Bullhook Blossoms celebrates anniversary


Havre’s Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club celebrated its 10th anniversary Wednesday during National Garden Club Week at Montana Style Events.

Bullhook Blossoms started in Havre in 1942, but had disbanded and was reorganized in 2009 with Anotinette “Toni” Hagener as the first president of the club, a press release said. It is recognized not only as a state organization, but an affiliate of the national organization as well. The club’s key objectives are to provide educational and informative projects that beautify the community.

The Montana Federation of Garden Clubs website says Bullhook Blossoms’ mission statement reads, “Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources and networking opportunities for its members and Montana youth, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.”

Club President Jody Olson said the club has a relaxed, yet fun, atmosphere holding those attitudes to their mission statement.

She said “Good Relationships Grow Here” is her motto club.

Olson said got involved with the Blossoms back in 2010 when she moved back to Havre with the recommendation by an “early club member” Gloria Tilleman. With such a unique weather climate for gardening in Havre the club often has guest speakers to give gardening tips or the club members go to events and tour facilities or speaking events to educate themselves on continuing to beautify Havre.

Not only are the ladies featured in the Festival Days Parade, they also have done some bigger projects here in town such as putting in two Blue Star Memorials. A National Garden Club Association tradition, Blue Star Memorials are put up as a tribute to people who have served in the U.S. military.

One is located in Memorial Park on Fifth Avenue and the other at the Hill County Courthouse.

Bullhook Blossoms has the joined the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line in their Festival of Trees fundraiser every year and also started a Junior Garden Club.

“It is so nice being surrounded by these nice people and we have so much fun,” Olson said. “To me it is more about the people, the ladies and getting to know them, and getting to have friends in the club.“

In June 2020, Bullhook Blossoms will host the state convention for the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs in Havre, which Olson said will be a huge project for them. An estimated 100 ladies from all over the state could attend. Toni Hagener will be the focus at the convention as she is recognized for having done so much for the town of Havre in addition to the garden club, from being a county commissioner to a state legislator and volunteering countless hours. The Louis and Antoinette Hagener Museum of the Northern Montana Plains Indian was established in the Vande Bogart Library at Montana State University-Northern in their honor.

Bullhook Blossoms Garden Club meets between January through October on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Hill County Courthouse at 2 p.m. in the Timmons Conference Room. A set program is addressed at each meeting discussing on what they are working on and future upcoming projects.


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