On May 3, the members of Sun Lakes Garden Club toured for two hours the demonstration garden of Maricopa County Master Gardeners located in Phoenix. Master Gardener Pam Perry explained the large variety of winter and spring plants that populate the garden. Their organic produce was distributed to students who take their courses to learn how to select, place and care for plants in the low desert. Tomato plants were covered with shades that keep them 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature, allowing them to ripen without being cooked when the latter exceeds 90. During the hot weeks of summer, the perennials are composted to prepare new soil for the fall crops. Our trip ended with lunch at nearby Barbecue Co.
Our June 19 meeting will feature two Sun Lakes residents. Francesca Johnson will share useful resources for gardeners that can be found online. Pam Gilmore will talk about her experience as a new user of medical marijuana. The meeting will be followed by an optional lunch at the Sun Lakes Country Club.
Sun Lakes Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Socializing, greeting visitors and refreshments precedes our program from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. The meeting site is Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. (located across the street from the Sun Lakes Country Club and next to the Sun Lakes Chapel). Visitors are welcome. Please contact Starla Kramer at 480-540-8080 for more information.