Garden Center Events Cancelled for 2020

The Utah Iris Society has cancelled their meetings for March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. We assume that all other garden club events for the next few weeks have also been cancelled or postponed. We hope that the situation will improve and that we’ll be able to return to our normal schedules soon. […]

High School Essay Contest Winner Chosen

This year’s Utah winner is Anais Barrientos of Brigham City, sponsored by the Spade and Hope Garden Club. She will go on to compete at the National level for a $1,000 college scholarship. Here is her essay: Waste and Natural Habitats As the demand for land and resources continues to rise, our ability to supply […]

Poster Contest Winners Chosen

At the Winter Board Meeting of the UAGC today, winners were selected in the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest, which is open to elementary school students in the 1st through 5th grades. The posters must contain an image of Smokey Bear with the motto “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” or Woodsy Owl with the motto […]

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 […]