Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
From Seeds to Needs
Mike Halverson, manager Santa Ana Native Plant Wholesale Nursery. Mike’s presentation will include
pots of native plants and trees to illustrate how the nursery grows their plants, from seed propagation through
all the intermediate steps to selling the plants. He will discuss various propagation processes and the
importance of pot sizes. He will also talk about the work they do with entities like the National Park Service and other projects they are presently involved in including work with Native Americans.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
The Urban Forest in the Xeric Landscape
Jennifer Dann, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, NM State Forestry. If we take
a step back from considering individual trees in the xeric landscape and instead look at all of the trees in our community as one urban forest, how do water conservation measures impact the urban forest and how does the urban forest impact water conservation? This presentation will focus on what research has been done, what the research shows us and how we can ensure xeric principles and the urban forest are mutually supportive.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Attracting Birds and Keeping Them Safe
Bruce Dale, Conservation Chair for Central NM Audubon Society will present a comprehensive talk on
ways to attract birds by giving them a variety of native plants, water (especially in our arid Southwest) and
safe passage. He will speak about how native plants have evolved with native birds creating a symbiotic
relationship and native plants provide four food groups for birds — berries and fruits, seeds, nectar and
insects. Importantly, to the benefit of all of us, birds are voracious consumers of bugs! He will speak about
how birds look for cover for safety and shelter, so providing a multi-level habitat with flowers, shrubs, vines
and trees attracts a variety of birds and in return creates a year round refuge in your garden for both birds
and humans to enjoy.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free

Friday, April 26 & Saturday April 27, 2019, Annual Albuquerque Garden Council’s Spring Plant Sale.
This is the Xeric Garden Club’s only fundraiser of the year and an opportunity for members to purchase great plants for their gardens. It’s also an important time for members to volunteer selling locally grown xeric plants.
Kitchen Patio at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.

Monday, May 6, 2019, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden

Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Friday, May 10, 2019, New Members’ Tea
To be held at Dianne Rand’s home and garden. This is a terrific opportunity for new members to see a
fabulous garden and get to know other members in the club while enjoying delicious food and Dianne’s
wonderful assortment of teas. Invitations will be mailed.

Sunday, May 19, 2019, Annual Albuquerque Garden Tour. Self guided from 9am–4pm.
Presented by the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs. This year’s tour will be an assortment of 11
gorgeous gardens in Glenwood Hills. The Xeric Garden Club mans a table at one of the gardens and is an opportunity for Xeric volunteers to invite tour participants to join the club and educate the public on the importance of xeriscaping in an arid climate. Club members who volunteer get garden tour tickets at half price.
Tour ticket $15. Lunch in one of the beautiful gardens $15. Tour tickets available at the Albuquerque Garden Center or on the website: www.AlbuquerqueGardenCenter.org

Monday, June 3, 2019, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, June 22, 2019, Tour of Wes Brittenham's Garden
Wes is Farm & Landscape Manager at Los Poblanos and before that a long time manager of Plants of the Southwest. His garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat with pathways laid out years ago by dogs no longer
with his family. It features many native species as well as adaptive ones. The newest element still in progress
is a sunken landscape being created after removing a swimming pool. Due to the narrow winding paths, his
garden is not compatible for a wheelchair or walker. This late in June day will ensure lots of flowering plants
in Wes’s garden but it may be hot so bring a hat and water bottle.

Monday, July 1, 2019, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, July 13, 2019, Tour of Margo Murdock's Garden
Margo and husband Tom retired to Albuquerque in February 1999 and built their home in High Desert which requires that only native plants be used for visible landscaping. So all their daylilies are in the backyard behind the walls. Judith Phillips designed the garden with a bit of change by Margo who put the original forty daylilies all over the back landscape, organized by color. Now there’s over 150 daylilies watered using drip irrigation. Because of the many native plants in the garden and meeting the four criteria, the garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and designed to give year round pleasure. The garden style is Japanese with lanterns, moss rock stepping stones, two bridges, and Kanji symbols. Please note there are different levels traversing the garden and with the Japanese walking stones and a rock bridge it is a challenging walking environment.

Monday July 29 – Friday August 2, 2019, Garden Guardians Summer Day Camp
Sponsored by the Xeric Garden Club and held at the Albuquerque Garden Center for children entering 1st through 6th grade. Wonderful activities for children in the Center’s lush gardens throughout the week emphasizing being good guardians of the environment. $125/child; $100 per sibling, scholarships available. Volunteers needed including camp counselors and snack makers as well as in kind donations and sponsoring a camper.
Contact Xeric members Sally Vance or Kathy Burnett for more info about ways to contribute.

Monday, August 5, 2019, 2pm–3pm 
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

No Meeting in August

Monday, September 9, 2019, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, Docent led tour of the Albuquerque Biopark’s Rio Grande
Botanic Gardens.

36 acres of formal and whimsical gardens designed to delight the senses. The gardens showcase plants of the Southwest and other arid climates, and include a 10,000-square-foot conservatory, formal themed gardens, and a demonstration garden. Our docent will lead us over areas of the gardens for 1½ hours so bring water and a hat. 2601 Central Ave NW adjacent to the Rio Grande River.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10am, Docent led tour of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve,
La Cienega

A 35-acre nature preserve south of Santa Fe. This rare natural cienega, or marsh in Spanish, hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife. The Preserve contains three distinct plant communities or zones. They are: riparian/wetland, transitional, and dry uplands. RSVP needed by October 5th..

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am: Members’ business meeting; 10am: Members’ forum
Members’ Business Meeting includes the election of officers for 2020. Members’ Forum – What I did Last Summer. Fun and informal presentations by members who want to share their adventures in gardening over
the prior growing season. Patio room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, Annual Holiday Party
This year at Jenison Klinger’s home and garden. This is a festive get together for all members and their partners where we can share good food and holiday cheer. Please RSVP by December 1st to Jenison Klinger.