Gardeners Exchange

Zann Wilson

The Gardeners Exchange, in conjunction with SaddleBrooke and the SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners, invites you to attend “The Sting of the Wild: stinging insects are beautiful (and mostly our friends)” program, presented by Dr. Justin Schmidt, UA entomologist and world expert on stinging insects. Be sure to bring cash to purchase his book, The Sting of the Wild.

The program will be held at the SaddleBrooke Ranch Sol Ballroom on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy the cool indoors and be amazed by a safari trip to the world of stinging insects that reveals their beauty and fascinating biology. With stories and song, Dr. Schmidt will explain why we are mostly unnecessarily afraid of stinging insects and how understanding them not only enhances our lives but gives us an appreciation of their important roles in nature.

Growing up in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania, Dr. Schmidt studied in British Columbia, Georgia, New Brunswick and finally chose the best region of the U.S., the desert southwest of Arizona. The Tucson area is home to a great variety of beautiful insects, the most fascinating of which are the stinging insects. For the more than 40 years he has resided in Tucson, his research has produced more than 200 scientific publications, culminating in his pride and joy, The Sting of the Wild.

All residents of SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch are encouraged to attend. No registration is required to this open-seating event. For more information, contact Zann Wilson at [email protected] or 219-263-3261.