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Kirkwood in BLOOM is pleased to announce the premiering, today, of a website for the Kirkwood Garden Club. Via a special financial gift received by Kirkwood in BLOOM, KIB has donated the development and hosting of this website ( to enhance public awareness of this important community service organization.

The past and present efforts of the Kirkwood Garden Club contribute significantly to the appearance of the plantings around the Kirkwood Train Station, a key component of the downtown Kirkwood landscape.

In addition to presenting the Club's mission, history, purpose and summary of activities, the site features a section outlining upcoming Kirkwood Garden Club meetings (go to the "Garden Club" tab). A Club membership application is also accessible via a pdf attachment.


Horticulture Gardening Institute and Whole Foods Market® Present SMARTGARDEN® Environmentally Friendly Gardening Practices Event

Gardeners throughout St. Louis are just a ‘click away’ from learning new ways to protect their environment while they take care of their gardens this spring and summer.

Wednesday evening, April 6th, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Whole Foods Market®, 1601 S. Brentwood Boulevard in St. Louis, will feature a special event “SMARTGARDEN® Environmentally Friendly Gardening Practices.”

Pasty Hobson, garden writer and speaker, will share a presentation on organic gardening and environmentally friendly gardening practices. Ms. Hobson’s gardening success has inspired the many recipes that have been published in Southern Living Magazine, Woman’s Day and Herb Companion, Southern Living Annual Recipes Cookbook, and The Best Of Country Cooking Cookbooks. She holds a degree from the College Of The Ozarks, is a Master Gardener emeritus and is retired from the University Of Missouri Extension.

Following Ms. Hobson’s presentation, participants will experience a demonstration of the Horticulture Gardening Institute’s new online program, The Art and Science of the SMARTGARDEN®, developed with the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and sponsored by DK Publishing.

This self-paced program is based on the AHS 10 Tenets of the SMARTGARDEN® and AHS 400-page Northeast Regional Guide. It teaches gardeners to re-assess gardening skills, lifestyle, daily gardening practices and landscape plans while becoming a steward of the earth. It also features a discussion board that connects participants, which encourages them to share ideas and exchange experiences.

All participants who complete the online program earn a certificate from the Gardening Institute and AHS. Missouri Master Gardeners are encourages to contact their state Master Gardener program coordinator to find out if they can received educational hours for attending the event and for completing the online program.

The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration is currently being taken at Whole Foods Market®. Please call the store at (314) 968-7744 to reserve a seat.

Event participants will also have the opportunity to purchase the SMARTGARDEN® online program and 400-page Northeast Regional Guide for a special price of $79 per person – a $99 value. (Note: Gardeners who cannot attend the event can also sign up for The Art and Science of the SMARTGARDEN® online program and purchase 400-page Northeast Regional Guide for the retail price of $99 per person, plus shipping. Go to http://www.gardeninginstitute.comto register.)

For more information about the Horticulture Gardening Institute contact