THIS IS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GARDENING GROUPS IN LYONS
Lyons Garden Club
Lyons Garden Club welcomes new members. — Each spring we meet to plant new flowers and clean up from winter. Our gardens have many native plants and plants well adapted to the dry Colorado climate.
Come join us this spring and summer for planting, weeding, conversation and exchange of gardening knowledge. You can often see us working at the West Wall, where the Bears (sculptures) reside and in the Butterfly garden (across the street).
We are an active group during the spring and summer and we like to get our hands dirty! Gardening is healthy and fun, and you will make a difference! Your participation will be rewarding to you and your community.
VOLUNTEERS: Check out our website this spring for the planting and weeding schedules. To be added to our mailing list email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
President-Sara Erickson // Treasurer-Sue Wratten // Volunteers Coordinator-Debbie Simms // Programs Coordinator-AnneMarie Mikoni
FIRST GARDEN TOUR – June 19, 2021
The Lyons Garden Club is pleased to announce its first annual Garden Tour entitled “Mountain Blooms. This event is set for Saturday, June 19, 2021. The variety of gardens on the tour will offer inspiration to everyone who visits them. We have gardeners ranging from Stone Canyon to Apple Valley who are opening their gardens for this event. We have already recruited supporters from local businesses and will have a fabulous drawing with great prizes ranging from gift cards, to artwork to gardening items. Anyone who purchases a ticket will be automatically entered in the drawing.
Details will be posted during the next couple of months on Facebook, local newspapers, town e-mail blasts, and the town utility bill newsletter. The latest information will also be posted on our website: www.lyonsgardenclub.com. Purchasing tickets will be done through EventBrite. The launch date for registration will be May 1, 2021. A link will be posted on our website no later than May, 1 2021.
Proceeds from the event will go towards maintaining our current gardens at town sites at the West Wall ( where the Bears reside) and the Butterfly Garden (adjacent to Redstone Cyclery bike shop), purchase of tools, seeds and other supplies and supporting gardening projects throughout Lyons.
Our motto, since our founding, is “Making Lyons Beautiful, One Flower at a Time.” This event certainly is in keeping with that motto. Please join us for this exciting and fun event, which will involve the whole community. Lyons Garden Club is grateful to the Lyons Community Foundation, who provided a generous grant to make this event possible. We encourage you to support LCF and their incredible work.
Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens
Progress: 2020 – Weeding, mulching took place in the grasslands, southwest CO and riparian areas, planted first in spring. Fence posts up and chains. The area was blocked to foot traffic. We ask that four-legged friends and bicycles remain outside the Gardens. LYONS PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION held their monthly meeting on Monday 8/10; with a report on the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens by Garima Fairfax. Two donated sandstone benches were installed: (1) Lyons Garden Club (2) family of Don Hunt.
Donations received: from: Lyons Community Foundation — from the Community to replace plants ripped out by a vandal — general donations due to not having a spring plant sale due to covid restrictions.
Free Book Library: Check out the newest “Little Library” installed on the 4th Street side of the Botanic Gardens site (near the Bohn Park pedestrian bridge). The focus is on subjects of NATURE; donate a book, or borrow and return one that interests you.
Goals for 2021: The Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens is excited to announce work sessions will resume on Sunday, April 11th. Last year all the tough weeding was done, so this year should be not only easier, but very rewarding! Last year’s plantings should start putting on a good show soon. Lots of tasks needed to keep things going; volunteers are welcome.
When: 9 to 11 a.m., meeting Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays throughout the season.
What to Bring: Wear sturdy shoes, hat, gloves and sunscreen. Bring basic tools and water. Continue to stay safe by wearing masks and keeping 6 feet apart. Sessions cancelled if weather is inclement.
Located along the north side of St. Vrain River, just after the Bohn Park pedestrian bridge, between 4th and 5th. Limited parking in alley, just past Prospect. Or park along 5th.
Lyons Community Farm Project
A group of Lyons folks has come together with a vision of creating a community farm for our town. We envision it as a place to grow food, community, learning, and joy. The farm will be based on permaculture principles, and we hope for its bounty to be enjoyed by our whole community, and especially those who have the greatest need for fresh food. Besides growing food, we envision it as a place of learning greater self sufficiency skills such as canning food, cooking, working with various produce, growing food on one’s own land, and much more!
So far, our small but mighty group has been working on finding the perfect piece of land for this project, reaching out to permaculture teachers to support the learning that needs to happen for designing the land, researching grants and crowdfunding options, starting a Facebook group, setting up a nonprofit organization, etc. We want to welcome anybody who wants to participate in creating this farm from the ground up to join us!
Our working motto is “Give what you can, take what you need!” There is not much to take at this point, but eventually we hope to have a variety of produce, knowledge, community experiences, and empowerment around self-sufficiency to be taken by those who need these things!
Although we had our first planning meeting, it is not too late! If you are interested in participating in this project and helping to design the farm or support its creation in any way, please contact Vasi Smith at (720) 442-1368 or email email@example.com. Thank you to my partners Adrean Kirk and Mia Kissel who have been a vital part of this project so far.
For more information go to: Lyons Community Farm Project This page has updates on the group, as well as educational information and links to related events and activities going on. Email: Lyons Community Farm Project. Visit our web page for donations.only
Contact us to get more information about our permaculture classes that begin in May, and continue one weekend a month through October; cost is on a sliding scale; and top-notch instructors.
FIRST MEETING NOTES: On March 6th, a small, enthusiastic group of community members got together in Bohn Park to discuss the Lyons Community Farm Project. We explored different ideas and walked through some of the lands which we plan to apply to lease from the town. The main projects we have chosen to work on right now are…
OTHER GARDENING GROUPS
Kate Zalzal, Carse Pustmueller, and Bob Brakenridge have been working to set up a Community Gardens space in Lyons with individual plots for folks to lease. They also plan to have a community garden space as part of their project where everyone can help out and the produce can go to the LEAF pantry. All three are on the Lyons Ecology Advisory Board.
NEEDED! people to work on organizing this project. They are working on designating a piece of land in the next few weeks. There are a lot of decisions to be made, and you will be getting in on the ground level of creating the Community Garden! — This is a temporary email until they are further along in the project: Community Garden
FACEBOOK LYONS GARDENING “Groups”
= Lyons Garden Club Plant and Seed Swap =
This group was created for the love of gardening and the fulfillment that comes from exchanging plants amongst each other. Exchanging perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetable and fruit plants are all appropriate uses of this group. Our plants are for free, swap or for sale (cheaply, please). Welcome and Happy Gardening!
Are you in search of a specific plant or a small start of something? Just ask. We might have it. Do you have an abundance of a plant that you’d love to thin out and share? Please, do!
We kindly request that no marijuana swaps or sales are listed here (craigslist farm +garden is your source).
Lyons, Pinewood Springs, Big Elk Meadows, and Riverside/Raymond residents are included in our exchange. Residing in the 80540 zip code is kindly requested to be a part of this group.
(This is a “private” “general” club, with 224 members. Created July 2014); name changed August 2020; was Lyons Garden & Agriculture Club)
= Lyons Area Gardeners =
This is a group for gardeners in and around Lyons, Colorado, to ask questions, share knowledge, swap seeds, and provide general support and inspiration for each other in matters of soil, water, plant, bug, and any other matter of garden life
(This is a “public” “general” group created on August 2020, with 126 members)