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 11, 2018 10am
Welcome Back Luncheon
Kokopelli Restaurant - Gold Canyon Golf Resort

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 10am
Program: Container Gardening Workshop
Location: Gold Canyon Community Church
Agenda: Assemble Container Gardens for Annual Plant Sale
Hostesses: Hospitality Committee
Raffle: Plant Sale Raffle Tickets

Friday, November 2, 2018 9am
Plant Sale Pricing & Preparation at Smiling Dog Landscapes

Saturday, November 3, 2018 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

Friday, November 9, 2018 9:30am
AFGC Central / Eastern District Meeting
Valley Garden Center

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10am
Program: Holiday Floral Designs Workshop
Location: Gold Canyon Community Church, Kings Ranch Rd/Alameda
Special Presenters: Desert Designers Carol Parrott & Mickie Rustad
Hostesses: Hospitality Committee
Raffle: Optional 50/50

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10am
Gold Canyon Garden Club Annual Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange
Location: Montessa Hall
Raffle: Bring a Gift, Get a Gift

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10am
Program: Bee Oasis Field Trip
Location: 2652 E Butte Circle, Mesa, AZ 85213
Special Guest Speaker: Don & Lily

Saturday & Sunday, January 19-20, 2019
Landscape Design School Series II - Course I
Maricopa County Extension Center, Phoenix

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10am
Program: Bird Watching
Location: BTA
Special Guest Speaker: Judy Sink
Hostesses: Picnic Lunch

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Program: Critters
Special Guest Speaker: Tom McDonald
Location: Smiling Dog Landscape
Hostesses: Hospitality Committee

Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, 2019
AFGC Convention & 85th Annual Meeting
Tuscon, AZ

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Program: Field to the Wandering Gardeners Home Garden
Special Guest Speaker: Linda Larson

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Program: Summer Farewell Luncheon
Location: TBD
Agenda: Installation of 2019-2020 Board
Hostesses: Potluck
Raffle: Optional 50/50