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2021 Calendar of Events


January 14 - Regular Mtg and Program: Orchid Care 101


February 11 - Regular Mtg and Program:  AgrAbility: Easier Gardening


March 11 - Regular Mtg and Program: Summer Bulbs


April 3 - Service Project:  Children’s Marigold Giveaway at Midtown Mall


April 8 - Regular Mtg and Program: Urban Wildlife: Both Sides of the Coin


May 13 - Service Project: Alaska Botanical Garden Maintenance

Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail


May 22 - Service Project: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Native Garden Maintenance


June 5 - WGCA Annual Plant Sale


June 17 - Members & Family Only Field Trip: Alaska Botanical Garden Walk and Talk


July 15 - Summer Garden Tours: Open to the Public

Harvest of Hope Memorial Garden

and the Centennial Rose Garden


July 29 -Local Club Members Only Field Trip: AK Wildlife Conservation Center 


August 26 to Sept 6 - Alaska State Fair: Volunteer Opportunity - Crops & Flowers Dept


September 9 - Regular Mtg and Program: Fungus Among Us - Alaska Mushrooms


October 14 - Regular Mtg and Program: Growing Dahlias the Alaskan Way


November 11 - Regular Mtg and Program: Member Share Slideshow of our AK Summer


December 2Members Only Workshop: Fresh Holiday Wreath or Table Centerpiece


December 9 - Members Only: Annual Holiday Luncheon



January 14, 2021

“Orchid Care 101”

Presented by Wayne Toups

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Orchid care is not as tough as we think it is! Do not be afraid to grow orchids yourself! Alaska Orchid Society President, Wayne Toups, is set to put our fears to rest with simple tips on orchid care, watering, lights, humidity needs, “soils” and moss, and repotting hints. Those grocery store orchids can rebloom and thrive if you treat them right – no need to toss them in the trash after the last bloom fades. Wayne can even tell us how to order some more exotic orchids once we get more comfortable growing these beautiful tropical plants.

 

February 11, 2021

“AgrAbility - ‘Seasoned Gardeners: New Tricks’

Presented by DeShana York and Art Nash

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Cooperative Extension Service’s (CES) AgrAbility team will present tips and tricks to easier gardening over the years, including modifying tools and processes to lessen strain and new and modified garden planning to make our gardening tasks easier.

 

March 11, 2021

“Summer Bulbs”

Presented by Debbie Hinchey

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

Spring is time to purchase and start the growing process for summer blooming bulbs. Tips for propagation, growth, and overwintering the winter-tender ones will be discussed. Please share your successes with the discussion at the end.

 

April 3, 2021

Children’s Marigold Giveaway - Service Project

Chaired by Kathy Liska

Midtown Mall

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Are you looking for a teaching experience guaranteed to delight a child? Come join us at our table at the Midtown Mall Spring Garden Show. Watch the children’s faces light up as they dirty their hands planting their first marigold. We provide instructions on how to care for their little treasures. Sign up to Volunteer and be sure to wear your Wildflower aprons!


April 8, 2021

“Urban Wildlife: Both Sides of the Coin”

Presented by Donna Dewhurst

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a. m. – 11:30 a.m.

Club member Donna Dewhurst retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Her career was spent working with wildlife interactions. Currently, she is a freelance writer and photographer. Donna will tell us about enhancing our gardens with common sense. You can attract native pollinators and birds with certain plants, but then again, some plants will bring the bigger, less welcome visitors. Some pollinators go after specific flowers (honeybees versus bumble bees). Water features will bring certain birds specifically. If we want moose or bears, Donna can tell us how to bring them in. Hmm … maybe not. Create an urban oasis without the downside!

 

May 13, 2021

Alaska Botanical Garden Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail Maintenance – Service Project

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Alaska Botanical Gardens – 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road

Our club members work hard to keep the Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail weed-free and attractive for the Anchorage community and summer visitors.

After a couple of hours of visiting and weeding, those interested can enjoy lunch at a favorite restaurant in the company of our fellow gardeners. Bring your favorite tools as well as gloves. We also like to have volunteers work before the big events scheduled at the Botanical Garden. We will send out a timely reminder of those dates when we have them.

 

May 22, 2021

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Service Project

Native Plant Garden Maintenance

 

June 5, 2021

Wildflower Garden Club of Alaska Annual Plant Sale

Chaired by Paul Marmora

7435 Old Harbor Avenue

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Share your locally grown botanical treasures with other area gardeners. Participators keep 75% of their sales and the club receives 25%. A win for all!

  1. Plants must be well watered. There are no watering facilities.
  2. Plants are to be in good shape and pest and disease free.
  3. Plants may be brought from 10am on Thursday until 9pm on Friday.
  4. There will be signs posted to indicate the area your plants are to be dropped.

The plant committee will have final determination over plant location and display.

 

  1. The Craft Corner is for garden related crafts of any kind.
  2. Plant sellers are expected to work at least a part of the day, including set up, sales, cashiering, tear down and clean up.
  3. All unsold plant materials must be picked up immediately after the sale ends.

 

There is a pot-luck for all plant sale volunteers.

