2020 Fall Club Activities

Greenhouse Manager Louise Pierce shows off the new hose storage reels installed by each of the hose bibs outside the greenhouse. These decorative reels were donated by Louise.

Getting his hands deep into the mixing tub, Tom Cavanagh mixes another batch of the club’s special cactus soil mix. The formula for this mix included commercial cactus dirt plus pumice and gypsum.

After making an appointment, two ladies check out the smaller plants. The number of people in the area was limited to ten or fewer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mike Anderson loads a tub of Beavertail cactus cuttings into his van. The president of an HOA near Echo Mesa Golf Course invited our harvesting crew to salvage several cuttings including some Blue Steel Agave pups and several pieces of Eve’s Needle.

Club member Linny Thompson checks in with president Kathy Church before shopping for new plants. Linny found two pots of Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) to take home.

Desert Garden Club member Glenn Landis combines the three parts of the special planting soil mixture. Prior to this activity, he used a diamond-tipped drill bit to bore drainage holes in several decorative pots.

Erv Johnson and Sid Lundquist work on getting the materials together to mix the club’s special cactus soil. These two, plus Tom Cavanagh, spent nearly every Tuesday and Thursday morning potting up the larger plant cuttings.

A Sun City West resident shops for some Moroccan Mound plants. To control the spread of COVID-19, the plant sales were limited to SCW residents only. They had to register their Recreation Card numbers which were recorded for contact tracing if necessary.