– Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) Garden Maintenance: DPGC members assist the ARC maintenance department with the planning and design of the landscaping. Club members consult, plant, and maintain the gardens and beds of this Adult-Only Community Center. The butterfly garden was added in the fall of 2011.
– Development and Maintenance of the Blue Star Memorial at 48th Street and Warner Road: Club members maintain the memorial site and new commemorative pavers are added each spring and fall to honor family members or friends who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pavers are inspected regularly for sun damage and worn pavers are replaced. Click here for an order form for the pavers.
– Annual Poetry Contest for Local Ahwatukee Elementary and Middle School Students: DPGC members encourage first through eight grade students at local Ahwatukee elementary and middle schools to participate in the Arizona Federation of Garden Club’s poetry contest. The 2019-20 theme is Adventures in the Garden.. State winners go on to regional and national competition. The Club’s entrants are frequent winners both state-wide and regionally.
– DPGC members also encourage local Ahwatukee high school students to participate in the Arizona Federation of Garden Club’s essay contest. The 2018-19 theme is Challenges in Preserving our Natural Habitat. State winners go on to regional and national competitions.
– Treasures 4 Teachers: Desert Pointe Garden Club supports “Treasures 4 Teachers” by collecting supplies at meetings and maintaining a collection box at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC). Members bring in items that teachers can use in their classrooms to support hands-on-learning through craft projects and experiments.
– Garden Renewal for Homes Serving Adults with Disabilities – Since 2016 the club has landscaped the front and back yards of two group homes, one in south Tempe and one in Ahwatukee, both owned by TCH, a non-profit organization that provides training, jobs, and housing for adults with developmental disabilities. We removed diseased trees, cut back overgrowth, planted new trees and shrubs and continue to trim, weed, and plant flowering annuals and vegetables at both homes.
-Penny Pines – The Club makes an annual donation in support of the National Garden Club’s Penny Pines program to help reforest areas damaged by forest fires or other natural disasters.