It is a perfect time to enjoy and capture the beauty of Summer in the Gardens for this year’s annual photo contest. Rhododendrons, azaleas, the many dogwood trees and Shasta lilies all made their appearance last spring. The deadline is September 26, 2014 and all entries will be on display at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir during the month of October.
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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Save the date for the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens’ 25th anniversary celebration on June 21, 2015. You won’t want to to miss this very special Tribute to the Trees!
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Update your calendars and devices now. One of Siskiyou County’s most long-standing events celebrates its 25th Anniversary on June 20, 2015. The Board of the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens requests your company as the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra presents its annual Tribute to the Trees concert. The meadow will be decked out in style for this very special Silver Serenade and catered supper. Only 300 dinner tickets will be available, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as they go on sale in the spring. Grab some glam and let your silver shine for this gala summer tradition.
The Gate opens at 3:30 PM with an al fresco supper served at 5:00 PM followed by a concert at 6:30 PM featuring the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets for the event may be purchased soon.
Each year, our horticulturalist, Cadace Miller, updates her Wish List of special specimen plants she would like to add to the Gardens for our visitors’ enjoyment and the enrichment of our plant collection. The plants range from a tricolor dogwood in the McHenry Bed, to a yellow rhododendron at the entrance to the Spider Azalea Bed, to a dwarf hydrangea at the corner of the Children’s Garden. Many other special plants (native and ornamental) and their proposed locations are included on the DBG 2014 Wish List. Prices range from $10 to $100.
If you would like to purchase a special plant and donate it to the Gardens, please contact Candace at 530-261-1371. Candace will be glad to discuss the possibilities with you!
Posted by Candace, Gardens’ Horticulturalist
The Photo Contest Committee wishes to thank all of the Botanical Gardens 2013 Contest participants for sharing their wonderful photos and the contest judges, Paul Melo, Michael LeGuellac, Karrie Ann Snure and Nancy Ziller. All 2014 entries will again be on display at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir through the month of October.
The contest is open to all ages in categories including Wildlife, Plants, Landscape/Scenery and People in Nature. All photos must have been taken in the Botanical Gardens. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Best of Youth, Adult and Professional Divisions will receive a $50 cash prize.
Please mark your calendars for the 2014 contest deadline,September 26, 2014. The complete list of rules and entry forms are available for download on our Annual Photo Contest web page or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.