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."
A Certified Arborist with a degree in Urban Horticulture, Johnson's program will help you avoid common gardening mistakes, and provide tools for creating a beautiful garden that thrives in a hot, dry climate. These tried and true techniques will arm attendees with strategies for creating an easy-care delightful 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.
Stuttard explores garden insects as benefactors as well as pests, and will share techniques for using bugs to improve a garden. This seminar will introduce the wonderful, fascinating world of insects and show how they play a vital role in desert ecology.
March 14, 2020 - Blending Hardscape with Landscape
Guest Speaker: Judy Mielke, Senior Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson.
Mielke is well known for her award-winning book “Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes” and has been designing public and private landscapes for over 35 years. This seminar will show why landscapes should feature beautiful plants that provide shade, color, fragrance and food, as well as incorporate walls, seating, paving, ramadas, container plantings and other "hardscape" elements. It will also cover 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 who holds numerous degrees in Botany and related fields, including an internship at the prestigious Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Dr. Soule has traveled the globe studying vegetation, and will share the appeal of fragrance in the garden, a topic often neglected in landscape plant selection. This seminar will focus on some of the many fragrant plants that do well in Southwest deserts, while primarily focusing on plants used for landscape design.
Photo: Jacqueline Soule