Gardening experts have big plans for home show
The next exciting gardening event is the Home & Garden Show this weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday - at the civic center.
After being absent last year from the show, the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma will be back this year with seminars and a plant sale. In case you forgot, their current big project is the restoration of the Sanguinetti House Museum Garden.
The seminars have always been popular and this year is sure to be no exception. Look at this lineup:
Friday at noon - Growing Citrus by Dr. Glenn Wright, associate research scientist, University of Arizona. If you have citrus trees you don't want to miss this. Wright always has a very interesting presentation and if you have questions now is your chance to ask them.
Friday at 2 p.m. - Floral Design by Suzanne Grimes, manager, FortunaFlorist. These floral design demonstrations always remind me of magic - they really do work magic with the flowers - and they make it look so easy.
Saturday at 11 a.m. - Plant Propagation by Don Post, Master Gardener. Don was one of the instructors when I took the Master Gardener class. He's a Moody Garden Maker, too. He does our Web site.
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. - Caring for Young Trees: The Seven Deadly Sins by Tina McKeand, parks development specialist and president of the Arizona Community Tree Council. Tina does a fine job for our seminars. I'm always amazed at her knowledge and her ability to present it to an audience.
Saturday at 2 p.m. - Water in the Garden by Tim Gilliland, teacher and 4-H leader. He did this program for the garden club and it is excellent! Tim is a Moody Garden Maker, too. He and Marlena Parrott designed the Children's Garden.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. - You Can Grow Orchids in Yuma by Pat Huskinson, member, Yuma Orchid Society. I guess I need a front row seat for this seminar. I am dumber than dirt on this subject. First of all, I understand they don't grow in dirt!
See you there!
As I write this on Sunday night I'm still thinking of Dr. Eva Shaw's presentation yesterday at the UA Cooperative Extension Auditorium. I was so pleased to see that everyone seemed to be as enamored with her as I was when I first met her in Tucson last May.
Judging from the sale of her books, "Shovel It: Nature's Health Plan," I'd say she was a huge success. Joe and Eva Shaw donated the books to our fund-raiser.
Once again I'd like to thank the donors for the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden fund-raiser held on Saturday in connection with Shaw's presentation. Without you this event would not have been the success that it was.
So a big thanks to: Tom Rush and the Yuma Investment Group Wealth Management, the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma, Clayton Ebel, Val and John Colvin, Eva and Joe Shaw, Dr. Ned Foss, Clarion Hotel, Jim and Ellen Gardner, David Schuman's Farmers Insurance Group, Judy Miller, Anonymous, Wal-Mart West & Ed Shippen and Associates. We love you all - from the bottom of our Moody Garden hearts! Thanks again!
I also want to thank everyone involved with the garden - The Moody Garden Makers - who helped prepare for this event. Too many to name but please know your time and efforts are appreciated.
For our first fund-raiser it was a big project but through the efforts of many we made a difference. You all are a great team to work with and we had fun, too!
I'm happy to say that Marlena Parrott, our treasurer, reports that the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden is now in a position to continue on with a couple of our projects. The emblem area is currently under way, and plans are being made for the veggie garden and turf area.
Of course, I can't miss this chance to say: "Let's Meet In The Garden" every Tuesday morning from 9 to noon. Come when you can, select a project that pleases you, leave when you need to - but most of all enjoy the garden.
Thought for the day: Even if your task is to walk around a public garden or the park, you'll experience a feeling of accomplishment. - Eva Shaw, "Shovel It: Nature's Health Plan" page 37
Ellen Gardner, a Master Gardener who writes this column for the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma, can be reached at 343-4020 or at email@example.com.