The Alternative Garden Club celebrated the first day of Spring by planting a street tree near downtown Salt Lake City as its service project for 2016. The club’s outreach theme for this year is the planting and care of urban trees. It would like to remind everyone that trees provide many benefits to our cities, including shade, beauty and cooling; they also need proper care, including watering during hot or dry spells.

Millcreek Gardens donated a tall, beautiful tulip tree for this project. Thom Sawyer of Millcreek Gardens will be the speaker at the club’s next meeting, on Wednesday, May 4, 7:30pm in the Sugar House Garden Center (1602 E. 2100 South). He will present some new, attractive varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers that are available for planting this year.

The Alternative Garden Club is a friendly society for LGBT persons and their straight allies who are interested in learning more about gardening and the natural environment. It meets the first Wednesday of each month. Annual membership is $20, but newcomers are always free to come check out the club and meet the group. For more information, contact altgardenclub@gmail.com or go to their Facebook page.

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