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2017 Calendar of Events 

January 12      Regular Meeting and Program:  Alaska’s Butterflies


February 9     Regular Meeting and Program:  The Bigger Picture, How it all Works Together


March 9          Regular Meeting and Program: Garden Design


April 13            Regular Meeting and Program:  Organic Management Strategies


April 15            Community Service Project: Children’s Marigold Giveaway at the Sears Mall


April 18-20       Pacific Region Convention, Seattle, Washington


May 16-21          National Garden Club Convention, Richmond, VA


May 11             Alaska Botanical Garden Clean up and Arbor Day Recognition


May 25           Visiting Greenhouses in the Valley


June 3            Annual Plant Sale


July 20            WFGC Summer Garden Tours


July 29            Alaska State Garden Clubs Convention hosted by our WFGC


August 10        Field Trip: Identifying Mushrooms


Aug 24-Sept 4  Alaska State Fair Volunteer Opportunity


September 14   Regular Meeting and Program:  The Alaska Wood Frog


October 12       Regular Meeting and Program: Where to Go Birding in Anchorage


November 9     Regular Meeting and Program:  Cooking with Paul


December 7     Workshop:  Fresh Holiday Centerpieces and Wreaths at Dimond                                                  Greenhouses


December 14     Annual Christmas Luncheon


January 12, 2017


Alaska’s Butterflies

Presented by:  Rick Sinnott


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church


When you see a butterfly flitting across your yard, do you wonder what kind it is and what attracted it?  Would you love to see more butterflies visiting your garden?.  Are there specific plants and environments that encourage butterflies?  Let’s learn from Rick and find out. 


February 9, 2017


The Bigger Picture and How it all Works Together

Presented by:  Becky Hassebroek

Fairbanks Garden Club


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church


Becky will share with us the benefits to our WFGC as a member of the State, Regional, and National Garden Clubs. We will hear about the wonderful projects and goals of these clubs.


March 9, 2017


Garden Design

Presented by:  Carroll Samuelson


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church


Carroll will teach us the basic design principles as applied to garden spaces, and ways to achieve visual and non-visual goals for our gardens.  She will also discuss the history of ornamental gardens.   


April 13, 2017


Organic Management Strategies

Presented by:  Ellen Vande Visse

Good Earth Garden School


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

We all are aware we should be seeking organic solutions to remedy our garden problems rather than using chemicals, such as pesticides.  Ellen will teach us organic ways to healthier gardens while minimizing the impact on our natural environment. 


April 15, 2017


Children’s Marigold Give-away


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sears Mall, Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage


Are you looking for a fun teaching experience guaranteed to delight a child?  Come join us at our WFGC table at the Annual Sears Mall Spring Garden Show. 


Watch the children’s faces light up as they dirty their hands planting their first marigold, started from seed by our members.  See their smiles of satisfaction as they carry off their newly acquired, golden responsibility.  We provide instructions for the children on how to care for their little treasures.


May 11, 2017


Alaska Botanical Garden

 Wildflower Trail Maintenance


Chaired by:  Kathy Zins  & Jeanette Bock

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Alaska Botanical Gardens

4601 Campbell Airstrip Road

Our club members work hard to keep our Wildflower Trail weed-free and attractive for the Anchorage community and summer visitors.  After a couple of hours of visiting and weeding, enjoy lunch at a favorite restaurant in the company of your fellow gardeners. Bring your favorite tools as well as gloves.

To keep the beds well maintained, we would like members to volunteer every other Thursday throughout the summer and before major events scheduled at the Botanical Garden.


 May 25, 2017


Visit Greenhouses in the Valley


Meet @ 10:00 a.m.

at the Muldoon Fred Meyers parking lot

 to carpool, DeBarr/Muldoon Rd


Note:  This is a members-only activity.  For membership information, click here.


What a great opportunity to explore the offerings from Valley greenhouses!  Enjoy the company of your gardening friends while searching out those special treasure plants that will enhance your garden.   


June 3, 2017


Wildflower Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale


9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

7435 Old Harbor Rd.

Home of Sally Karabelnikoff


July 20, 2017


Summer Garden Tours

 10:00 a.m. – Noon


Note:  This is a members-only activity.  For membership information, click here.

In keeping with our motto: Show, Share and Tell, each year we visit the gardens of several club members.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see a variety of plants and designs, to exchange ideas and to share techniques.  The tour concludes with a picnic potluck. 



July 29, 2017


Annual Alaska State Convention


This year our Wildflower Garden Club is hosting the Alaska State Garden Clubs Convention in Anchorage.  Registration and more information coming soon.


August 10, 2017


Identifying Mushrooms


10:00 a.m.

Field Guide:  Diane Pleninger

Goose Lake Parking Lot, 2811 UAA Drive


Note:  This is a members-only activity.  For membership information, click here.


Last year’s rainy summer saw many different mushrooms along hiking trails, in yards and gardens.  Had we been able to identify them, perhaps we could have enjoyed eating some.  So armed with the knowledge Diane will pass on to us, perhaps we all can enjoy some of nature’s freebies.


August 24 — September 4, 2017


Alaska State Fair

Volunteer Opportunity


Volunteer Opportunity

Offer a helping hand at the Alaska State Fair.  Call Kathy Liska, ASF Crops, Fruits and Vegetables Superintendent and Wildflower Garden Club member, to help register crop entries at the fair. She has both day and evening shifts available.  Contact Kathy at 337-2196 or by email at

Junior Giant Zucchini Contest

Each year, as part of our mission to promote the study of horticulture, the Club sponsors a Zucchini-growing contest for children ages 6-12 and 13-17.  Prizes are awarded to those entries with the heaviest weights.  Encourage a young person to submit an entry. 


September 14, 2017


Alaska’s Wood Frog

Presenter:  Janet Hartmann


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church


Have you ever seen a Wood Frog in Alaska?  Well, we have them and they are quite amazing.  Learn all about them, where they live and their extraordinary adaptations enabling them to survive our frigid winters.  Janet has a B.S. degree from Ohio State University, majoring in Zoology.  She will also tell us their importance to scientific and medical study, and how we can secure their future by being stewards of this land.


October 12, 2017


Where to Go Birding in Anchorage
Lynn Barber


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church



November 9, 2017


Cooking with Paul

Chef:  Paul Marmora


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church


Paul will plan and guide us through making a favorite soup.  Then we will enjoy this soup along with our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch.  Please bring a dish or dessert made from something Alaskan:  fish, clams, crab, wild game, vegetables, berries, etc.  Bring copies of your recipe if you would like.  This luncheon is always a favorite for our club.


December 7, 2017


Fresh Holiday Wreaths/Centerpieces

Instructor:  Daryl Leiser


                   Note:  This is a members-only activity.  For membership information, click here.


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dimond Greenhouses

1050 W. Dimond Blvd.


Daryl will once again instruct us in the art of shaping fragrant boughs to create something special for the Christmas holiday.


The cost of the workshop is $25.00 per person. Basic materials will be supplied. It’s really a hands-on project – expect your hands to be sticky with sap and bring a wet-one for cleanup!


December 14, 2017


Annual Christmas Luncheon


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A fun, long-standing Wildflower Garden Club tradition is our Annual Christmas Party.  And what would a Wildflower Christmas party be without a spirited Christmas Gift Exchange? If you’d like to participate, bring a wrapped garden-type gift, valued at $15.00 to exchange.

Parties are also about good food, so please bring a dish of your choice: salad, appetizer, main dish, vegetable or dessert.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Oct 12 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct 18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 2 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 9 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM