It's Oktoberfest!

Welcome in the harvest season at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens OKTOBERFEST, Saturday, October 4, at the Dunsmuir Community Building, 4835 Dunsmuir Avenue.  Doors open 5:00 PM with dinner served at 5:30 PM.  Homemade bratwurst by Bill Korbel and sauerkraut donated by Salt & Savour.
                                                    TICKETS $15

Entertainment will be provided by the Redding International Folk Dancers and Gerry Smida throughout the evening.  Dessert Auction at 7:30 PM.  Imported beers and wine available.

                                      PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY AT:
Dunsmuir Hardware, Dunsmuir
Village Books, Mt. Shasta
Call 530-235-4025

See you there!


New Interpretive Signs Installed

The new and long-awaited Interpretive Signs have been installed in the Botanical Gardens.  The four, full color laminated signs give information on the geological context of the Gardens, the Crevice Rock Garden, the flora and fauna of the river setting and the native plants endemic to the Gardens.  The signs are placed in different locations throughout the Gardens so visitors can enjoy them as they stroll throughout the beds.

This project was made possible through funding from the Union Pacific Foundation, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, the Don & Florence Bottega family and the many private donors to the Botanical Gardens.  This commitment to the mission of the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, to provide horticultural education to the members of the Dunsmuir Community and the people who visit here, is greatly appreciated.

The Gardens' Board of Directors also wishes to thank Dunsmuir Recreation & Parks Board members, Jerry Totten and Brian Wilson, for installing the signs, Bowen Saunders who worked so hard digging the eight post holes, Linda Price of LP Designs for her design and layout of the signs, the experts in their fields who contributed the specific information for the individual signs and Gardens' Horticulturalist, Candace Miller.

Brian Wilson, Jerry Totten and Candace Miller, Gardens' Horticulturalist

Brian and Jerry making sure the sign is level and straight

Brian adds cement to ensure a sturdy and permanent  installation


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

Post by Judy

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

Post by Judy

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!

Posted by Judy