2016/2017 Programs and Field Trips

September 8 – Meeting
“The Dirt on Composting”
Speaker: Kirti Mathura, Horticulturalist

Kirti has worked at the Desert Botanical Garden, has been a consultant to several landscaping firms, and has written or contributed to several landscaping and gardening publications including “The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden”, published by Gibbs, Smith.

October 13 – Meeting
“A Guide to Staying Active and Ornery: Minimizing Pain and Maximizing Joy in Your Garden Activities”
Speaker: Dr. Casey M. Johnson, D.C.

Dr. Casey is clinical director of the Desert Springs Chiropractic. He grew up around farming and agriculture, and has always had an interest in promoting the health, well-being, and safety of all who are active gardeners.

October 20 – Field Study Trip
Tour of Mesa Community College Rose Garden, Part Two
Led by Mary Lou Coffman, Rose Garden Curator, Master Rosarian, Rose Judge

1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
Mary Lou will follow up last year’s rose tour with a focus on the far western section of the garden. Established in 1996 by the Mesa Valley Rose Society and the Mesa Community College, the garden has over 9,000 rose bushes.
Followed by Lunch at Dobson’s Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Ave., Mesa

November  3-5 – Annual Garage Sale
Beth Kirkpatrick’s house, Chandler

November 10 – Meeting
“The Urban Forest Resource: A Critical Component of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure and Healthy Living”
Speaker: Richard Adkins, Forestry Supervisor, City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Dr. Adkins has an active Tree and Shade Master Plan for the city of Phoenix. The city recently finished an inventory of its more than 90,000 trees, palms, and tall cactuses. We will learn about this urban forest. Can you guess the most common tree?

November 18 – Club Project
Garden Therapy, Archstone Care Center

December 1 – Field Study Trip
Arid Tree Zone Nursery
Tour Guide: Tom McDonald

9750 E. Germann Rd., Mesa
This wholesale nursery is the premier grower of native trees in the southwest, and only occasionally are guided tours made available. Picnic lunch at the nursery.

December 8 – Holiday Luncheon

January 6 – Field Study Trip
Leaf and Feather Farm

50598 W. Mayer Blvd., Maricopa
Leaf and Feather Farm raises Arizona-grown shrubs and cacti. They also have an aviary on site, including a bird who sings! Lunch to follow at Raceway Grill, Maricopa

January 12 – Meeting
“Coping with Critters”
Speaker: Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald owns and operates Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon. He is a landscape designer who is a member of the Gold Canyon Garden Club.

January 26 – Field Study Trip
Smiling Dog Landscapes
Host: Tom McDonald

10049 E Cloudview Ave, Gold Canyon
Smiling Dog Landscapes and Ranch is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. They specialize in all types of desert planting – especially those that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Our host, Tom McDonald, also leads docent tours at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Lunch will follow.

February 9 – Meeting
“The Chelsea Flower Show and English Garden Tour”
Speaker: Robert McFarland, Weeders Member and Canadian Master Gardener

Bob had a career as Senior Biologist for Ducks Unlimited in Saskatchewan and was Vice President for the Nature Conservancy. He also ran a landscape design business. In retirement he combined all these talents to create this beautiful program.

February 10 or 11 – Field Study Trip
Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival

Pinal County Fairgrounds, 2487 AZ-287, Casa Grande
The flavor of a rural country fair blended with the work and judging of sophisticated gourd artisans, of which several are Weeders members. Lunch to follow at the fairgrounds.

February 11 – Club Project
Blue Star Memorial Dedication Ceremony

March 9 – Meeting
“Elements of Design in Floral Arranging”
Speaker: Beth Kirkpatrick, Weeders past president and Floral Judge

March 30 – Tour
Tours of Weeders’ Member’s Gardens

April 7 – Club Project
Garden Therapy, Archstone Care Center

April 13 – Meeting
“Insects: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
Speaker: Carol Stuttard, Master Gardener

Carol is the former president of the Scottsdale Community Garden Club, and has taught numerous vegetable gardening classes. One of her gardens was featured in a 2012 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden magazine.

April 21 – Field Study Trip

May 11 – Annual Luncheon