2017/2018 Programs and Field Trips

Monthly meetings are open to visitors.
Field Trips and Holiday Socials are only available to Weeders members.


September 14, 2017 – Meeting
“Welcome Back”
The first Weeders Garden Club meeting of the new year has a welcome back agenda of reconnecting with our members and getting to know more about each other.

October 12, 2017 – Meeting
“Fall Vegetable Gardening”
Speaker: Carol Stuttard, Master Gardener
As we recover the “dog days” of summer and start to look forward to cooler weather, join gardening expert Carol Stuttard as she shows you how to prepare your garden for fall vegetable gardening. Learn how to grow leafy greens, root vegetables and many other lovely cool season crops…all grown organically of course!
Carol Stuttard 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 & Garden Magazine.

October 26, 2017 – Field Trip (Members Only)
McCroskey House Tour
Led by Tiffani Egnor, Curator of Education of the Chandler Museum
Members will explore home life in Chandler 100 years ago as they visit interactive stations. Members will also learn about the plans for the gardens around McCroskey House and the adjacent pollinator garden. Lunch to follow.

November 9, 2017 – AFGC District Meeting (Members Only)
“Connected Roots – Arizona’s Agriculture and Home Gardening”
Speaker: Julie Murphree, Director of Outreach for the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
Some of today’s family farms started out as backyard gardens. Our much appreciated phrase “green thumb” required a strong presence whether you were managing a small plot or thousands of acres. Today, modern agriculture represents business professionals that have connected roots with our love of gardening. Julie’s program will uncover this and more including spotlighting a bit of Chandler and Arizona agriculture history.
Julie Murphree is a native of Arizona and grew up on a cotton and alfalfa farm in Mesa with three brothers. Because of her love for agriculture and country life, she wrote a book called “Fresh Air”. As Communication and Organization director for the Arizona Farm Bureau, Julie brings more than 30 years of experience in messaging, marketing, content development and management working with traditional and new media.

December 7, 2017 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Olive Mill Tour
Members will discover how extra virgin olive oil is made and olives are harvested, tour 100 acres planted with 7,000 olive trees in 16 different varieties, shop at an exclusive gourmet marketplace and lunch at an Italian-inspired eatery.

December 14, 2017 – Holiday Social (Members Only)
In the planning stages.

January 11, 2018 – Meeting
“The Art of Gardening: Public and Private Masterpiece Gardens”
Speaker: Linda Larson, Master Gardener
Traveling gardener, Linda Larson, walks us along the garden path found in art masterpieces and masterpiece gardens leading to the garden outside our own door. This program reveals gardens found in art, visits masterpiece gardens grown as a work of art, and helps us see how our own gardens grow better with art. Join her as she travels to some of the most influential gardens on museum walls and around the world.
Linda is a life-long lover of flowers, master gardener, Faculty Emeritus of Mesa College, and a gardener in Mesa for over 30 years. Linda writes a monthly “Traveling Gardener” blog, part travelogue/part inspiration and motivation. She has visited over 600 gardens on four continents, in 22 countries, and 46 states following the flowers and walking among the trees. Take a mini vacation through her colorful narratives and lush photography. http://travelinggardener.com

January 18, 2018 – Field Trip (Members Only)
True Garden Tour
Members will learn about state-of-the-art tower gardening, a vertical aeroponic food production system designed for space and energy efficiency. Lunch to follow.

February 8, 2018 – Meeting
“Easy Ways to Understand Landscape and Adjusting Seasonally”
Speaker: Cathy Rymer, Master Gardener, Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Chandler
Cathy will advise and answer questions on “how do you water a landscape in the desert?”
Cathy Rymer is a second generation Arizona native and has an education degree and biology major from Arizona State University. For the last 13 years she has been involved in water conservation and currently works for the City of Chandler providing educational information and technical assistance through landscaping workshops for residents, supply conservation programs for schools, as well as analyzing water use for home owners associations and businesses. She is also a Certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Master Gardener and board member of the Arizona Community Tree Council.

February 22, 2018 – Field Trip (Members Only)
The Plant Stand
Shopping at one of the largest distributors of plants and pottery in the western U.S. Lunch to follow.

March 8, 2018 – Meeting
“Lighting Design”
Speaker: Cameron Taylor, Landscape Lighting Specialist
Cameron will be sharing his knowledge of how to install landscape lighting and the impact it has on your home and environment.
Cameron has over nine years of professional lighting experience, which includes layouts of interior and exterior lighting. He started as an installer at Lighting Design and is now General Manager. Cameron is certified in AutoCAD Drafting and Design and has a degree in Business Construction. Cameron is most passionate about landscape lighting because not only does it make a big impact on your landscape but it increases the value of a home adding curb appeal.

March 20, 2018 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Members’ Gardens Tour
Weeders explore members’ gardens and take refreshment and mingle at last garden.

April 12, 2018 – Meeting
“Harvest of Arizona”
Speaker: Jessica Crozier and David Grundon, Education and Outreach Team for Harvest of Arizona
Jessica and David will be sharing their knowledge of how cannabis is grown and its medical benefits.
Jessica is an Arizona native who first came to Harvest of Arizona as a caregiver for her daughter who began using cannabis for seizure relief. Jessica became actively involved in the nonprofit organization, Harvesting Hope, which provides support, education and scholarships for families whose children have epilepsy.
David has worked with Harvest of Arizona since May 2013, when their doors opened. David has worked with many nonprofits with a focus on people with disabilities. His work with Harvest is an extension of his service-oriented philosophy and dedication to help people find a better quality of life through alternative therapies.

April 19, 2018 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Members will travel by bus to the Museum, which is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, natural history museum and art gallery. Most of the content (85%) is outdoors and includes 21 interpreted acres with two miles of paved and unpaved walking paths. Lunch to follow.

May 10, 2018 – May Luncheon (Members Only)
In the planning stages.