Reminders of Niwot’s historic garden club, originating in 1938, are easily spotted around Boulder County. From the gazebo in Whistle Stop Park — a tribute to the original built by the garden club decades ago — to the club’s scrapbook at the Longmont Museum, this gardening club was an important pillar of Niwot society for many years.
The original gardening club was 25 members strong, with a waiting list of potential new members ready to step in when the opportunity arose. The gardening club was both a social and educational opportunity for women in the community to practice their gardening skills, make new friends, and express their creativity.
Longtime Niwot resident and realtor Pat Murphy recently resurrected the garden club because she saw how much good the previous group did for the community. The Niwot Garden Club met for the second time this past Saturday, July 20, at the home of Paula Rubin. Fourteen women gathered to discuss a variety of gardening-related topics.
Members shared tactics for battling weeds via natural methods and a skilled rose gardener shared her methods for propagating new roses. The fourteen participants also discussed past involvement in gardening organizations, different climates previously resided in, and plants sorely missed from past gardens.
In addition to gardening tactics, the club discussed future plans to grow the group and contribute to the community. There was talk of creating a how-to booklet with helpful gardening tips for area gardeners. Club members also discussed a possible garden tour and considered potential gardening projects around Niwot.
The next meeting will take place on August 10 in Niwot. Interested parties may contact Pat Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.