Delane Langton Iris Tour

It’s always an adventure…especially for me…to get to Delane and Jane Langton’s place….also known as the Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens. It’s well worth it though, after the long search down the windy, hilly roads of the Emerald Hills area.

This uniquely located garden was started in 1998 and sits on a breezy ridge, with iris plants crowning it. Delane and wife Jane, tend over 3,000 varieties of iris, which you can see here http://www.eagleridgeiris.com/ or on their Facebook page…just type in Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens in your Facebook search window.

Delane demonstrated how to divide iris, to discard the blooming fan… and told us how he successfully rescued some very, very old iris from rhizomes to be tossed from the Moss Mansion. He was also very generous is gifting iris starts to those interested.

~ Submitted by Amy Grandpre

Master Gardeners at Billings Public Library

FAMILY FUN – MYSTERY NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

On Friday, April 13th, fifteen creative and ambitious Master Gardeners plus some of their family members used the Community Room at the library to host a Family Fun Night. it was open to the public with approximately 50 people in attendance. Educational displays on square foot gardening, garden tools, wise water use, pollination, good bugs, praying mantis, pine beetles and the Master Gardener Program were set up around the room.

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Merita talking with young girl

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Butler telling participants what he did

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Pat answering questions about African violets

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Karen H. at geranium table

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Vonnie heling with children’s activities.

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Casey D. and Cindy R.

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Pat M. and actors Bee, Ron, Merita and Joann

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Sharon Y. greeting guests

Those in attendance were told about the Master Gardener program and treated to a short skit “What is this?” in which they tried to determine who was telling the truth. The main activity for the evening was getting the audience to solve the Mystery at Orchard Manor as to why some plants were not doing well and who was responsible. Furthermore, there were children’s activities, drawings for gardening prizes, and snacks. Guests went home with zinnia plants, bulbs, square foot gardening packets and educational hand outs. This educational and fun event was immensely enjoyed by the participants as well as the volunteers.

~Submitted by Elaine Allard
~Photos by Joan Griffin

Laurel Arbor Day

We had 200 Laurel 4th graders from both the public school, home schoolers, Baptist academy and New Life school. We started with a BBQ, ceremony, then tree planting. 9 trees were planted around the pond to give shade and help anchor the banks. Then 8 presenters shared their expertise on subjects from fish, weeds, bees, fire safety, tree care, pests and electrical lines.Laurel Arbor Day 2

All students enjoyed learning more about the Park and it’s needs as well as it planting trees that will enhance the parks beauty. Donors for this Laurel Tree Board sponsored event were The Lions Club, NW Energy, DNRC, Yellowstone Bank, Western Security Bank, Dynamic Design, ACE Hardware , and Laurel Public Schools.

~ Submitted by LuAnne Engn

Billings Arbor Day

At 7:30am the twelve Master Gardener volunteers started a cool morning assembling the four work and display stations at a very beautiful Optimist Park in preparation for the 4th grade students that followed at 9am.

The first station was on the importance of pollinators of all kinds and their relationship to our healthy eating and wellbeing as well as the importance and benefits of trees to our world. They were then shown how to mix the ingredients for making seed bombs if they wanted to make more at home.

At the four tables the children began making the egg sized mud seed holder and rolled them in colored chalk. They were then led to a cleanup area and names were attached to their seed bombs. Each class was given about 15 minutes with each of the other presenters before the noon time celebrities spoke to them again of the importance of trees, the kind of trees planted many years ago in the beginning of the park and what kind of trees would be planted that day.

~ Submitted by Sheri Kisch

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Do you buy “club sized” nuts at COSTCO? The plastic containers are perfect for kid project terrariums and are used for various Master Gardener education events. Let Elaine Allard know if you have plastic containers. elaineswatergardens@hotmail.com

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Pollinator Day at St Andrew Community Garden

Master Gardner Dave Kimbell was part of the program at St. Andrew Community Garden Pollinator Day event on June 23. He also did an interview with Terry Moore which is available to watch on YouTube, https://youtu.be/lT7FF8svAZM The garden is in its sixteenth year and has 140 plots (it began with 40)! It includes a mission garden from which produce is donated to area social services.