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2019 Calendar of Events


 

January 10         Regular Meeting and Program: Remembering Verna


February 14       Regular Meeting and Program: 

                            What Goes into the Planning and Growing of Flowers for Our City


March 14            Regular Meeting and Program: Wood Bison of Alaska


April 11                Regular Meeting and Program: 

                            Woodworking for Wildlife


April 20               Service Project:  Children’s Marigold Giveaway at Midtown Mall


May 9                 Service Project: Alaska Botanical Garden Wildflower Trail Maintenance


June 1                 Wildflower Garden Club Annual Plant Sale


June 13               Members Only Field Trip: Wildflower Walk and Talk


July 25                 Members Only : Summer Garden Tours


August 22 -        Alaska State Fair Volunteer Opportunity

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September 12     Members Only Meeting and Program: Building Garden Fertility


October 10         Regular Meeting and Program: A Lesson on Flower Design Principles


November 14      Regular Meeting and Program: 

                             Which House Plants Make the Best Air Cleaners


December 5       Members Only Workshop: Fresh Holiday Wreaths


December 12      Members Only Annual Christmas Luncheon


See Details Below

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January 10, 2019

Remembering Verna


Ginger Hudson, Facilitator

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Ginger Hudson is compiling a book, Remembering Verna, and would like to visit with people who have stories to share about their interactions and experiences with Verna Pratt.  Please come to share your memories and help make this book come alive in a way that will convey what Verna meant to us.

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February 14, 2019

What Goes into the Planning and Growing

 of Flowers for our City


Presented by: Sandy Potvinsk

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Sandy Potvinsk and her team are responsible for the colorful flower beds and baskets that beautify Anchorage each summer.  As Horticulture Supervisor for the municipality, Sandy will detail the time and effort that goes into the design, planning, care and management of the city plantings that delight both tourists and residents. 

 

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March 14, 2019

Wood Bison of Alaska

Their History and Reintroduction


Presented by: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Staff from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center provide an overview of the history of the wood bison and the story of their restoration to their native range in central Alaska.

 

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April 11, 2019


Woodworking for Wildlife
Presented by: Scott Christy
 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Central Lutheran Church
 
Scott will discuss ecologically correct construction designs for nesting nuthatches and chickadees.  Topics will include house shape and size, as well as ventilation, drainage, building materials, entrance size and house placement.  The presentation will also address seasonal timing and why the house should be cleaned for the next family.

 

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April 20, 2019

Children’s Marigold Giveaway

Midtown Mall


Chaired by: Kathy Liska

 

10:00 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. 

 

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May 9, 2019

Alaska Botanical Garden

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 the Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail weed-free and attractive for the Anchorage community and summer visitors.  Bring your own tools and gloves to assist with these efforts.  After a couple of hours of visiting and weeding, enjoy lunch at a favorite restaurant in the company of your fellow gardeners. 

 

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June 1, 2019

Annual Plant Sale


9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

 

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June 13, 2019

Wildflower Walk and Talk

On the Turnagain Trail


Field guide: Amelia Walsh

 

10:00 a.m.

 

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

 

The objective of this four-mile round-trip walk is to explore and enjoy early spring wildflowers.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and dress for the weather.

 

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July 25, 2019

Summer Garden Tours

 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

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August 22 – September 2, 2019

Alaska State Fair

“Crazy Good”

Crops and Flowers

 

Volunteer Opportunity

 

Offer a helping hand at the Alaska State Fair.  Volunteer to help register crop and flower entries or to clerk on Judging days at the fair.  Both day and evening shifts are available.  Contact Kathy Liska, ASF Horticulture Manager and Wildflower Garden Club member, at 337-2196 or akliska@aol.com.

 

 

Junior Giant Zucchini Contest

 

Each year, as part of our mission to promote the study of horticulture, the Club sponsors the 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 12, 2019

Building Garden Fertility


Presented by: Dennis Ronsse

 

 

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

 

Members will meet at a private garden for a talk and demonstration of building and maintaining garden fertility.

 

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October 10, 2019

Using the Principles of Flower Design


Presented by: Paul Marmora

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Join Paul for a demonstration of the principle and design elements used to create flower arrangements.  Learn what criteria are considered when flower show submissions are judged.

 

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November 14, 2019

Which House Plants Make the Best Air Cleaners?


Presented by: Green Connection

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

 

Discover which house plants are the most effective natural air purifiers in this presentation by Green Connection staff.

 

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December 5, 2019

Fresh Holiday Wreaths


Instructor:  Daryl Leiser

 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

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 holidays.

 

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December 12, 2019

Annual Christmas Luncheon

 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

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

 

A long-standing Wildflower Garden Club tradition is our annual Christmas party.  And what would a Wildflower holiday party be without a spirited Chinese Auction Gift Exchange?  If you’d like to participate, bring a wrapped garden-type gift, valued at $15, 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

Tuesday, Oct 15 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct 16 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 7 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 9 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, Nov 10 3:00 PM