2017 Chili Fundraiser-Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lyons Garden Club

Annual Chili Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

The Lyons Garden Club will be holding is annual Chili Sale Fundraiser At the Stone Cup parking lot at the end of the Lyons Spooktacular Parade Route. Entries can be Red, Green or Vegetarian.

Enter:  Entering your chili in the cook-off is easy. No entry fee is required! Bring a crockpot with a ladle to the Stone Cup Parking lot on Saturday 10/28/17. (Both clearly marked with your name on the back.) Fill out an entry form when you drop off your chili.

Vote: This year voting is a little different. Those purchasing chili can vote, but make sure you sample at least a few entries before you vote. Hopefully there will be no ballot box stuffing. Stuff yourself with chili instead.

Win: One entry will receive a People’s Choice prize of a $50.00 gift certificate to Gwynne’s Greenhouse. Winner will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

We will start accepting chili entries at 3:30 p.m.  Sales begin at 4:30 p.m. and will last until chili is gone.

Samples will be sold for $.50 per taste and each bowl will be $5.00.  Toppings will be provided. 

Beverages will be available at the Stone Cup for purchase.

Come to the parade and come to the Lyons Garden Club Annual Chili Sale Fundraiser. Whether you want to cook, compete or eat, you’re bound to have a wonderful time.

The Garden Club will also be selling specially decorated Halloween Flamingos as a special fundraiser. They are fun, foolish and fabulous. One can be yours for a minimum $10.00 donation.

Welcome to Fall Lyons Garden Club Members

That means there will be leaves to rake, bulbs to plant and of course your best chili to enter in the Lyons Garden Club Chili Cook-Off. The LGC cook-off will be held on October 29th at the Stone Cup at the end of the Halloween parade route.

The attached application will give you all the entry information you need. If you can't submit a chili, be sure to make plans to drop by and have a bowl of chili from Lyon's best chili cooks.

Weed and Feed is Back for Summer 2015
The weeds are having a field day this year, what with all the rainfall. Join us for the Summer Weed and Feeds.

First one will be Wednesday 7/1 at 9:00 a.m.


The schedule will be:

1st Wed of the month at 9:00 a.m.

3rd Wed of the month at 6:30 p.m.


Bring a digger, gloves, bucket.

We sometimes go out for a "feed" afterwards. Join the fun!

Meet at the Butterfly Garden

The next
Garden Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. All members and interested garden lovers are invited. LGC Board member Sue Wratten will be hosting at her home located at 916 2nd Ave. This is a potluck meal. We hope to see you there.

Garden to Garden Event 5/31/15

The Garden to Garden Plant Distribution was held on 5/31 and Wow! The number of plants and the variety was fabulous. Participants were delighted and volunteers as well. Thanks to all who participated and Happy Planting!

Many thanks to Kim Dunning and Lois LaCroix of Martin Park Garden Club of Boulder for their inspiring organization and hard work. We are grateful to you lovely ladies.

Also thanks to the generous donations from Sturtz and Copeland, Long's Iris Gardens, Home Depot Boulder, Whole Foods Basemar Center, Botanical Interests Seed Co. in Broomfield, Applewood Seed Co., Boulder Garden Club, Martin Acres Garden Club, Growing Gardens, Johanna Zeh and the Martin Acres Neighborhood and Boulder County Residents who dug and divided their own gardens.

Thanks to the LGC members who donated their time in the planning and distribution. Special thanks to the lovely Anne Marie Mikoni, LGC Programs Director. She was the organizer of this project. It was a wonderful success. Cheers to you Anne Marie!

Post from 5/14/15-Message from Deb, Our Membership Director

Hi Garden Pals, we have some spring time maintenance to accomplish at the West Wall while the weeds are wet and easy to pull out.  If anyone can come on Thur, May 14 between 4:00 – 5:00pm, a group of us are meeting to help spruce up the area.  We would appreciate the help and support so this is just not a 2-3 person project.  Please come and meet some fellow gardeners and help give back to the Town.  Thanks for the help!  Debbie


PS:  The West Wall is where the bears are, just across the street from the Stone Cup. 

Link to Carol O'Meara's Article in Boulder Daily Camera re Plant Sales in the area.

Garden to Garden Plant Distribution-Sunday May 31, 2015 -12:00 p.m.

When:    Sunday, May 31, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. or when plants "sold out"

Where:  Confluence Area-At the intersection of 4th and Park

Who:     Residents who are replanting due to flood damage

Why:     Because beautiful gardens enhance our community

How:      Lyons Garden Club collaboration with Martin Acres Garden Club,


What:    Plants, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ground cover, xeriscape


More Who: Donations will be received from various garden businesses such as Home Depot, McGuckin’s, Sturtz and Copeland, Applewood Seed Company, Giambrocco and Sons, Botanical Interests.


