The Weeders Garden Club traveled to the David and Gladys Wright House in Scottsdale on March 17. The home was designed in 1950 by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1952 for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys on 10 acres in the middle of citrus groves at the base of Camelback Mountain. The plans were titled “How to Live in the Southwest.” The design of the home was elevated in the form of a spiral rising from the desert floor, converted the treetops into lawn and revealing a 360 degree view of the mountains forming the valley. This home was called a “modern castle in the air” and was made using a specially cast pattern of slabs of concrete interlocking in circles which repeats the circular theme of the house; the circle is given depth and height by employing a spiraling ramp and you can visualize the flowering plants (used in the past) all along the ramp to the roof. Ceilings and woodwork are warm brown of Philippine mahogany with the boards following the great curves of the house. It is a two guest bedroom plus master bedroom house with exact views from each window, pie shaped rooms with spectacular specific views.
Tours are limited to groups of 20 at this time. A very interesting home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Weeders had lunch afterwards at Café 56 in Scottsdale.
On March 26 Weeders members attended the Butterfly Garden Opening Celebration at 10:00 a.m. in Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. The Monarch Butterfly Way Station Garden Project is Girl Scout Katie Hartle’s Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the highest honor that a girl can receive in Girl Scouts and recognizes a young woman’s contributions to making a difference within her community.
The Weeders Garden Club meets the second Thursday of each month, September through May, in the Navajo Room at Sun Lakes Country Club in Sun Lakes. Treats and coffee are served beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting is from 10:00 a.m.-noon. There is an interesting speaker and a horticulture presentation each meeting as well as a club money-making raffle, too!
Membership is open to everyone. Although field trips are reserved for members, anyone interested in attending a meeting is welcome. For more information about the club and to see pictures of the activities, please visit the website at http:www.weedersgc.org/home or call the Membership Chairperson Pat Murrish at 480-802-0857 or President Debbie Dunham at 480-802-6813.