|History of the Gold Canyon Garden Club|
By Mary Jo Bitman
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.
thereafter, the Club become affiliated with the Arizona Federation of
Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs.
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.
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.
date, the Club has 35 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.