Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Gardening, A Unique Art Form
Aaron Lamb, manager of the Santa Ana Garden Center will speak about gardening with low water and xeric native plants with a focus on those that do well in the Albuquerque area. He will talk about everything from groundcovers, low growers, medium and large perennials, trees, shrubs as well as cactus, agaves and yuccas. Gardening is a unique art form that is ever evolving and can be whatever you want it to be. He’ll give us lots of insights how to be an artist in our own gardens.
Piñon Room at the AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Beatrice the Hip Hop Bee
Susan Kent Reed author, beekeeper, retired teacher, competitive dressage rider and horse riding teacher to adults and kids who has six horses, a pony, two dogs, eleven peafowl, seven feral cats (but no mice), five Araucana chickens and a resident Cooper’s hawk on three acres will read from her recently published children’s book. To be followed by a book signing of Beatrice the Hip Hop Bee. This is a family event so bring the kids and grand kids. Piñon Room at the AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
The Curved Line; Straight Talk on Garden Design: The basic rules for landscape design; How and why
do they work? Help for your existing landscapes and new ones to come.

Beth Herschman, thirty years Landscape Designer (certificate from George Washington University), ten years Master Gardener and Xeric Garden Club member, will provide lots of down to earth information on good garden design in Albuquerque. As a very experienced gardener she will demonstrate how one can transform a ho hum garden into one that is visually delightful.
Piñon Room at the AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Friday, April 27 & Saturday April 28, 2018, 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 assistance selling locally grown xeric plants.
Kitchen Patio at the AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 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

Saturday, May 12, 2018, Docent led tour of the Eldorado Cactus Garden
This smallish but jam-packed garden in the community of Eldorado has a large assortment of native cacti.
Conceived by the Cactus Rescue Project in 2002 initially to save the endangered Santa Fe cholla, it has
grown into a demonstration garden to promote cacti in Southwestern gardens.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 45th Annual Albuquerque Garden Tour
Presented by the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs. This year’s tour will be an assortment of wonderful
gardens in the North Valley. The Xeric Garden Club mans a table at one of the gardens and is an opportunity 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
Tour tickets available at AGC or on the website:

Saturday, July 14, 2018, Tour of 3 East Mountain Gardens
Ending at club members Kathy & Wriley Burnett’s multi acre garden. Followed by a members’ potluck lunch in the Burnett’s garden. Although the East Mountains are part of metropolitan Albuquerque, they have more precipitation than the central area of the city. And with an average elevation around 1500 ft higher than downtown ABQ, the East Mountains have a shorter growing season, so the gardening challenges there are more in tune with Santa Fe than Albuquerque.

Monday July 30 – Friday August 3, 2018, Garden Guardians Summer Day Camp
Sponsored by the Xeric Garden Club and held at the Albuquerque Garden Center for children entering 1st grade through 6th. Wonderful activities for children in the Center’s lush gardens throughout the week.

No Meeting in August

Saturday, September 8, 2018, Garden Tour
Lu Lu Sage’s eclectic xeric habitat where whimsical garden art and serious beekeeping cohabitate. The placement of old metal bedframes and unused chairs provide trellises for plantings and her multiple bee houses provide nesting sites for both honey and native bees amongst a very beautiful assortment of pollinator plants.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9am: Members meeting; 10am Presentation
Backyard Gardeners Lead Recovery of the World’s Pollinators
With loss of habitats and overuse of pesticides, beekeeper Kathy Grasse will speak about how our backyard gardens have recovery value due to the disruptions to complex interactions between plants and pollinators. She will also speak about her choice of beehives and the challenging work of removing swarms that have taken up housekeeping in attics, vigas, walls, garages and tree cavities on residential properties.
Patio room at the AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9am: Members’ business meeting; 10am: Members’ forum
Members’ Business Meeting including the election of officers. 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 AGC, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE

Saturday, December 8, 2018, Annual Holiday Party
This year at Sally Vance’s home and garden in the Northeast Heights. A festive get together for all members and their partners where we can share good food and holiday cheer.