Here are two excellent upcoming April events presented by the AZNPS (Flagstaff Chapter). Hope to see you at the Tuesday presentation and/or at the Sundayfield trip.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Presentation: Susan Lamb Bean and Dan Stewart
“Habitat Profiles - A Project Under Development for The Arboretum at Flagstaff”
Every site in Flagstaff offers its gardener unique opportunities and challenges. Each has its own combination of high and low temperatures, degree of slope, aspect toward the sun, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and soil. The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the National Weather Service at Bellemont are creating tools for a gardener to use in evaluating the potential of a site. Based on new climate maps illustrating microclimates in the greater Flagstaff area, Habitat Profiles will provide basic how-tos and worksheets for mapping and planning local gardens. The evening’s program will present preliminary versions of the maps and worksheets and invite suggestions to improve them.
Presenters: Susan Lamb has been gardening in the Flagstaff area for twenty years and would love to have had a resource like “Habitat Profiles” from the beginning. A local naturalist, she writes books on the natural and human history of the American West and keeps an almanac of close to 200 species of Flagstaff area wildflowers. Susan is a member of the Arizona Native Plant Society and serves on the Board of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.
Dan Stewart has held an interest in weather and climate since childhood in the wind-beaten plains of Oklahoma, making the chance to work on “Habitat Profiles” a fun (if sometimes challenging) project. He is currently interning at the National Weather Center in Bellemont and will be starting his graduate career at Northern Arizona University this fall.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Field Trip: Susan Lamb Bean and Dan Stewart
Field trip to a recently-completed LEED gold certified home where we will test Habitat Profiles on-site. Meet in the Arizona State Credit Union parking lot, 321 South Beaver Street (corner of South Beaver and Butler) at9:00 am to carpool to the site. Plan on spending about two hours. Directions to the home will be provided at that time.