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2021/2022 Programs and Field Trips

Monthly meetings are open to visitors and begin with social time at 9:30 and the meeting starts at 10:00.

Field Trips and Holiday Socials are only available to Weeders members.

Calendar of Meeting Programs, Field Trips and Club Projects

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE MEETING PARTICIPANTS MUST BE VACCINATED AND WEAR A MASK.

 

September 9, 2021 – Meeting

Member mixer activities/events planned for the year

 

 October 5, 2021 – Floral Design Workshop

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

Renee Waite is a master flower show judge and enthusiastic flower show exhibitor.  She has received blue ribbons for her floral designs in the Philadelphia Flower Show and NJ Flower Show.  She served on the Philadelphia Flower Show committee for 10 years and was the Chair of Arrangement Classes for the 2012 and 2013 shows.

 

October 14, 2021 – AFGC Central & Eastern District Meeting – Desert Plants:  Salvaging and Relocating the Wallace Gardens

Speaker:  Robert Kater, Owner & CEO of Native Resources International

The Wallace Gardens plant relocation project is a landmark example of efforts to abate the impact of urban sprawl and development on threatened and endangered desert species.

9 a.m. start time in Mirror Room of Sun Lakes Country Club

 

October 28, 2021 – Field Trip – Boyce Thompson Arboretum Wallace Garden Exhibit – Tour Docent – Carol Parrott

37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior, AZ 85173

9:30 a.m. Tour; Admission:  $15 each

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center at 8:15 a.m.

Lunch:  picnic at the Arboretum following tour

 

November 2, 2021 – Floral Design Workshop

 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

 

November 11, 2021 – Meeting  – Sustainable Turf Management and Alternatives

Speaker: Sharon Dewey is a Certified Master Gardener Emeritus with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, a Certified Turfgrass Professional, and owner of TURF-rific Turfgrass Consulting.

Do you want to be the green envy of your neighborhood?  Come learn practical advice for maintaining a healthy, beautiful, and water-efficient lawn. Topics will cover proper methods for watering, mowing, fertilizing, dethatching, aerating, as well some solutions to problems, including weeds — the plant everyone loves to hate.  The information will be beneficial for everyone, whether you do your own lawn work or employ a service. Handouts out will include Seasonal Turfgrass Guides.

 

November 12 & 13, 2021 – Fundraiser – Garage Sale

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. 11/12 (Friday) and 11/13 (Saturday)

Our big fundraiser for the year for special projects or events to be held at members home

 

November 18, 2021 – Field Trip – Agritopia

3000 E. Ray Road, Bldg. 5, Gilbert, AZ 85296

Tour Fee:  $5/each

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center at 9:15 a.m. and tour starts at 10 a.m.

Lunch:  coffee shop at Agritopia

 

December 7, 2021 – Floral Design Workshop

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

 

December 9, 2021 – Holiday Social

To Be Announced

 

January 4, 2022 – Floral Design Workshop

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

 

January 6, 2022 – Field Trip – Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit

Time:  TBA

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ

 

January 13, 2022 – Meeting – Feng Shui in the Garden

Speaker:  Liza Blank, Registered Landscape Architect and Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Feng Shui is the application of an ancient design concept to arrange elements harmoniously for optimal energy flow.  This in turn has a positive correlation to well-being.  Liza will share the foundational principles of Feng Shui and simple ways to apply them in one’s own garden.

 

January 20 or 27, 2022 – Field Trip – Japanese Friendship Garden Tour

1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85003

Total Cost:  $13 ($8 admission & $5 tour)

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center at 8:45 a.m.

Lunch to be announced

 

February 1, 2022 – Floral Design Workshop

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

 

February 10, 2022 – Meeting – Ollas: An Ancient Way to Save Water in Your Garden

Speaker:  Julie Knapp, Certified Agriscape Designer and Master Gardener

As Arizona officials struggle with severe drought, gardeners are searching for ways to cut back on water without having to cut back on gardening.  Ollas (clay pots) are an easy and effective way to use less water and enable gardeners to plant anywhere without a drip system or constant hand watering.  The pots were used by Southwestern Native Americans and are still used by modern gardeners today.  There will be instruction in how to make ollas and how to use ollas.

 

February 11, 2022 – Field Trip – Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival  at Pinal County Fairgrounds

512 11 Mile Corner, Casa Grande, AZ  85194

Admission to be announced

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center at 9 a.m.

Lunch:  Food Trucks on Fairgrounds @ noon

 

February 21, 2022 – New Members Coffee at the President’s Home

Time:  TBA

 

February 24, 2022 – Field Trip – Desert Horizon Nursery Tour

19250 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center @ 9:15 a.m.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch @ The Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, AZ  85142

 

March 1, 2022 – Floral Design Workshop

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oakwood Activities Center, Painting Room

Instructor:  Renee Waite

 

March 10, 2022 – Meeting – Urban Forestry

Speaker:  TBA

 

March 24, 2002 – Members Gardens Tour

A morning tour of three members’ gardens (to be announced) with refreshments at the last garden

 

April 5, 2022 – Field Trip – MCC Rose Garden Tour

Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ  85202

Optional Tour:  $10 each is suggested donation

Carpool leaves Sun Lakes Health Center at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch to follow:  Manuel’s Mexican, 2350 S. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85280

 

April 14, 2022 – Meeting – Regenerative Design for Homeowners

Speaker:  Greg Peterson, Educator in Urban Sustainability and Food Production and Founder of the Urban Farm-

Urban property can be transformed into an ecosystem providing food, habitat, shade, income, enjoyment and lower utility bills.

 

May 12, 2022 – May Luncheon

Time & Location – TBA