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Calendar of Events

by Debora Moritz, Master Gardener

NOVEMBER 2004
11/1 Introduction to Southwest Design 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The landscape design process is demystified as Carrie Nimmer, landscape designer, presents the order in which a design is developed and installed for the homeowner. Understanding types of plans, how to read them, and the roles a landscape architect and other experts play in the process save you time and money on your project, big of small. Great for beginners. Desert Botanical Gardens Member$36/Non-Member $45 Limit 30 (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org

11/3 Tour of ASU Herbarium 10:00 am. Learn what a herbarium is, why herbaria and collections are important, and how to create and mount scientifically useful specimens. The tour is limited to 20 participants. Contact Pamela Saalbach (602) 300-2763 or plantpress@aznps.org

11/4 Preparing Your Landscape for Drought 6:30 - 8:30 pm. City of Phoenix Landscape Workshops. Register through the Desert Botanical Garden at (480) 941-1225 All workshops at the DBG. $10 per workshop. Call Phoenix Water Conservation Office (602) 261-8367 for further information. www.dbg.org

11/6 Designing Your Irrigation System 9 am - 12 pm. City of Phoenix Landscape Workshops. Register through the Desert Botanical Garden at (480) 941-1225 all workshops at the DBG. $10 per workshop. Call Phoenix Water Conservation Office (602) 261-8367 for further information. www.dbg.org

11/6 & 11/13 Rainwater Harvesting 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. In the Australian Outback, everyone does it. In the Sonoran Desert, the rain in vain falls mainly down the drain. See how this bounty is harvested at a housing co-op, on neighborhood streets, in urban homes, and in a community garden. Calculate how much water can be collected off of your roof and find out how you can divert and store rainwater. Brad Lancaster of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild will be our instructor. Co-sponsored by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Fee includes transportation. Please bring a picnic lunch. Please be sure to indicate your day of choice. $40, $36 TBG and ASDM members Tucson Botanical Gardens (502)326-9686 ext. 10 http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/html/registration_form.html

11/8 Not 'Zero-scapes' 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Learn seven principles to apply in your home landscape and why: planning/design, soil analysis, irrigation, turf reduction, appropriate plants, mulch, and maintenance. A must for desert newcomers. Desert Botanical Gardens Member$36/Non-Member $45, Limit 30 (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org

11/9 Arizona Plants for Desert Gardens 6:30 - 8:30 pm. City of Phoenix Landscape Workshops. Register through the Desert Botanical Garden at (480) 941-1225 All workshops at the DBG. $10 per workshop. Call Phoenix Water Conservation Office (602) 261-8367 for further information. www.dbg.org

11/9 "Scentsational" Gardening 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Do you enjoy fragrant blooms and foliage? Join Garden horticulturist, Kirti Mathura, as she familiarizes you with some of the best plants to create an enchanting scented landscape. Desert Botanical Gardens Member $36/Non-Member $45, Limit 30 (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org

11/9 Watersheds and Native Plants 7:00 pm. Whether we live in dense cities, suburban developments, or in rural areas, we all live in a watershed. A watershed is land that drains into a common water body, so water quantity and quality are profoundly influenced by how that land is managed. Watersheds are critically important for Arizona's threatened riparian and aquatic ecosystems. Arizona Native Plant Society aznps.org Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix Contact Kathy Rice (480) 481-8137 or email centralregion@aznps.org

11/14 Champion Trees in Santa Cruz County This will be an all-day tour covering 150+ miles through very scenic country, with short walks to each tree. Tour firmly limited to 15 participants. Ken Morrow (602) 828 8265 torote@mindspring.com

11/15, 11/22, 11/29 Southwest Planting Design for Beginners 6:00 - 9:00 pm Homeowners can learn the process of planting design, its vocabulary and basic graphics from Carrie Nimmer, landscape designer. Discover the function of each plant type, create a plant palette and develop a design. In-class exercises, lectures and homework will help you refine your ideas, making your planting plan beautiful and functional in the desert. Examples provided. A familiarity with landscape plants is required. A private critique of your work completes this course, to be scheduled the last week of November. Desert Botanical Gardens Member $120/Non-Member $150, Limit 15 (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org

11/16 Tree and Shrub Pruning 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. City of Phoenix Landscape Workshops. Register through the Desert Botanical Garden at (480) 941-1225 All workshops at the DBG. $10 per workshop. Call Phoenix Water Conservation Office (602) 261-8367 for further information. www.dbg.org

11/20 10:30 am. Butterfly Walk Adriane Grimaldi invites visitors to our guided walk where you'll learn to identify colorful butterfly species. Monthly walks monitor Arboretum butterfly populations with a regular tally of species observed and their relative numbers. Meet at the Visitor Center; bring binoculars if you have them, and carry water. Free with admission. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/

11/20 Restoration workdays at Saguaro National Park Re-vegetate damaged areas in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Carianne (520) 991-9109 csfunicelli@yahoo.com

11/20 Converting to Xeriscape 9 am - 12 pm. Instructor: Mary Irish. City of Phoenix Landscape Workshops. Register through the Desert Botanical Garden at (480) 941-1225 All workshops at the DBG. $10 per workshop. Call Phoenix Water Conservation Office (602) 261-8367 for further information. www.dbg.org

11/27 & 28 Fall Color Festival 11:00 am - 3:00 pm each day. Bring your visiting guests and visiting family to see lovely Fall foliage at the Arboretum, where Chinese Pistachio trees turn brilliant red, pumpkin-orange and gold during late November and early December. We'll have beautiful leaves and also live guitar/flute music from the Rusty & Millie duo, alternating from 11 am until 3 pm with storytellers Esther Jepson Doetsch, Ron Lancaster and Glenda Bonin. Learn why leaves change color; join Author Christine Maxa Nov. 27 at 10 am for a fall foliage slide show followed by a guided tour around our trails. Painters Cindy Carrillo, CJ Rider and others will also offer plein air demonstrations of their craft outdoors around the Arboretum on both days. Free with admission. Boyce Thompson Arboretum (520) 689-2723 http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/

DECEMBER 2004

12/11 & 11/26 Edible/Medicinal Plants 10:30 am. Explore the Curandero Trail and learn about edible and medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert alongside volunteers Jean Groen and Don Wells, authors of "Foods of the Superstitions." Free with admission. Boyce Thompson Arboretum (520) 689-2723 http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/

12/11 Roses in the Desert 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. Rosarian and Master Gardener Marylou Coffman has a stunning slide show on spectacular rose varieties, along with great handouts and other resources. Marylou is also an Accredited Judge of the American Rose Society and is considered one of Arizona's leading authorities on the subject. Her own garden has more than 200 rose varieties and she is co-director and chief judge for the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, one of 26 test gardens for all major rose growers in the country. The Gardens at Carefree Town Center. No charge. http://www.carefree.org/


Photos by Candice Sherrill



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Last Updated November 21, 2004
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