November 1, Sunday, 2pm. Join outdoorsman Dick Griffith for a presentation on his 250-mile trek along the coast from Glacier Bay to Copper River. Points of interest along the way are Lituya Bay and the crossing of LaPerouse Glacier. At the Eagle River Nature Center. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
November 2, Monday, 7:30pm. Alaska Native Plant Society meeting. Insect Gall Ecology with naturalist Dominique Collet, author of Insects of Southcentral Alaska. A program on the relationship between willows, gall insects and their parasites. At the Campbell Creek Science Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
November 3, Tuesday, 10:30am. Valley Garden Club meeting. Le Ellen Baker will show photos from her visit to Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C. The meeting is followed by a potluck lunch. At the Old Catholic Church on Bogard Road in Wasilla. Call Fran at 745-7676 for more info.
November 3, Tuesday, 6:30pm. North Root Big Lake Gardeners. Rain Gardens and Virgin Veggie Gardeners. Catherine Inman, the Program Manager for the Wasilla Soil & Water Conservation District will talk about Rain Gardens. This should prove to be a very interesting opportunity to see how these gardens operate and why we should be interested in them. Linda Lockhart has put together a short slide presentation about how she did her veggie garden this year. From clearing the space to harvesting the last potatoes, it will all be here. Call Linda Lockhart for more info, 892-8119.
November 3 , Tuesday, 7pm. Central Peninsula Garden Club monthly meeting. Orchards and More Orchards, presented by Dwight Bradley of Bradley Orchards in Chugiak. The program includes the amazing history of the apple, recommended varieties, rootstocks, grafting, orchard layout, pest and disease controls, pruning, taste-testing results, and lessons learned the hard way. Find out more about our local "no-apple" summer. At the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Bldg., on K-Beach Rd in Kenai. Open to the public. Refreshments, sometime door prizes. Contact Marion Nelson at email@example.com for more info.
November 5 , Thursday, 7pm. New & Greatest Plants presented by Jaime Rodriguez . The Anchorage Garden Club monthly meeting at the Pioneer School House basement, corner of Third Avenue and Eagle Street. Call the AGC hotline for program information, 566-0539.
November 12, Thursday, 10am–noon. Wildflower Garden Club meeting, A Facelift for the Older Garden presented by Rita Jo Shoultz of Fritz Creek Gardens in Homer. Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova St., Anchorage.
November 13, Friday, 8:30am-noon. Gardeners are invited to the Friday morning forum of the Alaska Farm Bureau annual meeting. Presentations include Chicken University, learn to raise chickens in your backyard presented by CES agent Steve Brown, Growing Apples in Alaska presented by grower Dan Elliott and Preserving Your Harvest presented by CES home economist Leslie Shallcross. At the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage. $20 registration or $30 including lunch. You can register online here or contact Jane Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-895-4752.
November 15, Sunday, 2pm. Winter Survival in the Animal World Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker will present this program about winter adaptations in the animal world. Learn about the myriad of changes that animals undergo, ranging from behavioral to physiological changes such as torpor and hibernation. At the Eagle River Nature Center. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
November 16, Monday. 7– 9pm. Anchorage Master Gardener Association meeting. Winter Time for Gardeners: Dreams, Schemes & Plan Ahead. MGs share their favorite catalogs and nursery websites. Held at Cooperative Extension Service, 2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. For information call 786-6300.
November 17-18, Tuesday - Wednesday. 49th Annual Holiday Flower Show presented by the Anchorage Garden Club. In the lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank building at No. Lts and C St.
November 18, Wednesday, 6pm. TREErific meeting. Michael Rasy, IPM technician with the Cooperative Extension Service, fills us in on the latest findings in tree diseases and pests that infect them. Held at Anchorage Sr. Center at 1300 E 19th. Email TREErificAnchorage@yahoo.com or call Nancy Beardsley at 343-4288 for more info.
November 18, Wednesday, 7pm. The Bottom of the Food Chain at the Top of the World Fireside chat series at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Listen to a timely tale about science in real life. Call 267-1247 for more info.
November 21, Saturday, 2pm. Alaska Rock Garden Society monthly meeting. Plants on the edge. A floristic inventory of the Bering Glacier Region, presented by Marilyn Barker. Barker has been studying the flora of the large receding glacier located between Cordova and Skagway with surprising results. In Anchorage at the Cooperative Extension Service, 2221 E. No Lts.
November 22, Sunday, 2pm. Photographing the colors of winter. Photographer Roy Corral will discuss the challenges of winter photography, including tips and techniques about shooting in snowy, cold conditions; taking care of photographic equipment in sub-zero weather; and shooting in the dark and shooting the aurora. At the Eagle River Nature Center. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
November 22, Sunday, 2pm. Homer Garden Club monthly meeting. Member Neil Wagner, who recently attended a conference on Permaculture, will give a presentation on the ecological design system for sustainability. At the Best Western Bidarka Inn conference room. Contact Neil Wagner at email@example.com or 235-6953 for more info.
November 26, Thursday. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
November 29, Sunday, 2pm. Biologist Bill Streever, bestselling author of Cold, will talk about all things cold, from hibernating ground squirrels to frozen humans to absolute zero. The New York Times called Cold "a love song to science and scientists, to Earth and everything that lives on and flies over and tunnels under it." At the Eagle River Nature Center. Free program; $5 parking for non-members.
GARDEN CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS
NOTE: Please check websites and contacts to confirm meetings.
Alaska Native Plant Society: First Monday of each month October through May, at 7:30pm. At the Campbell Creek Science Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Valley Garden Club: First Tuesday at 10:30am at the Old Catholic Church on Bogard Road. A short business meeting and an education program followed by a potluck lunch. It is a great time to catch up on all the gardening events and happenings in the Valley. All are welcome. Contact email@example.com for more info.
North Root Big Lake Gardeners: First Tuesday, 6:30pm. At the Big Lake Library. Everyone is welcome. Call Linda Lockhart for more info, 892-8119.
Central Peninsula Garden Club: First Tuesday at 7pm at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Bldg., K-Beach Road. Everyone welcome. Contact Marion Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchorage Garden Club: First Thursday at 7pm at Pioneer School House basement, corner of Third Avenue and Eagle Street. Call the AGC hotline for program information, 566-0539.
Alaska Rose Society: Second Tuesday at 7pm. During the summer, we conduct outdoor workshops, take field trips and visit gardens. Locations vary, depending on the activity. Visitors and guests are welcome to all our summer activities. During the winter, education programs are presented at each meeting. Our meetings and educational programs are open to the public - visitors and guests are always welcome. Our winter meetings are usually held at the Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street, on the corner of W. 15th Avenue and Cordova Street. Contact email@example.com for info.
CANWIN (Citizen's Against Noxious Weeds Invading the North.) NOTE: Day of week and time have changed. Second Wednesday, 3-4:30pm, at the BLM’s Anchorage Field Office, 4700 BLM Road. (Another note: the street address has changed but it is still the same location.) E-mail or call Lori Zaumseil at AKCANWIN@aol.com, or call 245-2373 for more details.
Alaska Master Gardeners: Third Monday at 7 PM at UAF Cooperative Extension Service, 2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Summer meetings are field trips. 786-6300 for info.
Willow Garden Club: Third Thursday at 7 PM, Willow Community Center.
Alaska Rock Garden Society: Third Saturday at 2pm, September through March. Meetings alternate between Anchorage and Palmer. Anchorage contact, 522-3490; Wasilla contact, 1-907-357-2747. Call to find out meeting location and program.
Alaska Orchid Society: Fourth Tuesday at 7:30pm at Central Lutheran Church at the corner of 15th Ave.and Cordova St. Show and tell of orchid plants. Free and open to public.
Homer Garden Club: Fourth Sunday at 2pm. at the Best Western Bidarka Inn conference room. The public is welcome. Contact Neil Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 235-6953 for more info.