Sun Lakes Garden Club News

Starla Kramer

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Kim Rosenlof will give a presentation on growing, harvesting, and eating artichokes and their wild cousins cardoons. While most people are only familiar with the closed artichoke buds purchased in a supermarket, when left to flower, artichokes and cardoons will bloom with gorgeous purple florets that bring amazing color to your mid-summer garden. Kim will provide tips on growing artichokes in Phoenix, along with when to harvest for eating, floral design, and seed production. In addition to being a Maricopa County Master Gardener, Kim is also past president of the Tempe Garden Club and current yearbook editor for the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs.

Members and guests will gather for socializing, refreshments, and welcoming visitors at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting is called to order at 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend and may be from any city with any level of experience. Members meet all year on the third Tuesday of every month.

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There is an option to join online through a safe PayPal account under the “Membership” option. Club memberships are only $20 per year, and a spouse or second member in the household is only $10 per year. The meeting location is at the Chapel Center (house next door to the Sun Lakes All Faiths Community Church and across the street from the Sun Lakes Country Club) at 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.