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Alternative Gardening Club prunes the roses

Garden Club March 2 To: Pruning Roses

Elise Hutchings, president of the Utah Rose Society, will be giving a demonstration on how to prune roses at the monthly meeting of the alternative Garden Club on March 2. “These beautiful but temperamental shrubs require special care,” says club member Geoff Ellis, “and this will be an opportunity to have your questions answered by a real expert.


The club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden Center at the northeast corner of Sugar House Park.

The Alternative Garden Club was founded in the early 1980s as a welcoming place for members of the LGBT community, as an “alternative” to some of the more conservative garden clubs who were less than welcoming to LGBT community.

Today, the club continues to function as a fun social group for LGBT persons and their allies who are interested in gardening, landscaping and growing things. Meeting topics have ranged from new tomatoes to historic landscaping to chickens and beekeeping. Potlucks and special garden tours are also held from time to time.

Membership in the Alternative Garden Club is $20 per year, but guests are always free to come attend a meeting to see whether they might like to join. For more information, look for the Alternative Garden Club on Facebook or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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