Founded in 

December 1998


42 Members

Annual Dues



Second Tuesday of 

each month except

June, July, and August


Locations Vary

History of the Gold Canyon Garden Club

By Mary Jo Bitman

In October of 1998, a group of creative, enthusiastic and caring women had their first meeting of the Gold Canyon Garden Club.  The stated purpose of the Club was, “to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening and to promote civic beautification and a conservation of natural resources.”  These goals remain the same today and many charter members of that 1998 meeting remain active as well. 

Shortly thereafter, the Club become affiliated with the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs.

In 1999, Pinal County Supervisor Sandie Smith asked the Club to become involved in the coordination and building of the planned Dinosaur Park adjacent to the Gold Canyon Elementary School. Charter members were able to secure donated land to erect a butterfly garden through the support and generosity of the business and residential community and the local and County governments.  This ‘labor of love’ could not have succeeded without the ‘sweat equity’ of the business and local communities and the members as well.

At present, the garden has over 50 varieties of native and desert adapted plants which attract over 400 species of butterflies each year.  Thus, the Garden is among 33,000 national sites certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an official Backaryd Wildlife Habitat Site supporting biological diversity and wildlife.

 To date, the Club has 42 members from all over the country.  One of the benefits of membership is the knowledge gained to successfully garden in the desert.  Field trips to such Arizona highlights as Olive Mill, the Phoenix Zoo gardens and the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum are a wonderful fringe benefit.  Monthly meetings with such a caring, fun and dedicated group of men and women has resulted in many hours of enjoyment, as well as lasting friendships.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10am
Welcome Back Luncheon
Kokopelli Restaurant - Gold Canyon Golf Resort

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10am
Program: District Meeting and Plant Sale Prep
Location: Gold Canyon Community Church (courtyard)
Raffle: Plant Sale Raffle Tickets

Friday, November 8, 2019 10am
AFGC Central / Eastern District Meeting
Special Agriscaping Presentation
Gold Canyon Golf Resort

Friday, November 15, 2019 9am
Plant Sale Pricing & Preparation at Smiling Dog Landscapes

Saturday, November 16, 2019 8am-11am
Gold Canyon Garden Club Annual Plant Sale & Raffle
Parking Lot of United Methodist Church - Kings Ranch Road

Gold Canyon Garden Club Fall Clean-Up and Planting
Butterfly Garden at Dinosaur Park

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10am
Gold Canyon Garden Club Annual Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange
Location: Methodist Church Mission Center (Esther Room)
Raffle: Bring a Gift, Get a Gift

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10am
Program: A.D.O.B.E. Presentation
Location: Methodist Church Mission Center (Martha Room)
50/50 Raffle

Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26, 2020
Landscape Design School Series II - Course II
Maricopa County Extension Center, Phoenix

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10am
Program: Lavender, Growing and Harvesting
Special Guest Speaker: Elaine Webber
Location: Methodist Chuch Mission Center (Martha Room)
50/50 Raffle

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Program: Wildflowers
Location: Methodist Church Mission Center (Martha Room)
50/50 Raffle

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Program: Wallace Garden Tour
Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Club Member Picnic Lunch

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Program: Summer Farewell Luncheon
Location: Home of Janie Montgomery