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The Verde Valley Experience

Featuring KSB Native Plant Workshop


What a wonderful day!  The weather was perfect, the temperature in the low 70s and full sunshine.  We had over 125 registrants who came to learn from our esteemed speakers; comments ranged from excellent to fabulous to great and super!  The President of Keep Sedona Beautiful, Joanne Kendrick, briefly explained the various programs that KSB promotes. This was also the day that we honored the late Phyllis Lindberg with the 10th Norman B. Herkenham Award which was accepted by her husband, Paul Lindberg.  


Phyllis educated people about local plants for many years on Sedona Westerners hikes, Red Rock State Park nature walks, OLLI classes, and through the annual wildflower displays at the Sedona Public Library and the Red Rock Ranger Station.  (Despite her passing, the displays have continued through the efforts of friends that she mentored).  Phyllis created a herbarium at Red Rock State Park as well as several sets of notebooks filled with her photos and identification notes that are still used today by many people.   Her tireless dedication and enthusiasm for plants certainly are why we recognized Phyllis Lindberg’s contribution to the furthering of education about native plants with this plaque. 

In addition to a personal plaque, her name is on the larger plaque with the names of all the Herkenham award recipients on display at the Pushmataha Center

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2016 DenaGreenwoodOur first keynote speaker Dena Greenwood captured the audience with her wonderful slides as she talked about The Ecological Interrelationships between Insects and Birds in Your Garden“.  She explained which native plants would bring in the birds and bugs to your landscape and how much the natives meant to those same birds.  She suggested that if you found a horned tomato worm to move him over to your bird feeder as many birds need insects for the protein in the diet, not just the grains.

We then broke out for our hour-long workshops which covered everything from native plants with a demonstration, a walkabout, wildflowers, grasses, sustainable home landscaping and creating landscapes that water themselves.  Returning to the cafeteria, lunch was served compliments of Wildflower Bread Company along with apples from Weber’s IGA.  

This year, the second keynote speaker started while the attendees finished their lunches which allowed us to end the program at 2 pm which had been requested on last year’s evaluations.  Jeff Schalau kept things moving by lecturing on “Native and Drought-Adapted Trees: Best Practices for Success”.  He reminded us that if your trees have been staked to be sure and remove the tape, wire or whatever that could be constricting your tree causing girdling and eventually killing your tree!  He clarified that compost goes in the ground and mulching is on top of the ground; no fertilization is needed for native trees.

After one more hour long session with all six workshops being repeated, our program was complete.  The winning bidders were able to take home their prizes which ranged from pots to plants to consultations and landscape decorations.  Again, a big thank you to our donors, all companies that can provide for your landscape needs:  the Hummingbird Society, Jay’s Bird Barn, ProBuild, Sedona Ace Hardware, Verde River Growers, Village Ace Hardware & Supply, Villegas Landscape and Windmill Gardens.

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A huge thank you to the committee which logs in over 800 hours to bring you this “excellent” event.   An additional thank you goes out to Dave Norton for the slide show.   

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Back row:  Barbara Saul, Nancy Spinelli, Bill Preeg and Rich Spinelli; Front row:  Lisa Preeg, Susan Murrill, Michelle Snyder and Sarah Rowley.  Missing from this picture is Cat Anderson, Georgia Munsell, Gerry Snyder and extra helpers David Murrill, Garry Neil and Paul Ward.


Keynote Speakers:

Dena Greenwood:  The Ecological Interrelationships between Insects and Birds in Your Garden

Jeff Schalau:  Native and Drought-Adapted Trees: Best Practices for Success


Workshop Presenters:

1.   Sue Smith:  Wildflowers in the Home Landscape  

2.   Shaun Symond:  Selecting and Planting Native Plants with Demonstration

3.   Chris Anderson:  Creating Landscapes That Water Themselves

4.   Kevin Harding:  Walkabout Identifying Native Plants and Their Uses

5.   Max Licher Have No Fear of Grass!

                          An Introduction to the Importance, Beauty & Amazing Diversity of Grasses

6.   Hattie Braun:  Landscape for Life: A New Approach to Sustainable Home Landscaping


Advance tickets were $25 for KSB members and $35 for the general public. Tickets purchased at the event were $35 for KSB members and $45 for the general public.  

For that low price, each attendee received breakfast savories (compliments of Weber’s IGA), coffee and tea, the two keynote speakers, the choice of two hour-long workshops from the six offered, lunch (sandwiches donated by Wildflower Bread Company) and the Silent Auction with items donated by the community. Kinetico supplied water stations. Attendees brought their own mugs and/or water bottles to help make this a “zero-waste event”. Sedona Recycles brought their bins to help us recycle or compost our waste.


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Jay’s Bird Barn and Verde River Growers were there with various items for sale which enhanced the experience.  People 

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were able to stop and talk with the experts.




Please thank all these merchants as well as our business sponsors for their support.  Our silent auction donors were all companies that can provide for your landscape needs:  the Hummingbird Society, Jay’s Bird Barn, ProBuild, Sedona Ace Hardware, Verde River Growers, Village Ace Hardware & Supply, Villegas Landscape and Windmill Gardens.


Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers,

is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment

of the Greater Sedona Area.