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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.

Monday, May 7, 2018, 1pm–2pm
Climate Change Separating Pollinators from Their Plants
Docent Kathy Grassel will give a tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden speaking about what habitat gardeners can do! Specialist pollinators face serious problems in a changing environment and habitat fragmentation and pesticides have already disrupted many landscapes. Now with a warming planet, will differing rates of migration between plant and pollinator cause extinction of both? Kathy will grapple with this and more. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

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.

Monday, June 4, 2018, 10am–11am
Wildlife Gardening: Help in a Changing World
Docent Kathy Burnett will give a tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden exploring how by adding wildlife friendly plants to your landscape that provide food and shelter throughout the growing season and by adopting pollinator friendly landscapes practices, you can make a difference to both wildlife and the people that rely on them. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. Free.

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: AlbuquerqueGardenCenter.org

Monday, July 2, 2018, 10am–11am
Herbs in the Xeric Wildlife Habitat Garden
Docent and herbalist Mary Deaguero will give a guided tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Wildlife Habitat. She will identify and talk about the medicinal uses of specific xeric plants, how they are beneficial to humans and wildlife and grow well in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. Free.

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

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10am–11am 
Compare & Contrast: A Formal Garden versus A Habitat Garden
Docent Janet Ghanem will give a tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Wildlife Habitat Garden. A habitat garden is easy to maintain so put away your hedge clippers. The habitat of pollinators including birds, lizards and other creatures is vibrant and entertaining. Come and learn about the xeric habitat and how you can create one in your own backyard. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. Free.

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.

Monday, September 10, 2018, 10am–11am 
Urban Delight: A Habitat Garden in Winter
Docent Dianne Rand will give a tour of the Xeric Garden Club’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden giving insight to garden care in fall and winter. Fall is a great time for planting but not a good time for cleaning the habitat garden. She will speak about winterizing your garden to benefit birds, bees and other creatures who depend on it for food and shelter. As an herbalist, she will also provide instruction on how we can harvest and produce medicines from the garden for our own winter immunity. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. Free.

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 Grassel 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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 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 Albuquerque Garden Center, 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.