2019 Smokey Bear Poster Contest Winners Chosen

The Utah Associated Garden Clubs have chosen the winning entries in this year’s Smokey Bear poster contest. Because it is the 75th anniversary of Smokey Bear, all of the entries were required to depict Smokey this year (usually the children have a choice of drawing Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl). The contest is open to […]

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest Underway

The Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster contest, promoted to remind local schoolchildren in grades 1-5 of the importance of preventing wildfires, is now underway. Connie MacKay, UAGC President and Smokey Bear Chairman, reports that more than 370 entries have been received. Here’s a look at last year’s winners.

Iris Society Member Passes Away

Don Petersen Nebeker passed away of causes incident to age January 22, 2019—a week short of his 99th birthday. He lived long, loved much, and traveled far.  He was a graduate of West High, (SLC, UT)  and the University of Utah. He served in WWII as a bombsight technician in Seething, England with the 448th Bomb Group.  After […]

Japanese Garden Caretaker Needed

Hello, I am the Assistant General Manager of the Salt Palace convention center her in downtown. We are very proud of our garden and the attention to detail is was getting. The gentleman that was taking care of it was Gordon Hashimoto. Gordon passed away suddenly last month and we are looking for anyone who […]

Purge Your Spurge

Euphorbia myrsinites, commonly known as myrtle spurge or donkey tail, is a perennial weed originally introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental plant.  In our climate, it has escaped from cultivation and invaded the foothills, forming colonies that can almost completely displace our native plants.  Its sap consists of a milky latex that is highly poisonous […]

Joy Hashimoto Tribute

On Saturday, April 14, we celebrated Arbor Day a little early (it’s normally the last Friday in April) to pay tribute to the memory of Joy Hashimoto by planting a Japanese flowering cherry tree in the park near the Sugar House Garden Center.  Mrs. Hashimoto, who lived to the age of 90, was a longtime […]

In Memoriam: Jeff Lenci

Jeff Lenci, former building manager for the Sugar House Garden Center, passed away on June 4, 2017.  He had been instrumental in rehabilitating the garden center and setting up a new operational plan to keep it financially solvent.  He was a beloved friend, neighbor, and co-worker to many people, as well as being a very […]