Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Plant Pollination Strategies: Food, Sex, and Broken Promises
George Miller, president of the Albuquerque chapter of the Native Plant Society NM and author of Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest, will explore how plants have evolved to manipulate pollinator behavior not only with pollen and nectar rewards, but also with tricks, stimulants, addiction, deception, and entrapment.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Old World Medicinal Plants for Albuquerque Gardens
Dara Seville will be the speaker. She is affiliated with Albuquerque Herbalism and the Yerba Mansa Project.
Has a Masters in Landscape Geography and Ecology Resource Management. She has also done fieldwork with the National Park Service.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Presentation
Heat Island Effect Caused By Improper Xeriscaping
Diane Stevenson will be the speaker. She is an ecologist, writer, environmental educator, Landscape for Life™ Trainer and native plant enthusiast. Additionally, she is the Newsletter Editor for the Albuquerque Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.
Piñon Room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free

*CANCELLED* Friday, April 24 & Saturday April 25, 2020,
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.

*CANCELLED* Monday, May 4, 2020, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
by Lida Crooks
Fundamentals of the Habitat Garden
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Xeric Garden Club Plant Sale, Final Plant Sale
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10am - 12noon
Go to Peggy Wells’ house. 425 Virginia St. NE
Only 2 customers at a time will be admitted. Please wear a mask
Click link for final plant list and prices: 2020PlantList.pdf

*CANCELLED* Saturday, May 9, 2020, Garden Tour
Tour of Sandy Barnett’s beautifully designed garden by Judith Phillips.

*CANCELLED* Friday, May 15, 2020, 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.

*CANCELLED* Monday, June 1, 2020, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden by Kathy Burnett
Bringing Nature Home
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

*CANCELLED* Sunday, June14, 2020, Annual Albuquerque Garden Tour. Self guided from 9am–4pm.
Presented by the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs. This year’s tour we are proud to display 6 beautiful gardens in the North Albuquerque Acres area. Over one acre each, these gardens have several garden “rooms”, fabulous patios, and each has a unique take on what their garden should be.  They range from a beautiful xeric handicapped-accessible garden; a forester's forest garden; a contemporary garden with a “buffalo patio”, and a stunning traditional garden which takes advantage of its many elevations. 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

*CANCELLED* Monday, July 6, 2020, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden by Dianne Rand
Exposing Gardening Myths
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 10am–11am
Tour of Two Private Placitas Gardens
Coordinated by Sandy Liakus. Garden #1 employs the principals of permaculture with a pond, composting and gardens for growing food. The planted garden landscape coexists with the area’s native and native-adapted plants and is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Garden #2 is a Zen garden where large boulders were brought in to create irregular mountain outcroppings in the landscape. There is a large cascading waterfall and pond along with swales and slopes to passively collect rainfall, promote propagation of plants from seed and the naturalization of shrubs, cacti and wild flowers.

*POSTPONED until summer 2021* Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2020, 8:30am–2:00pm
Garden Guardians Summer Day Camp 
Children learn to become better guardians of the earth through experiments, games, crafts, skits and guest speakers. This year’s theme is Super Pollinators.
Held on the beautiful grounds at the Albuquerque Garden Center 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.
For children entering grades 1- 6. $125 and $100 for each sibling. Scholarships available.
For further information go to: www.AlbuquerqueGardenCenter.org

Monday, August 3, 2020, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden by Janet Herbst
Heat Island Effect
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

No Meeting for the rest of August – Enjoy a Summer Break!

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 9am
A Class & Demonstration in Permaculture
To be held at the residence of Michael Reed, Albuquerque South Valley area.

Monday, September 14, 2020, 10am–11am
Docent led tour of the Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden by Lu Lu Sage
How Many Species Will This Plant Support
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 10am–Noon
Annual Xeric Board Meeting - Planning for 2021
Non Board Members are most welcome to attend and give ideas and suggestions for activities for the 2021 year!

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 9am–10:30am
Judith Phillips led tour of the First Public Xeric Demonstration Garden of ABQ
Installed by the Xeriscape Council and owned by the city of Albuquerque. Located adjacent to Wyoming Blvd and Osuna Rd, NE Albuquerque

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Member’ 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. Even if nothing to share, we welcome everyone’s attendance, as this is an enjoyable morning! Patio room at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.

Sunday, December 6, 2020, Annual Holiday Party
This year at Beth Herschman and Joe Vanderburg’s beautiful 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 Beth Herschman.