Magalia Beautification Association

Gardening, horticulture, and beautification in our little California forest town

About Us

This is the Magalia Beautification Association (MBA), the gardening club for Magalia, California. Magalia is a lovely little town that lies at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada range in northern California (Long: 121° 34' 41" West, Lat: 39° 48' 43" North). It overlooks the Feather River Canyon from an elevation from 2,000-2,700 feet. The area once was referred to as Dogtown by the hardy people who came to find gold here in the 1840s.

The MBA meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the POA Racine Center in Magalia (map); 12:30 for lunch, 1:00-3:00 for business. Please join us! The sole qualification is an interest in gardening, horticulture, civic art, and/or beautification in Magalia.

Gardeners will be interested to learn that our USDA hardiness zone is primarily 7B. Like most areas, though, we have a few microclimates.

A little history of the group: The MBA was founded in 1997 by  Dolores Crum, Trudy Tweedt, Clarice Wert (dec.), and Jean Jessop (dec.), who wanted to improve the appearance of our local Post Office (zip code 95954). With a few purchased plants and cuttings from their own gardens, they established the first civic garden in Magalia. Positive public response was immediate. Soon the group established the garden at Fire Dept. Station #33, too.

Residents of Magalia came up to thank our founders as they worked in the garden. Many gave small donations for additional plantings. Our founders understood the community's interest in and need for their work, and decided to make it official.  They established the Magalia Beautification Association as a group, holding our first meeting on June 23, 1997.

Soon after, a few merchants in Magalia asked if we would start gardens at their businesses, too. We approached others.  We struck deals with all: if they would provide the water, we'd take care of the gardens. We now maintain 16 gardens plus various small plots of beauty throughout Magalia.

Of course, we needed extra help to do this. We must take this opportunity to thank the energetic spouses of the MBA volunteers who help us do the heavy lifting. They make all the difference! We also are fortunate to have the  California Conservation Corps nearby. Through the years our partnership with this wonderful group has enabled the MBA to take on large projects that otherwise would have been impossible for us to accomplish alone. It has been a pleasure to work with these fine young men and women. Our special thanks go to local CCC Coordinator Keith Welch for his ongoing encouragement and good humor.

A few of our accomplishments over the years:

  • The commission, installation, and maintenance of the "Welcome to Magalia" sign that greets motorists coming north on Skyway, our main thoroughfare.
  • The planting of over 25,000 daffodil bulbs throughout Magalia.
  • The design, planting, and maintenance of the Memorial Garden at the Butte County Sheriff's Substation on Skyway.
  • The commemorative bricks installed in the garden of the Magalia Post Office.
  • The commissioning and installation of "The Gardener" and "The Dragonfly" metal sculptures in the gardens.
  • The placement of various benches and picnic tables from which to enjoy the gardens.
  • The placement of American flags along Skyway on national holidays.

The MBA was made a non-profit (501.c.3) corporation in 1999.

We've grown to almost 50 members now: a small group still, but one that has contributed and will continue to beautify Magalia. We welcome new members who would like to get involved! Anyone interested in gardening, horticulture, and beautification in Magalia is eligible for membership. Please use our e-mail form to ask any questions we've left unanswered, or go ahead and Join Now

Mission Statement

The purpose of this Association shall be to:

  1. Beautify our town of Magalia, which is an unincorporated area of Butte County, California.
  2. Included in this project--the planting of flowerbeds, trees, and shrubs, installing benches and commemorative markers.
  3. Increase knowledge of gardening to our members and the community.
  4. Use volunteers to achieve our beautification projects, including high school students, public citizens and members.
  5. Train volunteers.
  6. Educate through presentations and special speakers.

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