The Gardeners Exchange to meet September 21

The Gardeners Exchange of SaddleBrooke Ranch welcomes Dave Morris, plant scientist and volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, to speak on “The Curandero Trail” on Wednesday, September 21, at La Hacienda Club, SaddleBrooke Ranch, at 1:00 p.m.

Dave, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, lives in Arizona City. As a retired museum aide from the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Dave now offers programs and leads hikes featuring archeology, ethnobotany and Native American history. He exhibits in area art shows with modern versions of petroglyph rock pieces and hand painted gourds. His educational and entertaining talk examines the plants of the Sonoran Desert used by the native peoples for food, medicine and spiritual needs. Learn about the adaptations of desert plants and the biology that makes them useful. Plan to stay after and look over some of Dave’s art, which will be available for sale.

The Gardeners Exchange is dedicated to providing horticultural information for desert gardeners. Bring your questions, bring your answers, bring your garden challenges, bring your excess plants to share. All are welcome. Open seating; no registration required. For more information please contact Zann Wilson at [email protected] or 219-263-3261.