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WILDFLOWER GARDEN CLUB - 2020 Calendar of Events

January 9        Regular Meeting and Program:  

“The Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis Products & Their Uses”     


February 13     Regular Meeting and Program:

“What BioChar Can do for Your Gardens & the Environment”    


March 12          Regular Meeting and Program:

“Why You Should be Thankful for Insects”    

April 9             Regular Meeting and Program: 

“What it Takes to Beautify the Alaska State Fair Grounds”    


April 11           Service Project:  Children’s Marigold Giveaway at the Midtown Mall

May 14            Service Project:  Alaska Botanical Garden

Verna Pratt Wildflower Trail Maintenance

June 6              Wildflower Garden Club Annual Plant Sale has been cancelled

July 7                 Members Only Field Trip:  Wildflower Walk and Talk

July 23               Members Only:  Summer Garden Tours

Aug 27- Sept 7 Alaska State Fair Volunteer Opportunity

September 10 Regular Meeting and Program:

 “Alaska Raptor - Owls”

October 8       Regular Meeting and Program:

 “Building a Water Feature”   


November 12 Regular Meeting and Program:                                 

“Share Pictures of Your Summer Garden”   

December 3    Members Only Workshop:  Fresh Holiday Wreaths or Centerpieces

December 10  Members Only:  Annual Christmas Luncheon



January 9, 2020

The Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis Products

Presented by:  Jen Bersch

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

You’re going to learn how each product is produced and the pros and cons of using each product.  Hear how each can be used for medicinal purposes:  pain, arthritis, anxiety, sleep and well-being.  Here is a chance to get your questions answered, so don’t be afraid to ask! 

Jen is a third generation Alaskan, she is a stylist and esthetician with a focus on using organic products.  She has owned Salon DaVinci for ten years.  Her passion lies in health and wellness, she has advocated for safe cosmetics in the beauty industry.  Her interest in cannabis stems from its use to support wellness and healing.


February 13, 2020

What BioChar Can do for Your Gardens & the Environment

Presented by:  Mingchu Zhang, Professor, UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

BioChar sounds too good to be true; what can it really do?  Ming is very knowledgeable about soil; he has been working with it for many years.  He knows what it needs and how to produce it.  He is now making his own BioChar.

BioChar is a charcoal-like substance that’s made by burning organic bio-mass from forestry wastes in a controlled burn process called pyrolysis.  Although it resembles charcoal, biochar is uniquely different.  It is produced using a specific process to eliminate heavy metal contamination and safely store carbon and then is used as a soil amendment.


March 12, 2020

Why You Should be Thankful for Insects

Presented by: Jessie Moan, Integrated Pest Management Agent UAF Cooperative Extension

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

Do you enjoy watching butterflies, fireflies, dragonflies and praying mantises?  These are probably the most obvious of the insects you can name.  Did you know insects are the largest category of living things you can observe, which makes the study of them so fascinating.   Without insects, our lives would be vastly different.  Insects pollinate many of our fruits, flowers and vegetables. We would not have much of the produce that we enjoy and rely on without the pollinating services of insects, not to mention honey, beeswax, silk and other useful products that insects provide. What else makes insects important? Jessie will fill us in.


April 9, 2020

What it Takes t Beautify the Alaska State Fair Grounds

Presented by:  Becky Myrvold, Alaska State Fair Head Gardener/Horticulturist

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

Becky Myrvold is already planning this year’s and next year’s gardens for the Alaska State Fair. Part of the process is the same each year.  From her 30+ years of experience, the Fair’s longtime head gardener knows she will use hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables to create 150 hanging baskets, 2000 whiskey barrel planters and to fill the 25 flower beds on the Alaska State Fairgrounds.

Although the gardens will be seen mostly from August 27 to September 7 this year, it takes a year-round effort to bring them to life. Becky will share with us the process she goes through each year to ensure the gardens are at their very best at fair time.  She will also share with us some of the seed companies, and flowers that work well to paint this glorious fall picture.  Where do you get your inspiration Becky?  Who else do you use to pull this perfection off?


April 11, 2020 - Service Project

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.  We provide instructions on how to care for their little treasures.



May 14, 2020 - Service Project

Alaska Botanical Garden

Verna Pratt 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. 


June 6, 2020

Annual Plant Sale has been cancelled


July 7, 2020

Wildflower Walk and Talk – Field Trip

Arctic Valley

Field guide:  Amelia Walsh

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

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Muldoon Fred Meyer parking lot, under the Fred Meyer sign, off

Debarr Road. We will carpool from there. This trip’s level of difficulty is considered MODERATE, with uphill hiking.

This summer’s hike will be up beautiful Arctic Valley to explore the little plants that live on the journey up the mountain as well as the ones that live at the top.

Lunch will be a sack lunch when we reach the top. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothes. Bring your sack lunch and a bottle of water.  See you there! 



July 23, 2020

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.


August 27 - September 7, 2020

Alaska State Fair - “Seeing is Believing”

Volunteer Opportunity

Crops and Flowers - Entry Dates Wednesday Aug 26 and/or Sept 2 Noon-9:00 p.m.

Offer a helping hand at the Alaska State Fair.  Volunteer to help register Crops and Flowers 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

Junior Giant Zucchini Contest Entry Dates - Wednesday Aug 26 and/or Sept 2 Noon-9:00 p.m.

Each year, as part of our mission to promote the study of horticulture, the Wildflower Garden 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!


September 10, 2020

Alaska Raptor - Owls

Presented by:  Bird Treatment and Learning Center

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

This Nonprofit Organization is located at 15510 Old Seward Hwy. in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Bird Treatment and Learning Center began as a handful of dedicated volunteers operating under the guidance of James R. Scott, DVM, working out of Arctic Animal Hospital.  Dr. Scott’s goal was to provide quality medical care for sick & injured wild birds. The center operates under permits issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to provide primary medical care and rehabilitation for sick, injured or orphaned wild birds: and to provide environmental education for the public through live wild bird programs.


October 8, 2020

Building a Water Feature

Presented by:  Martie and Blacky Black

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To be held at the Black’s home

Martie and Blacky will inform us as to what we will need to build a water feature, then instruct us on how to build it.  You may be asked to bring necessary items, so we can build one together, or a dollar amount to help pay for the materials.  You may have something already in mind, but once you know all the basics, you can go home and build the feature you envision.  There may be further instructions later. This should be informative as well as lots of fun!


November 12, 2020

Share Pictures of Your Summer Garden

Presented by:  Kathy Liska and Members

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central Lutheran Church

During the 2020 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.  Send those pictures to Kathy Liska at 907-301-0317 or to put on a flash drive for everyone to enjoy during our November Member Show & Tell meeting, Thanksgiving Potluck and Food Drive.  You may send up to 12 photos. 


December 3, 2020

Fresh Holiday Wreaths or Centerpieces

Instructor:  Darryl Leiser

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dimond Greenhouse @ 1050 W Dimond Blvd

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

Darryl will once again instruct us in the art of shaping fragrant boughs to create something special for the holidays.



December 10, 2020

Annual Christmas Luncheon

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location TBA

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 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

Thursday, Jun 4 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 6 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, Jun 13 5:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 13 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, Jun 16 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM