April 2001 Newsletter
The April meeting will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 am. It will be held at Dom & Lydia D.'s pond located in Scottsdale. Dom and Lydia joined the GPPS in 1997 to get some ideas because they didn't know exactly what they wanted in a pond. What a great education they received! They learned about not making a pond too small or too big. They learned about depth and materials and maintenance. Then they started on a plan. After about 1 year of planning, Dom started breaking ground, only to be interrupted by a family member becoming seriously ill. The plans went on hold for nearly two years. Weeds grew 3 feet high inside the hole in the ground. In spite of what they learned about making a pond the right size, Dom found the project was too big to tackle alone. So he contracted his friend Dave to complete the dream pond. Dave did a great job and they are still friends! There are about 50 feet of ponds, interlocking streams and a waterfall and the pond holds about 5500 gallons. The construction is done in a concrete rock creation. Dom is landscaping and now they find that the pond is just the right size!
Laurie R. demonstrated how to repot and divide aquatic
plants at the February 2000 meeting and it was great! She has graciously
agreed to help us again at this meeting. After seeing Laurie in action,
everyone will be anxious to go home and get to work on their own plants!
Be sure to bring any plants you don't know how to divide. Don't forget
your lawn chairs and also any plants to share.
MARCH MEETING REVIEW
Our weather luck held out again! It rained early
in the morning, but stopped about 6:00 am and was dry for the meeting.
It was cool in the shade and when the clouds covered the sun, but it was
a beautiful morning. We even had three Harris hawks circle overhead and
a pair of kestrals feeding in a nearby tree! Larry and Shirley S. have
a huge backyard ? we held our meeting in the grassy "north 40"! Larry is
currently using about 2/3 of the original pond. Part of the reason for
having the meeting at his house was to get some input on his green pond
water! After the meeting was opened, Brad J. explained that Emily A., the
newsletter editor, would like to compile a "Pond To Do List" for the Sonoran
Desert area. Anyone with items for the list are asked to email or contact
Emily. Brad also talked about the message board and answered questions
regarding it. He gave a prize to Janet S. as a reward for having checked
the message board the morning before the meeting. (It pays to use the message
board!!!) It was announced that Harper's Nursery had invited us to participate
in their Mesa Gardening Fair on April 7. Volunteers were asked to see Dianne
after the meeting. The meeting was turned over to the host, Larry S., who
gave us a history of his property and asked for help in identifying the
vegetation. The meeting was then turned over to Shannon McMorran from Tetra
Pond. She gave a demonstration and discussed fish food, talked about UV
filters, answered questions from the members and handed out literature.
The meeting ended and we had a good selection of plants to share.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Philip & Sandy B. ? Phoenix
Terri Lester C. ? Glendale
William & Gail R. ? Scottsdale
David & Amy S. - Scottsdale
POND TOUR 2001 UPDATE
The pond tour will be in the Phoenix area with 6
ponds on the tour. It will be held from 8 am until 4 pm. Sincere thanks
go to everyone that volunteered their pond. Tickets will be sold at the
three Harper's Nurseries in Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix and at Baker Nursery
also in Phoenix. A vote was taken at the March meeting to determine which
of four organizations would receive a portion of the proceeds. The choices
were: Arizona Science Center, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Hassayampa Nature
Conservancy and Liberty Wildlife. A discussion followed, then a hand vote
and Boyce Thompson was chosen. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas for
the upcoming tour, please be sure to contact Dianne.
LAST NEWSLETTER IF 2001 DUES NOT PAID
The next newsletter will only be mailed to members
that are current on 2001 dues. We would hate to lose you, so if you have
not paid your dues, please mail them to Ed T. or bring them to the April
meeting. Remember that your dues entitle you to the monthly meetings, newsletters,
admission to the pond tour and our famous plant swap!
TEMPE GARDEN CLUB TOUR ? SATURDAY, APRIL 21
One of our long-time members, Cathy W., has again
organized the annual Garden Lovers Tour by the Tempe Garden Club. It will
be on Saturday, April 21 from 8am to 3pm and tickets are $5.00 per person.
There will be five gardens on the tour and they are all located between
Elliot and Warner Roads and west of Rural. Tickets will be available on
the day of the tour beginning at 7am at the Home Depot Garden Center at
Warner and Kyrene Roads. Proceeds will be donated to the construction of
a gazebo on the north shore of the Tempe Town Lake. Should be a beautiful
day for a garden tour!!