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Due to COVID-19, we are not holding in-person meetings at this time.

Speakers for our virtual Meetings:

October: Tom Gatz with Enjoy Wildlife in Your Garden
November: Christine Teeple with All About Lavender
December: Jenna Williams and two others from Phoenix Bonsai Society
January: Brian Hedges from Moon Nursery

Members please check your email for information and instructions.

2019/2020 Programs and Field Trips

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

September 12, 2019 – Meeting
Floral Design Step by Step
Speaker: 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 10, 2019 – Meeting
Gardening in the Desert Southwest
Speaker: Cheri Mogensen, Summer Winds Nursery
As a plant enthusiast, Cheri has enjoyed actively working in the industry here in the Phoenix area for 35 years. She says with every day being a new learning experience, they pride themselves at Summer Winds Nursery in giving beneficial, useful information that will help all homeowners to create their zen yard experience. Cheri started with Summer Winds in 2006 and has worked all aspects of the nursery including their current Garden Coach program which she has spearheaded since 2016 with great success. Being able to share experiences and trials with customers makes the nursery experience even more special when their clients have their own success stories with our guidance.

October 22, 2019 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

October 25, 2019 – Garden Therapy (Members Only)
Archstone Care Center, 1980 W. Pecos Rd., Chandler

October 30, 2019 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Southwest Gardener
Join us for some crafting fun and learn to make a trio of spunky poppies that are handcrafted from copper. Lynn Town, co-owner of Southwest Gardener will teach us how to make these unique treasures in a three-hour class which includes all supplies and tools. Lunch follows next door at award winning Southern Rail Restaurant and shoppers will have a field day with discounted prices at SW Gardener and there is a Changing Hands Bookstore in the complex as well. Parking is free. Cost of the class is $48 and the class is limited to 25 participants.
Southwest Gardener, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

November 14, 2019 – Meeting
Roses in the Arizona Climate
Speaker: Steve Sheard
Steve is a Master Rosarian with the American Rose Society and a member of the Mesa East Valley Rose Society, Chairman of the MCC Rose Garden and a member of Desert Designers. Steve was born and raised in Zimbabwe around roses and fruit trees. When he got married he and his wife relocated to England where they grew roses. They moved to Tempe in 1980 and that first year he planted 20 roses and 18 died where he learned that gardening in the desert is very different. Today he has about 150 rose bushes and does seminars on growing roses, fruit trees and on budding and grafting. 

November, 3rd Week, (day tba) – Field Trip (Members Only)
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Over the past several years, Boyce Thompson Arboretum has been restoring and replanting over 6,000 specimens of cactus and succulents obtained from a private collection owned by Henry B. Wallace. Carol Parrott, AFGC Past President and current AFGC Central District Director, is a long time docent at Boyce Thompson. Carol will give us a private tour of the new 13 acre Wallace Exhibit which is scheduled to open this November.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E Arboretum Way, Superior

November 15-16, 2019 – Fundraiser
Garage Sale
This is our big fundraiser for the year for special projects or event for the garden club. Set up is after the Club meeting on the 14th; lunch will be provided at Beth’s. Please bring your tables and your donations for the garage sale. Customers ask for garden-related items, so please consider donating tools, potting containers, plants, and seeds.
864 W. Beechnut Dr., Chandler, AZ 85248
Sale: Fri., Nov. 15, 7:00am-2:00pm
Sale: Sat., Nov. 16, 7:00am-12:00pm followed by Cleanup

November 26, 2019 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

December 14, 2019 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Pueblo Grande Museum & Indian Market
A celebration of Native American arts at the annual traditional Indian Market. Enjoy live performances, unique artists with hand-made jewelry, pottery and more.  The market is located at the Pueblo Grande Architectural Park which includes ruins and irrigation sites which are pre-Columbian. The park will be open for those who wish to include a self tour of the site. Parking and entrance to the market is free. The donation for entrance to the park is $5.
Pueblo Grande Museum & Indian Market, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix

January 9, 2020 – Meeting
Spring Vegetable Gardening
Speaker: Carol Stuttard
Carol Stuttard is a master gardener and instructor of gardening at the Desert Botanical Garden, Mesa Community College and local garden clubs throughout the valley. Carol is also a local media star whose own garden has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden magazine. She has a “gardening in the Southwest” program on PBS and wrote a gardening column for McCormick Ranch magazine. From vegetables to water features, Carol is always one of our most popular speakers. 

