N orth Dakota State Garden Clubs

Sheyenne Valley Garden Club, Valley City

My gardening beginnings are intertwined with my North Dakota roots. Picking the western prairie hills clean of fuzzy-stemmed crocus. Lilac bushes framing our doorway with their sweet scent. Digging deep with a spade to unbury the morning glories so they could delicately dance with the petunias on white wire fences. Planting peas and green beans seeds held by golden soft margarine tubs in neat rows. Dandelions likened in a poem to my mother’s prettiness. Harvesting chokecherries in ice cream buckets for syrup topping. Removing potato bugs one by one and weeding the tree rows alone with a hoe, water, and a radio. Biking through waves of attacking grass hoppers. Coneflowers and climbing rock piles with brave adventure. Apple and plum trees ripening in a shelter belt with a heavy perfume. Carving jack-o-lanterns into monsters with mutilating flare. Then winter with its crisp sand like dunes with an admired blue spruce Christmas tree to noble to house …waiting  …  waiting the rhythms for this transplanted gardener continue with its new frustrations, habits, learning, and plans yet always the love shared by my fellow gardeners who this quarter organized itself as follows:

July Meeting: Traveling again, members enjoyed a well-planned Jamestown Garden Tour. Hostess Patty Beil coordinated the trip.

August Meeting: Late summer fun at hostess Carol Knutson’s home and garden included a silent auction and potluck with many plants and produce, etc. to share.

September Meeting: Hostess LuAnn Martin welcomed members to her home and garden, treating all to a catered luncheon. A tour of Wimbledon’s train depot and Peggy Lee museum was North Dakota history coming alive when presented by a local resident. Then to Carrington’s Research Extension Center for a presentation on forestry and a tour of their orchard by two gracious and knowledgeable professionals in horticulture.

Let us all tackle fall clean up with hopeful thoughts.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristen Hoyt, SVGC President


April Meeting:  Members traveled to Petal Pushers Greenhouse in Embden, ND. The program hosted by Kristen Hoyt had members planting containers of succulents and developing skills in growing these fun, low maintenance plants.

May Meeting:  Annual SVGC GreenhouseTour. This year was a visit to Sheyenne Country Greenhouse in Sheldon, ND and Harmeson’s Greenhous,  LaMoure, ND  planned by Linda Luessen and LuAnn Martin. A stop at a young lady’s Chirping Tree Greenhouse near Enderlin, ND, in support of future gardeners, and luncheon at Hodenatte’s on Main in Lisbon were highlights.  At our monthly meeting, hostess Darlene Mueller shared a slideshow from her adventure visiting Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada. Members enjoyed rhubarb pie baked by Luanne Martin.

June Meeting: Valley City’s Community Gardens Tour, introduced by a brief history from Don Bauer husband of hostess Sandy Bauer, was on this month’s agenda. Founded in 2009, their mission is to provide people with the opportunity to garden, grow fresh produce and develop community. These 54, 20 square foot plots, rented annually, are located in a beautiful setting west of Riverside Gardens, Valley City.

A  fun time was had by all this quarter and looking forward to the quarter ahead.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristen Hoyt,SVGC President


The club membership has chosen not to meet during the month of January each year. The club membership has also chosen not to organize an SVGC Flower Show for 2018.

February Meeting:  Members enjoyed a spaghetti supper meal at the Valley City Eagles. Hostess Linda Luessen then provided instruction on painting Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

March Meeting:  The program presented by Carol Knutson included a discussion on this year’s “All American Winners” from the AAS.

Two members who attended Carrington’s Garden Day in March stated it was excellent and hope it will become an annual event. It was planned by a new organization currently considering joining the
State or National Garden Clubs.

Sadly stormy weather ended three members’ plans to attend Garden Day in Fergus Falls in March.

Members scheduled the SVGC Annual Greenhouse Tour for May 17th.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristen Hoyt, SVGC President