2014 Gardens Photo Contest Reminder

The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens awaits with summer photo opportunities.  Visit the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens and uncover its secrets..... the many varieties of hosta and ferns, mid-summer blooming plants and don't forget the wildlife!

Contest entry deadline is September 26, 2014!

 Photo Gretchen Barlow

Photo Gretchen Barlow

Photo Vicki Yerkes

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Pacific Crest Music Festival

Pacific Crest Music is a highly intensive chamber music program taking place in Dunsmuir this August 2 through August 10.  Nine amazing young musicians are coming from all over California and as far away as South America.

During the ten day program the young artists are studying, rehearsing and performing alongside their professional counterparts.  The program concludes with thee public performances.  On Thursday, August 7 at 7:00 PM an informal performance at the Dunsmuir Brewery and Friday, August 8 at 6:00 PM, the faculty will be showcased at POPS, 5819 Sacramento Avenue with a fundraising event for the students.

The final performance of the 2014 Festival will be held at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens on Sunday, August 10 at 6:00 PM. Some seating will be provided but there will be plenty of space for blankets and picnics.  Admission is free for this event.  Donations for the program's student scholarships will be graciously accepted by Pacific Crest Music.

Pacific Crest Music 2013 in the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

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Appreciation Day

The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens' Board of Directors hosted the annual Appreciation Day party for Gardens' sustaining members and volunteers on Sunday, July 28, 2014.  The group enjoyed refreshments provided by the Board, a presentation by Horticulturalist, Candace Miller on the new interpretive signs to be placed in the Gardens in the next few weeks, and a tour of the Gardens showing off the new acquisitions.

Of the 49 new plants added to the Gardens since last year's Appreciation Day party, 38 are natives and 11 are hybrid woodland ornamentals.  The natives include 36 penstemons acquired through a grant from the National Penstemon Society of which 21 are natives to Siskiyou County.  Other natives include Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis California, lizard tail) which forms a low growing mat with interesting flowers.  The other native is the Cascara shrub or small tree (Frangula purshiana). Both the Yerba Mansa and Cascara shrub are native to Siskiyou County.  New ornamentals include the "Vanilla Strawberry" hydrangea, "Hearts of Gold", a variety of eastern redbud, "Blue Butterflies" columbine and other showy specimens.

This special event is just a small thank you from the Board of Directors to all of the Gardens' members and volunteers without whom the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens could not provide this wonderful place for all to enjoy.  Thanks to all for keeping the Gardens blooming!

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Gardens Receives Union Pacific Grant Award

The Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens has received a $2,200 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation which was presented at the Foundation's reception held June 24, 2014 at the Best Western Tree House Plus.  Heather Jones, UPF representative, presented the award to Gardens' Horticulturalist, Candace Miller.

The grant award will be used to purchase new plants for the Gardens' plant collections, purchase soil amendment to improve the soil structure at the Gardens and buy a projector and screen for giving presentations on the Gardens and information on various horticultural topics. Ms. Miller, stated, "This grant award makes it possible for us to add unusual plant specimens to the Gardens and help us fulfill our mission to provide horticultural education to the public and we thank the Union Pacific Foundation for their continued support."

Since 1959 the Union Pacific Foundation has distributed grant awards to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations. Union Pacific believes that the quality of life in the communities in which their employees live and work is an integral part of the company's success.  The Union Pacific Foundation supports local projects and programs that enhance their community's quality of life.


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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