YEARROUND HELP AT ZOO MONTANA

Zoo Montana needs you! The Botanical Society at Zoo Montana maintains all the gardens at Zoo Montana. We need all the help we can get as we have reclaimed many areas that are just waiting for some fresh ideas and maintenance during the upcoming season!

Once a gardener has been shown all the gardens and participated in a short training session you are free to work at any time. We do gather on Monday mornings during the growing season and work together until 12:00 pm with a wonderful tea/lemonade break. There will be an evening work time this summer as well, the evening is yet to be determined.

During the spring we will clear, clean, and amend the soil. After Memorial Day we plant, maintain, and watch the beautiful gardens blossom into magical areas. Please consider helping us out not only to get your hours but join us as a permanent member!

Contact:
Teresa Bessette tetontess@hotmail.com 969-3477
Linda Buckingham buckingham.dbresnan.net 248-4735

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Calendar Items for Spring

APRIL 13 ~BLGS LIBRARY~ FAMILY MYSTERY NIGHT 6:30 PM

APRIL 28 ~ GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP DAY ~ 36 N 23rd, Billings ~ 9 AM

MAY 1 ~ ARBOR DAY ~ LAUREL, MURRY PARK ~ 10:30 – 3

MAY 3 ~ ARBOR DAY ~ BILLINGS OPTIMIST PARK ~ 7:30 – 1

MAY 5 ~ GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP DAY ~ 707 W 3RD, LAUREL

May 8 ~ BLGS LIBRARY ~ BEE TALK ~ 3:30 – 5:00

MAY 19 ~ GERANIUM FEST ~ ZOO MONTANA ~ 10 – 4

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THE OTHER FARMERS’ MARKET

Thinking about planning your garden for the summer? Consider planting a little extra to sell at the Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market.

The Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market is a community market held Thursdays, the 2nd week in June through the first week of October, 4:30-6:30 pm at South Park (Intersection of S. 28th Street and 6th Avenue S.).

The goal of the Gardeners’ Market is to provide an outlet for consumers to purchase fresh, healthy, local and affordable produce and eggs, as well as provide a place for local gardeners and farmers to directly sell their produce. The market is also a social meeting place to celebrate health and nutrition in the community.

The environment is relaxed and social with lots of educational activities for children as well as adults. There isn’t a vendor fee, we just ask that vendors reflect the savings in the price charged for produce, and there is no commitment that you need to be at every market.

If you have questions or would like to consider this opportunity contact Maia Dickerson, market@healthybydesignyellowstone.org or 406-651-6403 and she will put you on the contact list for vendor updates and May training!

By Maia Dickerson

HARD WORK AND REWARDS ~ CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

David Kimball – $150 for 1600 volunteer hours

Plus $175 for 1800 volunteer hours (busy year!)

Sharon Wetsch – $175 for 1800 volunteer hours

Joann Glasser – $100 for 1000 volunteer hours

Plus Mantle Clock for 1200 volunteer hours (another hard worker!)

Bob Wicks – Mantle Clock for 1200 volunteer hours

Level 1 certified: Joan Griffith

Bob Wicks and Joann Glasser received their clock rewards on March 14, 2018, at the March Master Gardener Association meeting. This reward is given to Master
Bob Wicks and AmyGardeners with 1200 volunteer hours, these two making a total of seven given out to date. Congratulations and thanks to Bob and Joann for your hard work and dedication to our Master Gardener program. It’s Master Gardeners like you who validate our program.Joann Glasser

This Association meeting was also Bob Wicks’ last one as president, after serving four years in this capacity. Bob has been one of the pillars who helped spearhead our association back in 2011, along with Master Gardeners Ann Guthals, Corry Mordeaux, Joann Glasser, Marion Grummett, Merita Murdock and Sharon Wetsch. I am so proud to say that all these Master Gardeners are still active in our program and have been major contributors to its success.
Thank you, Bob, for your big heart, cheerful nature and tireless optimism.
– By Amy Grandpre

MOSS MANSION MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The Moss Mansion was home to members of the prominent Billings family for eighty years. Many changes have come to the property since its development in 1903, and it is as glorious as ever in the new millennium thanks to skilled and generous Master Gardeners.

Among the many features are ten gardens, several ‘vintage’ cottonwoods, an elderly Russian Olive, two giant spruces, a variety of crabapple, ash and other smaller trees, expansive lawn areas and a large cedar hedge. The patio and pavilion area at the back of the property features modern brick walks and patios, stone and wood benches, overflowing flower pots in season and a large pergola festooned with Virginia Creeper. You can find lilac bushes, hydrangeas, roses, and a glorious maple that flames red-orange in the fall.

Each spring, summer and fall smiling teams of Master Gardeners gather to carefully prune, plant, feed, and clean every corner of the property under the direction of current Staff Groundskeeper Linda Brewer and long-time Board of Directors Representative Stacey Jacobs. Donations from local businesses and other generous donors keep the garden shed on site well-stocked and the beds bright with color and texture. Thousands of visitors from near and far enjoy leisurely strolls, excellent photo opportunities, and unique weddings and other events among the vibrant, healthy trees and flowers – all thanks to Yellowstone County Master Gardeners!

With the huge variety of trees, perennials, and annuals to care for our board and staff is blessed and honored to have had the knowledgeable guidance and assistance of the Montana State University Extension and Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for years since the house became a museum. Without the support of Master Gardeners, the Billings Preservation Society would not be able to maintain the house and grounds. Since 1986 millions of dollars have gone into the preservation and operation of the stately mansion, and all of those dollars come from tours, fundraisers, events and rentals, small one-time grants, and generous donors. No permanent federal or state funds are available to operate or preserve the museum, and there are no private partners who provide permanent funding.

Learn more about the Moss Mansion, our mission, and other volunteer and educational opportunities on a tour or at mossmansion.com and on Facebook.

Submitted by Corinna Sinclair