January 11, 2020 - Desert Gardening Simplified
Guest Speaker: Noelle Johnson, aka “AZ Plant Lady” and writer of the popular garden blog "Ramblings from a Desert Garden."
Do you look out your window and think you live in a parched wasteland? Do you long to step out into an inviting space to relax and de-stress? Desert residents can create, grow and maintain a beautiful garden with little fuss. Ms. Johnson will share how to avoid and fix mistakes, and provide tried and true strategies for creating an enticing, long-lasting outdoor space.
Photo: Noelle Johnson
February 8, 2020 - Garden Insects: Friends And Foes
Guest Speaker: Carol Stuttard, an adjunct professor in the Horticulture Department at Mesa Community College and instructor at Desert Botanical Garden.
In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 91,000 species of insects, and to date we have lost 40% of the world’s bug population. Insects are our benefactors, providing us with food, clothing and dyes, but some are destructive. Ms. Stuttard will introduce attendees to the fascinating world of insects, discerning which ones are garden allies and which ones are its enemies.
March 14, 2020 - Blending Hardscape with Landscape
Guest Speaker: Judy Mielke, Senior Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson.
Using a variety of hardscapes, including walls, pavers, seating, ramadas, fireplaces and water features, combined with beautiful plants which provide shade, color and even food, it may be surprising how fun and easy it is to create an inviting landscape. Ms. Mielke will also discuss mulch materials, both rock and organic, and water harvesting ideas.
Photo: Judy Mielke
April 18, 2020 - Gardening for Fragrance
Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Soule Ph.D., a Tucson native holding numerous degrees in Botany, as well as an award-winning author and public speaker.
Fragrance is often neglected when selecting plants for the landscape, yet smell is the most evocative of the five senses. Whether from foliage or flowers, a fragrant garden is alluring, inviting us to explore its sweet and delicate scents. Dr. Soule will introduce attendees to some of the many fragrant plants that thrive while adding enchanting scents to Southwest desert gardens.
Photo: Jacqueline Soule