 

June 17, 2021

Alaska Botanical Garden Walk and Talk – Members & Family-Only Activity

With Patrick Ryan, ABG Education Specialist

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What at treat! A personalized tour through our local botanical garden. We will start with our own Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail and continue through all the specialized gardens.

We have worked on the Wildflower Trail for years and will be interesting to see it from the public perspective. The garden has graciously offered a discounted entry price of only $8.00 for this specially designed tour.

 

July 15, 2021

Summer Garden Tours - Open to the Public

Harvest of Hope Memorial Garden

and the Centennial Rose Garden

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Harvest of Hope Memorial Garden was developed as an urban farm to grow food to donate to the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry and other organizations. This is a fascinating look into maximizing space and doing good in our community!

The Centennial Rose Garden was started in 1967 and is one of the best kept secrets in the Anchorage public gardens. It was built to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia. It comprises 100 X 120 feet and has about 100 hardy and distinctive roses. The smell mid-summer is intoxicating.

We will start the hours at the Harvest of Hope at 10 a.m. and finish at the Rose Garden, followed by a bring-a-bag lunch on the grass on the park strip – or you can bring a chair.


July 29, 2021

Field Trip – Local Garden Club Members Only

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Wildflower Club of Alaska has been overseeing the Native Plant Garden from the beginning of the project to gathering volunteers from ours as well as other local garden clubs. We would like to make available a tour for people to see what has been accomplished and perhaps to entice a few more volunteers for maintenance.

Join us on July 29th, 2021 for a tour of the project and Facility. Discounted price is projected to be $10/person depending on tour group size and on pandemic mandates at the time. Tour followed by a bring-a-bag lunch.


August 26th - September 6th, 2021

“Seeing is Believing!”

Alaska State Fair

Crops and Flowers ~ Volunteer Opportunity

Offer a helping hand at the Alaska State Fair. Call Kathy Liska, ASF Crops Superintendent, Horticulture Manager, and Wildflower Garden Club of Alaska member, to help register crop and flower entries, or clerk on the Judging days at the fair.

Both day and evening shifts are available. You will get to preview all the wonderful produce in the midst of crowing roosters, quacking ducks, honking geese, and gobbling turkeys … a real country fair atmosphere!


Crops and Flowers: 1st Entry date:  Wed. Aug. 25 ~ 1st Judging Thurs. Aug. 26

2nd Entry date:  Wed. Sept 1 ~ 2nd Judging Thurs. Sept 2

Entry hours - Noon to 9pm ~ Judging hours - 8am to Noon

Contact Kathy at 337-2196 or by email at akliska@aol.com

Encourage a young person, aged 6-17, to enter the WGCA Junior Giant Zucchini Contest!

 

September 9th, 2021

“Fungus Among Us – Alaska Mushrooms”

Presented by Christin Swearingen

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mycologist Christin Swearingen has been an Alaska mushroom expert for a number of years. She teaches, leads tours and is a Judge of the mushroom exhibit at the Alaska State Fair. She has recently accepted the position of Conservation Coordinator for the Interior Alaska Land Trust. She will give us a beginner’s overview on recognizing the more common edible and poisonous mushrooms, their habitats, collecting times, and uses for both culinary and ecological purposes.

 

October 14th, 2021

“Growing Dahlias the Alaskan Way …

  (we don’t give a darn how they do it outside!)”

Presented by Marya Morrow & Garnett Morrow Jr.

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Accomplished dahlia experts Marya Morrow and Garnett Morrow Jr. have been stunning Fairgoers for years with their vibrant bursts of glorious color and shape – they have the ribbons and Division Championships to prove it! The Morrows will give us Alaskan tips on how to care for, divide, and overwinter these jewels in our area. They will talk about clones versus seedlings, sharing about some they have developed themselves.


November 11th, 2021

“Members Share Photos of Your Summer Gardens and Alaska Adventures”

Central Lutheran Church or Zoom Online

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kathy Liska will put your summer garden pictures into a slide show. During the 2021 growing season, members are encouraged to take out their phones or cameras and snap pictures of their garden flowers, scenes, water features, people or pets enjoying the garden etc. You may send 10 or fewer of your pictures to Kathy at akliska@aol.com for everyone to enjoy during our November Thanksgiving Potluck and Food Drive. Please bring a dish to share – always a fun gathering.

 

December 2nd, 2021

Fresh Holiday Wreaths or Centerpiece – Members-Only Activity

Instructor:  Darryl Leiser

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dimond Greenhouses – 1050 W. Dimond Blvd.

Darryl 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 $30.00 per person. Basic materials will be supplied. It is really a hands-on project – expect your hands to be sticky with sap. Bring a wet wipe or hand sanitizer for cleanup! 

 

December 9th, 2021

Annual Holiday LuncheonMembers-only Activity

Location TBA

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Experience the magic of the holidays with your garden friends, good food, and fun. If you would like to participate in our spirited Gift Exchange, bring a $15.00 wrapped, garden related gift.

This is a potluck, so also bring your favorite desert, salad, main dish, or appetizer to be shared along with your holiday cheer!

 


Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb 4 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Feb 11 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, Feb 16 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 17 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM