Smart Gardens: How to be Water Wise in Times of Drought
On Friday, May 2, The Friends of the Madden Library and the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee held a program on drought-tolerant landscaping. This evening program complemented the Water Wise Plant Exchange that was held on May 3, at Fresno State’s Horticulture Greenhouse at 3150 E. Barstow Avenue, just east of Chestnut.
John Valentino and Susan Stiltz spoke on transitioning traditional lawns to more drought-tolerant landscaping. Valentino is co-founder and Board chair of Tree Fresno. He holds a B.A. in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and is the long-time president of Fresno State’s Friends of the Arboretum and current chair of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corporation. He is also president of Truxell and Valentino Landscape Development Inc., Sierra Madre Nursery Inc., and John and Bob’s Smart Soil Solutions. Stiltz is a landscape designer and consultant specializing in water-wise, low-maintenance plants, and is employed by the City of Fresno’s Water Conservation Department as a landscape specialist. She holds a B.S. degree in Plant Science from Fresno State, is the volunteer Garden Consultant for the Clovis Botanical Garden, a Certified Arborist, a Master Gardener, and a board member for Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. We also have the following groups, who displayed information at individual tables during the reception:
Aqua Cents Water Management
California Native Plant Society
Master Gardeners of Fresno County
SYNLawn of Central California
Valley Water Consortium
Friends of the Madden Library celebrated 100 Years of the Clovis Rodeo
February 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Madden Library on the Fresno State campus.Members of the all-volunteer, not-for-profit, Clovis Rodeo Association and rodeo stock contractor John Growney of Growney Brothers Rodeo talked about the history of the Clovis Rodeo and the sport of rodeo. Tour the Library’s Remington bronze collection and the Thomas J. Ebert American Frontier exhibition.
The owner of the legendary, world-champion bucking bull Red Rock, John Growney is credited with elevating the sport of rodeo to new heights when he paired the equally legendary world-champion cowboy Lane Frost against Red Rock in the Challenge of Champions in 1988, a series of seven attempts by champion bull rider Frost to make an 8-second ride on Red Rock, who had never been ridden in 309 attempts during his professional rodeo career. The third match between these legends occurred at the Clovis Rodeo, forever tying together the legend of a cowboy, a bucking bull, and the Clovis Rodeo.
Ebert American Frontier Collection Exhibition announced
This winter, the Madden Library featured a full-gallery exhibition of rare and important books from the Thomas J. Ebert American Frontier Collection. Ebert has spent a lifetime traveling in the American West and collecting books related to the frontier. Since 1993 he has donated almost 2,000 titles to the Library.
The books, from university presses, western historical societies, museums, and specialty presses, comprise one of the largest American frontier collections in California. The Madden Library holds many titles not found elsewhere in the California State University system, and they are available for checkout.