More How: Participants need to sign up by May 1, 2015 by contacting Anne Marie Mikoni at (303) 859-9089 or mikonanne@aol.com


Participants will be given 25 “Blooming Bucks” at the registration table to “purchase” plants. One plant per buck. Participants will need to transport plants home—bring a wheelbarrow, wagon or vehicle.


More Info: Please contact Anne Marie Mikoni or check Lyons Garden Club on Facebook or Website: www.lyonsgardenclub.org

Post from Mimi Elmore
Plants for bee nectar recommended by the Xerces Society for the Rocky Mountain Region:
All of these plants need to be planted at least in 5, 7, 9's to be of real use to bees and butterflies.

Spring-Blooming Herbaceous Plants
Rocky Mounatain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus)
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata)
Perennial Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)

Summer-Blooming Herbaceous Plants
Beebalm, Wild Bergamot, (Monarda fistuosa)
Coneflower, Pale Purple, (Echinacea pallida) (June_Aug)
Culver’s Root, (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
Milkweed, Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed, (Asclepias tuberosa) A minimum of 10 plants needed to be planted in a group to attract Monarchs. (
Showy Milkweed, (Asclepias speciosa), Our local milkweed which takes a larger space. A minimum of 10 plants needed to be planted in a group to attract Monarchs. (
Leadplant, (Amorpha canescens), excellant nectar and pollen
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
Native Verbena, (Verbena bipinnatifida)
Hollyhock, (Althaea), All single petal Hollyhocks for butterflies, bees, & hummingbirds

Autumn-Blooming Herbaceous Plants
Colorado Asters You can plant these easily by seed from BBB (Beauty Beyond Belief)
Ironweed, (Vernonia fasciculata) for bees & butterflies
Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)
Rocky Mountain Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata), most Goldenrods work
Coneflower, (Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple’)

Please check with your nursery to make certain that you're planting neonicotinoid free plants. To plant anything else will actually do more harm than good to our polinators like bees and butterflies. We've provided the latin name for each plant, so that you'll be asssured that you're planting the correct plant.

I hope this helps. Happy planting,

Weed and Feed

posted Jun 26, 2015, 8:19 AM by Lyons Garden

Weed and Feed Schedule for Summer 2015

First one will be on Wednesday, July 1st at 9:00 a.m.


1st Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Meet at the Butterfly Garden (across from Stone Cup) Bring digger, gloves, bucket.
Hope to see you there!

Garden to Garden Project

posted Mar 27, 2015, 10:30 AM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Mar 27, 2015, 10:36 AM ]

Lyons Garden club members, Boulder Martin Acres Group members and Jamestown Recovery Group members met at the Barking Dog on March 21st to plan the Garden to Garden plant distribution event set for Sunday, May 31st. It was a great meeting with sunshine, coffee, cinnamon rolls and lots accomplished.

Lyons Town Hall Plaza Project

posted Mar 23, 2015, 10:27 AM by Lyons Garden

Watch This Space!

Lyons Garden Club is excited to announce the award from the Lyons Community Foundation for The Town Square Improvement Project. The LCF awarded $5,000.00 to the Town of Lyons for professional landscaping at the Town Hall. Mimi and Larry Elmore of Wild by Design are selecting the plants which are all carefully designed to be not only native species, but attractive to butterflies, birds and insects. Garden Club members will be doing the planting. We are so grateful for this grant from LCF  to the Town.  This enables us all to continue with our mission to “Beautify Lyons One Flower at a Time.” This wonderful opportunity will provide an abundance of beautiful plants and flowers in one massive planting. Stay tuned for details.

Plant It Forward Program

posted Mar 9, 2015, 11:58 AM by Lyons Garden

The Plant It Forward event is scheduled for May 30, 2015 at a time and place to be announced soon. Gwynne Owen is available to consult with Plant it Forward Participants

Gwynne OwenMore exciting Plant It Forward news: Gwynne Owen of Gwynne’s Greenhouse in Lyons has graciously agreed to consult with participants in the Plant It Forward program to give advice on plant selection, soil and plant care.

Like many of us, Gwynne’s Greenhouse experienced flood damage (see pic below). She knows what kind of damage the flood caused in Lyons and has been and will continue to be of great value to help residents still in the process of restoring their gardens. 
Visit or call Gwynne this spring. She has a great selection and a beautiful greenhouse and outdoor gardens.

Gwynne’s February Hours: 9-4, Tuesday thru Saturday.

Gwynne’s will be extending hours in March and will be open 7 days a week beginning in mid-April.   

Phone: (303) 823.6818
E-mail: gwynnesgreenhouse@gmail.com
The Plant It Forward event is scheduled for May 30, 2015 at a time and place to be announced soon.

