Each year, the Broadmoor Garden Club, founded in 1935, offers a timely gardening event that is free and open to the community.

In 2013, the club played host to author/photographer John Fielder and Great Outdoors Colorado. The focus this spring is spurred by the recent wildfire seasons.

On Friday, the club will bring in Roger Rosentreter from the Idaho Bureau of Land Management, whose specialty is "Firewise Landscaping for the Mountain West." Rosentreter has evaluated more than 400 plant species for "fire resistance, growth performance and attractiveness."

A former firefighter, Rosentreter has a doctorate in botany.

The meeting will begin with coffee at 9:45 a.m., to be followed by Rosentreter's presentation at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., north entrance.

Although there is no charge, reservations are required by Monday.

Please send name and telephone number to joansixty@msn.com or call 475-9269 .

The Broadmoor Garden Club is also sponsoring a two-hour fundraising tablescapes event at 11:30 a.m. May 15 in the Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave.

Tables will be decorated for theme parties, spring, holidays and special occasions.

Reservations are required by Thursday.

Send checks for $45 per person and the names of those attending to Broadmoor Garden Club, 5904 Via Verona View, 80919. For information: pamthatcher@comcast.net or Carol, 635-2663.

The fundraiser supports civic projects of the club that in the past have included Rockledge Ranch, Denver Botanic Gardens/Palmer Land Trust, Friends of Monument Valley Park, Manitou Seed Library, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Mountain Shadows Park renovation, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Venetucci Farm/Pinello Ranch, Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.