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2018 Calendar of Events

 

January 11         Regular Meeting and Program: Lilies to Your Liking


February 8         Regular Meeting and Program: How to Live in Harmony With the Urban Fauna


March 8             Regular Meeting and Program: You Don’t Need an Orchard to Grow Fruit Trees


April 6-7            Alaska Garden Clubs Annual Meeting in Chena Hot Springs, AK


April 7-9            Pacific Region Convention in Chena Hot Springs, AK


April 7               Service Project:  Children’s Marigold Giveaway at Sears Mall


April 12             Regular Meeting and Program:  Pollinators of Our Gardens


May 10              Service Project: Alaska Botanical Garden Wildflower Trail Maintenance


May 20-24         National Garden Club Convention in Philadelphia, PA


June 2               Wildflower Garden Club Annual Plant Sale


June 14             Field Trip: Hunting for Morels (tentative)


June 21             Field Trip: Orchard Tour


July 19              Summer Garden Tours


July 24              Workshop: Hypertufa Troughs


August 9            Herb Cultivation with Mary Shier


August 23 -        Alaska State Fair Volunteer Opportunity

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September 13     Regular Meeting and Program: An Overview of Beekeeping in Anchorage


October 11         Regular Meeting and Program: Flower Photography


November 8       Regular Meeting and Program: Building Power House Soil Fertility


December 6       Workshop: Fresh Holiday Wreath/Centerpiece at Dimond Greenhouses


December 13      Annual Christmas Luncheon


 

January 11, 2018

Lilies to Your Liking

Presented by:  Annie Nevaldine

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Lilies can serve as the backbone of the garden.  A mix can provide blooms throughout the summer and into the fall.  Varieties include downward-, upward- and outward-facing flowers of almost every color.  The plants grow to various heights and some are highly fragrant.  There’s a lily out there for every garden. 

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February 8, 2018

How to Live in Harmony With the Urban Fauna

Presented by:  Rick Sinnott

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

As Anchorage residents we share our city with moose, beaver, muskrats, porcupine, squirrels, shrews, mice and bears.   How do we live alongside these animals without influencing or being impacted by their eating habits? What is the proper way to use bear spray?

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March 8, 2018

You Don’t Need an Orchard to Grow Fruit Trees

Presented by:  Kathy Liska

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

What do you need to know in order to successfully grow fruit trees in Alaska?  Learn about the types of trees that are suitable for our location, how they are pollinated and what conditions are most favorable.

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April 7, 2018

Children’s Marigold Giveaway

Chaired by:  Kathy Liska

 

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sears Mall

 

Are you looking for a fun teaching experience guaranteed to delight a child?  Come join us at our WGC 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. 

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April 12, 2018

Pollinators of Our Gardens

Presented by:  Marilyn Barker

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

When we think of pollinators, we usually think of bees, but there is a whole world of pollinators out there who are helping to get the job done. Marilyn will fill us in on those hard working insects that help the host plant by crawling across their pollen-laden blooms.  Who are these pollinator helpers?

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May 10, 2018

Wildflower Trail Maintenance

 

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 and insect repellent.

To keep the beds well maintained, we would like members to go every other Thursday throughout the summer.

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June 2, 2018

Annual Wildflower Garden Club Plant Sale

 

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June 14, 2018

Hunting for Morels

Field Guides:  Christin Anderson & Chris Maack

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

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June 21, 2018

Orchard Tour

Tour Guide:  Jenny McDaniel

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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

This field trip is a follow-up to the March program You Don’t Need an Orchard to Grow Fruit Trees

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July 19, 2018

Summer Garden Tours

 

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.  This year the emphasis is on gardens that demonstrate ways to scale down the gardener’s workload.

 

The tour concludes with a picnic potluck.

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July 24, 2018

Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Hosted by:  Madge Oswald

 

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

 

Participants should bring a form to create and shape their planter.  This can be a sturdy cardboard box or other container, with dimensions a minimum of 12x16x10” and a maximum of 15x20x10”.  A round container may be used if it is at least 10” deep to ensure winter survival of plants.  You should also bring a large plastic bag to cover your project and prevent it from drying too quickly.  Old clothes and rubber gloves are recommended wear.  All other necessary supplies will be provided.

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August 9, 2018

Herb Cultivation

Presented by:  Mary Shier

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Alaska Botanical Gardens

4601 Campbell Airstrip Road

 

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

 

Mary has been involved in caring for the ABG herb garden since its inception.  This tour presents a wonderful opportunity to ask any questions you may have about growing, using, harvesting and preserving herbs.

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August 23 - September 3

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.

 

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.

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September 13, 2018

An Overview of Beekeeping in Anchorage

Presented by:  Steve Victors

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Would it be practical for you to have a bee hive here in Anchorage?  What supplies would you need, how much land would you have to have?  Is there a set of rules about having bees? Would it be a large investment? Are there classes you could take to learn about caring for a hive?  Would it be dangerous for the neighborhood? Steve has answers to these, and to many other questions you might have. 

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October 11, 2018

Flower Photography

Presented by:  Nancy Fassett

 

Are you satisfied with your flower photos?  Are you able to capture the essence you saw with your eyes, or were you disappointed that your image didn’t do the flower justice?  Nancy will give us pointers on how use our cell phone cameras to capture that essence we are looking for so that we can share pictures of our flowers in all their glory.

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November 8, 2018   

Building Power House Soil Fertility

Presented by:  Ellen Vande Visse

 

Learn how to choose organic amendments, optimize soil biology, and build soil structure.  Learn what to apply, and why, to achieve nutrient-dense crops, and how to apply these principles to your home garden.

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December 6, 2018

Fresh Holiday Centerpieces

Instructor:  Daryl Leiser

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dimond Greenhouses

1050 W. Dimond Blvd.

 

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

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

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December 13, 2018

Annual Christmas Luncheon

 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

A long-standing Wildflower Garden Club tradition is our Annual Christmas party.  And what would a Wildflower Christmas party be without a spirited Chinese Auction 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.

 

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM