Saturday, January 8, 2022, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am Presentation
George Miller, Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes
Gardening in Times of Climate Change, Water Crisis, Polar Vortexes, Pandemics, and the Sixth Extinction.
The massive worldwide loss of insect populations has created a modern “Insect “Apocalypse.” The collapse
of the foundation of the food chain pyramid is destabilizing ecosystems from farmlands to rainforests. In the last 30 years monarch butterfly populations have plunged 90%, for a loss of 900 million in North America.
By turning our yards into pollinator-friendly landscapes, we can restore part of the habitat lost by urban development. The key is choosing native plants that provide three-seasons of food, shelter, and nesting for butterflies, bees, and birds. With pollinators, it’s true that “build it and they will come.”
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE. Free

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am Presentation
Dara Saville, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine
Join author, herbalist, and geographer Dara Saville for this discussion on some of our region’s most famous medicinal plants. We’ll explore iconic landscapes, key medicinal plants from those places, and species responses to environmental change. We will also look at what we can learn about medicinal uses of these plants as they play healing and balancing roles in their ecosystems and in our bodies. 
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am Presentation
Gail HaggardPresent & Future Changes to Home Gardens
Changing gardens and mindsets with the drought, and offering pollinators food for their caterpillar and flying forms. “I’ve worked at Plants of the Southwest since 1976. I love children even when they get older. We can get through this drought and pandemic together if we don't succumb to marketing and social media because
it’s joyful to clothe bare earth, and learn from insects and animals and plants.”
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free.

Friday, April 22, 2022, 1pm - 6pm & Saturday April 23, 2022, 8am - noon
Annual Spring Garden Fair & 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.
The event helps support the Albuquerque Garden Center and all the demonstration gardens.
Kitchen Patio at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE.
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Saturday May 7, 2022; 10am-11am
Docent led tour of Xeric’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Fundamentals of the Habitat Garden, docent Dianne Rand
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free

Sunday, May 22, 2022, Annual Albuquerque Garden Tour
Self guided from 9am–4pm. Presented by the Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs.
This 2022 Parade of Gardens in ABQ features two far NE Heights neighborhoods. Seven amazing patio gardens in one very walkable neighborhood, and 5 engaging medium-sized gardens in a second walkable neighborhood. Because these gardens are mostly one entry/exit, we are limiting the number of tickets to 850. These will be timed tickets and sold on-line only. Optional lunch at Garden #10 will be $15. The price of the tour ticket is $18 this year and includes parking and bus rides. 
Parking is NOT AVAILABLE in the neighborhoods, so everyone will park behind the Mormon Temple at the corner of Eubank and San Francisco. 
Patrons will be bussed to the two neighborhoods from the parking lot and returned to the parking lot when finished. Busses will run every 15 minutes.
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. 

Saturday June 4, 2022 10am-11am
Docent led tour of Xeric’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Bringing Nature Home, docent Kathy Burnett
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free

Saturday June 11, 2022; Tour of Jenison Klinger Garden
“Our house lot elevation varies from more than 10' from the top of the property to the bottom, and because of this, created small vignettes of plants and rocks to connect the larger spaces at the top of the yard to the bottom of the yard. In essence, we created rooms of different plants to make the transition. The main entry is the patio area that features such things as a Subaru clutch plate and a large art installation of a 1950 Chevy truck grill with trellises attached to the sides of the grill and metal ceiling tiles attached at the bottom of the grill. At the Parade of Gardens, a gentleman asked me where he could buy the items to make an art installation like mine, and I said that it took 50 years of collecting junk. Throughout the yard, you will find more metal objects of one sort or the other.”

Saturday July 9, 2022; Tour of Alwyn and Sunel Vanderwalt’s Garden
We are two obsessed gardeners who love to dig, plant and entertain all “good” and “bad” insects, pollinators, snakes, bobcats and everything else that grows or moves. Our certified wildlife habitat garden is full of native and well adapted drought tolerant plants which include a few from our native country, South Africa. We provide food, water, cover, and places for all kinds of creatures to raise young, while using sustainable practices. We love to experiment, sometimes listening to words of wisdom and sometimes not.
Our garden consists of a Zen garden where we find calm and where bunnies live under a Chamisa bush. The partly shaded front courtyard is where “hummers” chase above the challenging caliche soil where plants must fight to survive. Canales collect summer monsoon rains to augment the drip irrigation to water our drought tolerant, raised perennial bed and rock garden. Sitting on the porch we are mesmerized by a yearly seasonal orchestral color change and plenty of insect watching opportunities. Close by is an almost hidden secret garden for our 5-year-old grandchild. Here she can hang things in a juniper tree and smell the roses. Further along you can find bird friendly shrubs, butterfly weed and oak trees. A challenging nature walk, which demands hiking shoes, demonstrates erosion control and drought tolerant plants, placed in places where the topsoil blew away. Brad Lancaster’s books on Rainwater Harvesting opened our eyes to see wind and water erosion as well as the source of our gaping gulley. We learned about and implemented concepts like imprinting, sheet flow spreader, how to build a one-rock dam and Zuni bowls.

Saturday July 16, 2022 10am-11:30am
Docent led tour of Xeric’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Brief History of Medicinal Plants, docent Mark Vaughn
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free

Saturday August 6, 2022 10am-11am
Docent led tour of Xeric’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Engaging our Senses in the Garden, docent Sunel Vanderwalt
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free

Saturday September 10, 2022, 9am Members’ meeting; 10am Presentation
Pam McBride, A Walk Through Time: An Ethnobotancial Garden at the Center for NM Archaeology
Pam McBride is an avid native plant enthusiast, activist, and is a board member of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Native Plant Society of NM. She has authored or co-authored over one hundred reports or papers and has presented several of these at professional meetings.
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free.

Saturday September 17, 2022 10am-11:30
Docent led tour of Xeric’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden
Sustainable Gardening: How Many Species Will This Plant Support, docent Lulu Sage
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE. Free

Saturday October 8, 2022 Docent Led Tour of Los Poblanos
Wes Brittenham, speaking about Plant Selection and Water Use: Past and Future
Los Poblanos was designed in 1932 by the region’s foremost architect, John Saw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style”. Los Poblanos combines a B&B, a working organic farm and the ideal setting for special events. In the heart of the Rio Grande River Valley,  set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos is undeniably one of the most stunning properties in the Southwest. From the minute you drive down the long tree-lined allée flanked by fields of lavender and rows of vegetables, you know you are in a very special place. The historic La Quinta building, designed by Meem, is an architectural jewel. Outside, around every corner, one can find vibrant flower beds irrigated with river water, Spanish tile fountains, rose cutting gardens, winding pathways and sweeping views. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 9am: Members’ meeting; 10am: Member’ Forum
Members’ Business Meeting includes the election of officers for 2023. 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 11, 2022, Annual Holiday Party, Hosted by Alwyn and Sunel Vanderwalt
This is a festive get together for all members and their partners where we can share good food and holiday cheer in a member’s warm and inviting residence.