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Music in the Garden: Sunday Concert Amidst the Bloom

Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation presents the third summer concert in the “Music in the Garden” series on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 12 – 2 pm. Mixing the best of traditional and contemporary literature for brass with transcriptions of everything from classical to jazz and popular favorites, the Northcoast Brass Ensemble promises an enjoyable afternoon of musical fun and entertainment for all ages.

North Coast Brass Ensemble

The Northcoast Brass Ensemble was formed in 1993 students at Humboldt State University, including Ronite Gluck (horn). Dan Aldag  (trombone) came aboard in 1995. Fred Tempas and his tuba signed on in 1998. The group has now been joined by Tom Hyde and Chris Cox and their trumpets.

Hornist Ronite Gluck considers playing in the Northcoast Brass Ensemble the perfect combination of instrumental music, family and adventure. She is a teacher of instrumental music at Freshwater School.

Tom Hyde picked up the trumpet in 1954 in North Chicago, Illinois, and he hasn’t put it down yet.  He is currently a freelance trumpeter in Sonoma County and plays principal trumpet in the American Philharmonic Orchestra – Sonoma County.

Sliding in on trombone, Dan Aldag is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Humboldt State University, where he leads HSU’s Jazz Orchestra and AM Jazz Band, coaches the jazz combos, teaches trombone and courses in jazz and popular music.

Fred Tempas started his musical career on clarinet and discovered the tuba at age 17.  He currently with the Northcoast Brass Ensemble and Eureka Symphony.  He also teaches tuba and music education at Humboldt State University and rides his motor scooter when the weather’s good.

Chris Cox  is currently the Director of Bands at Eureka High School. He earned his Bachelor Arts in Music Education from California State University Fresno and his Masters from Ithaca College in New York.  Along with the Northcoast Brass Ensemble, Chris has performed with Humboldt Bay British Brass Band, the Eureka Symphony, and Trumpet Consort von Humboldt.

The Garden opens at 11 a.m., music begins at noon. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy fabulous music in a beautiful setting, and to make the day perfect, the Garden will have tasty Lost Coast Brewery root beer floats for purchase!

This activity is FREE to members, $5 garden admission for non-members.


Join the Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation and receive many benefits: unlimited free admission to the garden, admissions to certain other gardens, subscription to the Botanical Guardian, discounts at local garden shops & nurseries, discounts on event tickets, free Education Series classes, facility rental privileges, discounted gift memberships and amateur photography privileges. Humboldt Botanical Garden is open Wed. thru Sat. 10 – 2 and Sun. 11 – 3, located at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods.  For more information call (707) 442-5139.


HBGF Names New Executive Director

Tissot Named new ED of the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation

Susan Tissot

After what turned into an international search, the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation (HBGF) board of directors has named Susan Tissot the new executive director for the HBGF. Tissot is leaving a similar position with the Clark County (Washington State) Historical Society to join HBGF. At the Clark County Historical Society, she has headed up a 10-year effort to revitalize museum programs, build community connections, raise funds for various projects and doubled the museum’s operating budget.

“We are extremely pleased to have Susan join our team to continue our work to create a world-class botanical garden here in Humboldt County,” said Evelyn Giddings, HBGF president. “We interviewed many excellent candidates and believe Susan will be the best fit for our organization — to take us to the next level.”

The Humboldt Botanical Garden, just north of the College of the Redwoods campus is considered a museum of plants. Tissot’s experience with a museum fits well with the HBGF goals. “We expect she will help us along our path to inspire, educate and grow our garden into a world-class botanical experience accessible to everyone in or near Humboldt County and Northwestern California,” Giddings said.

Tissot will join her husband Brian Tissot who is the director of Humboldt State University’s marine laboratory in Trinidad.

The Humboldt Botanical Garden is open to the public five days per week and is available to rent for special occasions.

2013 HBGF Education Series Class Sign Up Form

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Volunteers are the Heart of HBG

Here is to all of the HBG volunteers, thank you so much for all that you do! You make the garden a more beautiful, vibrant and welcoming place every day.

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HBG Shop

Visit our online store to purchase merchandise, memberships and tickets, make a donation and more.  All proceeds from our online store go to the Humboldt Botanical Garden.

Avian Gallery

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

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Avian Gallery Courtesy of Kelly Mathson: A Girl in the Redwoods Copyright 2010-2012  All Rights Reserved

Wildberries Natural Riparian Area
Wildberries Natural Riparian Area at the Humboldt Botanical Garden is a superb bird habitat and a wonderful place for bird watching and learning about gardening for birds.

KEET Kids in the Garden

Taught by Jackie Hamilton, Classes meet from 10 a.m. until noon on the second Thursday of every month.  Meets 10 a.m.– Noon, Geared for children 2 – 8, FREE  Learn more!


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Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

-Stanley Horowitz

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Gala Artists & Craftsmen Form