August gardening news

At The Arboretum
Perseid Meteor Shower Campout
12 August, 2016 – 13 August, 2016 | 4pm – 9am
$30 Member/$35 Public/ $20 Tent Rental

Join us for a spectacular night under the meteors and enjoy the opportunity to camp out on our grounds! Set up camp at 4pm, spend the night enjoying the stars and meteor shower with other families through the lens of Lowell Observatory’s telescopes!

Mushroom Festival
19 August, 2016 – 20 August, 2016 | 5pm – 8pm | 9am-11am
Member Tickets Open July 13

Love mushrooms? We do, too! Find out the very important ways of identifying safe and unsafe mushrooms in Northern Arizona. Partake in a delicious sampling of mushroom appetizers provided by the head chef at Criollo Latin Kitchen on the evening of August 19th at the Arboretum, and then participate on a guided foray in Flagstaff the next day, August 20th and gather mushrooms for your own delicious meals.
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Propagating native plants
The Arizona Native Plant Society, Flagstaff chapter, will host Nigel Sparks as he talks about Native Plant Propagation Techniques at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, at the Pearson Building on the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Research Campus, across from the main campus off HWY 180.
Description: The use of native plants for landscaping is beneficial to pollinators and birds. Native plants are used to the extremes in environment here in Northern Arizona and use fewer fertilizers and water to grow. Nigel will explain how to propagate native plants from both seed and cuttings. He will also explain how to choose a plant that will survive in different types of soils and microenvironments found in the area around Flagstaff. Speaker Bio: Nigel Sparks is the owner of Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed here in Flagstaff. He has extensive experience in propagation and landscaping with native plants.
Walk Date: 8:30 am, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
Walk Leader: Susan Lamb
Destination: Walk to Skunk Canyon, Walnut Canyon Study Area, Coconino National Forest
Walk Description: On our walk of about three miles round-trip to Skunk Canyon, we will see plant communities in a number of microclimates created by different soils and solar aspects. We will walk on unimproved trails and disused Forest Service roads, so be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and for short stretches up- and downhill.
Logistics: Our walk will begin on private land just off Lake Mary Road. Meet to carpool or to follow the lead car at 8:30 am on Saturday, August 20, at the OneAZ Credit Union, 321 South Beaver (corner of Beaver and Butler). Be prepared for warm and/or rainy weather with sun protection and water. Trail snacks recommended.
Writer/naturalist Susan Lamb keeps an almanac of over 200 plants that flower along the route of our walk
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