January 15, 2020 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Phoenix Art Museum
A visit to the Phoenix Art Museum for the “Clay and Bamboo” Japanese Ceramics and Flower Baskets exhibition featuring examples used for ikebana floral arrangements, and/or the Chinese “Crickets, Tea, and Snuff” exhibition. General admission is reduced to a voluntary donation on Wednesdays from 3:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix

January 28, 2020 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

February 12, 2020 – Garden Therapy (Members Only)
Renaissance Senior Living, 9508 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes

February 13, 2020 – Meeting
High Caliper Gardening: Container and Raised Bed Gardening, What you need to Know
Speaker: Eric Olsen South West Territory Manager
Eric is a consummate sales professional with over seven years of experience in the consumer and commercial gardening industry. He is knowledgeable in in many aspects of the industry in products, marketing, in store displays, soil and plants. Eric will focus on assorted options that gardeners have, besides putting plants directly in the earth. He will cover topics like what options are available and the pros and cons for both, as well as how to maximize your available space, and what growing mediums are ideal for each.

February 21, 2020 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Singh Meadows
Mr. Ken Singh will give us a private tour with tips on all aspects of gardening sharing his (and his late father’s) vast knowledge of farming, composting and much more. Singh Farms has been around forever but moved to this new location in 2017. Located on a former city golf course, there is a wonderful farmers market and  store, a recently built covered patio and they are in the process of expanding the growing area. Take home fresh vegetables, honey, jam, peppers, baked goods and a host of other goodies, fresh every week.  Ken will provide a couple of lunch options which we can preorder so that lunch will be ready for us after our tour.
Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber, Tempe

February 25, 2020 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

March 12, 2020 – Meeting
Herb Gardening in the Low Desert
Speaker: Donna Lorch
Donna has been a Maricopa County Master Gardner since 2007, is past president of the Arizona Herb Association, is a volunteer at the Maricopa County Extension at the Plant Help desk since 2014, and is a docent at the Desert Botanical Garden. Donna has spoken to various organizations and Home and Garden Shows including the Weeders Garden Club in 2013. Donna will explain the meaning of ”herb”, where to purchase herbs, propagation, containers and a survey of several herbs that grow welll in the valley. 

March 19, 2020 – Field Trip (Members Only)
TBA

March 24, 2020 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

April 4, 2020 – Flower Show
More information will be announced as date nears.
Solera Chandler Ballroom, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler

April 9, 2020 – Meeting
Wildlife in Your Garden
Speaker: Tom Gatz
Tom is a retired wildlife biologist and an avid gardener. He volunteers as a horticultural aide and as a docent in the educational department at the Desert Botanical Garden where he is certified as a desert landscaper. He is a member of the Central Arizona actus and Succulent Society and the Phoenix Bonsai Society. Tom’s garden has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden magazine, The Sonoran Quarterly magazine published by the Desert Botanical Garden, The Humane Society’s magazine, All Animals, and Modern Phoenix: The Neighborhood Network online magazine. Tom will share with us some of the things he has learned about the birds, animals and insects that share our gardens with us.

April 10, 2020 – Garden Therapy (Members Only)
Archstone Care Center, 1980 W. Pecos Rd., Chandler

April 16, 2020 – Field Trip (Members Only)
Agritopia
Agritopia is a planned community which offers a modern village life surrounding 11 acres of urban farmland, where a tree-lined sidewalk leads you to a chef-driven restaurant, where creative spaces encourage craftsmanship, and where charming homes nestle close. We will have a private tour of the “Farm at Agritopia” and enjoy lunch at the “Uprooted Kitchen”, one of several tasty eating places. Parking and shopping are plentiful. If you haven’t seen Agritopia you are in for a real treat.
Agritopia, 3000 E Ray Rd., Gilbert, AZ

April 28, 2020 – Floral Design Class (Members Only)
Instructors: Beth Kirkpatrick and Renee Waite
Solera Community Center Arts & Crafts Room, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler