All Aboard For The Botanical Gardens

The Road Scholars made their annual stop at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens for an evening meal hosted by the Botanical Gardens Board of Directors during their inter-generational tour of northern California on June 24th.  The Botanical Gardens Board will host another group of Road Scholars visiting the Gardens on July 22, 2014.

The children, ages 6-10, and their grandparents came from Michigan, Ohio, British Columbia, Washington and California to experience life in a true railroad town and the fun and "can-do" attitude of the "Boxcar Children" in the book series written by Gertrude Chandler. The group stayed in the cabooses at Railroad Park.  During their 3 day stay in Dunsmuir, they visited Hedge Creek Falls, Mt. Shasta City Park and the headwaters of the Sacramento River, the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the Dunsmuir Railroad Museum and Shasta Caverns.

After a home cooked meal of gazpacho, lasagna, rice and vegetable casserole, salad, garlic bread, ice cream and brownies, the 26 Road Scholars toured the Botanical Gardens with Gardens' horticulturalist, Candace Miller, or played in the Children's playground. 

Road Scholar is the name of the program developed and offered by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in life-long learning. Road Scholar has enrolled more than 5 million participants in its educational adventures world-wide since its founding in 1975.

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Tribute to the Trees A Hit!

A gathering of over 300 guests celebrated the longest day of the year in the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.  "Summer Solstice", the theme of this year's 'Tribute to the Trees event, offered an evening of perfect weather, an array of pre-concert festivities and the beautiful music of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

Save the date for the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens' 25th anniversary celebration on June 21, 2015.
You won't want to to miss this very special Tribute to the Trees!

           Photos above Sue Lang
        Photo above Linda Price

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Tickets Still Available

The Tribute to the Trees event at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens is this Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Tickets are still available for Dinner and Concert $45 and Concert Only $20.  The Gate will open at 3:30 PM with dinner served at 5:00 PM followed by the concert featuring the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra at 6:30 PM.  Those who choose to attend the Concert Only are also invited to arrive early to enjoy the pre-concert activities and bring a picnic supper. A Silent Auction, raffle, Botanical Gardens Boutique and a full bar will be available.

For tickets and additional information call the event Box Office at 530-235-4740.  Tickets are also available at Village Books, Mt Shasta; Dunsmuir Hardware, Dunsmuir; and online www.dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org.


Tribute to the Trees June 21

Experience the first day of summer by attending the 24th annual Tribute to the Trees in the beautiful Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. The Gate opens at 3:30 PM with an al fresco supper served at 5:00 PM followed by a concert at 6:30 PM featuring the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

Jory Fankuchen, a PACO coach and teacher, will make his solo debut on this concert.  Mr. Fankuchen has performed in concert with many chamber ensembles and orchestras including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Berkeley Symphony.

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Benjamin Simon, will present a concert entitled "Across the Centuries" which will include Ralph Vaughn Williams' 1910 Fantasia, inspired by the 16th century melody by Thomas Tullis, Ernest Bloch's soulful Baal Shem and the music of Handel that still charms and inspires after 250 years.

Tickets for the event may be purchased on this website, Village Books, Mt. Shasta; Dunsmuir Hardware, Dunsmuir; or contact the event Box Office at 530-235-4740.

                                                       Jory Fankuchen

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First Signs of Spring

April showers have brought spring flowers and it is a perfect time to enjoy and capture the beauty of Spring in the Gardens for this year's annual photo contest.  Rhododendrons, azaleas, the many dogwood trees and Shasta lilies all make their appearance during the next few months.  The deadline is September 26, 2014 and all entries will be on display at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir during the month of October.

A complete list of rules and entry forms are available on the Gardens' website.  For additional information please contact: info@dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org.

                                          Sue Lang  "Rhodies Showing Off"

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