Plant It Forward Project-2015

posted Feb 21, 2015, 5:14 PM by Lyons Garden

The Lyons Garden Club will continue this spring with the Plant It Forward program begun last fall, to assist Lyons area residents who sustained damage to their flowerbeds from the 2013 flood.  The project will be expanded, due to an exciting collaboration with the Garden to Garden program, sponsored by Martin Acres Gardening Group in Boulder. Plant It Forward Project Coordinator, Anne Marie Mikoni, has been working closely with Garden to Garden leaders Lois LaCroix, Kim Dunning and Nina Andalero. After visiting Lyons and seeing the severe damage to many homes, Lois contacted the Lyons Garden Club last summer to offer assistance to any Lyons or Jamestown resident with flood damage, to help return their flowerbeds to the colorful spaces they were prior to the flood.  The Boulder Garden to Garden group has secured donations from Boulder residents, Boulder nurseries and garden centers, and will supply an assortment of perennials, annuals and shrubs to be delivered to Lyons. The plant distribution event will be held in Lyons on May 30th.

Details of the event will be announced soon on this website and local media. Please reach out to your friends and neighbors who are still in the process of restoring their yards and tell them to attend this special event! If you are interested in more information, you can also contact Anne Marie Mikoni at 303-859-9089, or mikonanne@aol.com. We are very grateful for this very generous offer, and looking forward to another year devoted to "making Lyons beautiful, one flower at a time!"

Gardens and Grasshoppers: Kids Guide to Insects

posted Feb 21, 2015, 4:03 PM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 5:34 PM ]

Attached is a link that kids who are interested in gardening and/or insects might like. The article is "Gardens And Grasshoppers: Kids Guide to Insects." 

This link was sent to us by Lauren at After School Care Programs. Thanks Lauren and happy gardening!

Lyons Garden Club 7th Annual Chili Cook-off

posted Sep 10, 2014, 12:09 PM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 2:36 PM ]

Calling all chili-heads! It is once again time to see who will get bragging rights for the best chili in town. Bring your chili to The Stone Cup in Lyons on Saturday, October 25th and see how it stands up against the competition. Categories are red, green and vegetarian. First place prize for each category. Entry drop-off at 3:30, judging begins at 4:30, chili sales at 5:00. Entry fee is $10.00. Must submit a full crockpot of chili. Chili will be for sale following judging. All proceeds will benefit the "Plant it Foward" project.

Click on the application below  to print and send completed form with payment to:
Lyons Garden Club
PO Box 154
Lyons, CO  80540
(Can also drop off at The Stone Cup)

Lyons Garden Club - Plant it Foward!

posted Jun 12, 2014, 1:01 PM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Jul 19, 2014, 11:22 AM ]

The Lyons Garden Club is excited to announce a new project called “Plant it Forward”!  The idea behind this project, which was actually conceived by Eagle Crest Elementary teacher Sheila Freehill and the students of the 4th grade class, is to help plant flowers in some of the yards of Lyons’ homeowners who were affected by last fall’s flood.

 The fourth grade children wanted to help in some way, and with the help of Ms. Freehill, 4th grade teacher Stephanie Potter, and Jennifer Ordway, they decided to have a bake sale, collection jar, and dollar drive to raise money and donate to Lyons. Several teachers at Eagle Crest live in Lyons, and they contacted Lyons resident Deb Simms and the Lyons Garden Club to see if somehow the donation could be used for flowers. After receiving a very generous donation from the 4th grade class of Eagle Crest Elementary, the Lyons Garden Club is launching this opportunity to any Lyons resident who would like part of their flower beds, lost due to flood damage, planted with bulbs or perennials of their choice.

 Those interested will complete an application, which will be reviewed by the LGC Board of Directors. Entries are due by August 31, 2014, at which time ten recipients will be chosen for the project. Recipients will have the opportunity to consult with the Lyons Garden Club for plant options.  The LGC will provide $100.00 worth of flowers, mulch and free labor.  Applicants must own and reside on the property under consideration, provide a ready-to-plant area or pots, and also have a readily available water source.   Once planting is completed, the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the plants. In keeping with the spirit of The Lyons Garden Club, each recipient will also receive our signature plant in the form of daffodil bulbs!

If you would like to participate, please complete the application and mail to Anne Marie Mikoni/ Plant it Forward, PO Box 1608, Lyons, CO 80540 or download here  and email to mikonanne@aol.com (Subject: Plant it Forward).

If you would like to donate to this project, please contact Sue Wratten at lyonscogardenclub@gmail.com.

The Lyons Garden Club and the students of Eagle Crest are looking forward to “Plant it Forward”!



posted Apr 27, 2014, 12:34 PM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 12:08 PM ]

8th Annual Chili Cook-Off

posted Oct 23, 2012, 6:24 PM by Lyons Garden   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 7:54 AM ]

Hope to see you there!!

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