Desert Pointe Garden Club

Located at: 5001 E Cheyenne Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85044

Our mission is to add beauty to our homes and community through developing local gardens with a thoughtful choice of plants.  We will inspire others to help protect and maintain the natural bounty surrounding us.  We continue to add to and share our knowledge through club presentations and our local community activities.

Desert Pointe Garden Club of Ahwatukee, Arizona meets at 9:00 AM on the first Monday of each month at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center or at various members’ homes.

Meetings are held from September through May and include presentations by local experts in the landscape and horticulture fields.

For further information contact Sandy at 480-759-4407 or e-mail

President: Leta Searcy

1st Vice President: Joan Smith
2nd Vice President: Marilyn Astroth
Recording Secretary: Sandy Everett
Treasurer: Judy Barrett

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– 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 2018-19 theme is Pop Goes the Seed. State winners go on to regional and national competition.  The 2017-2018 state poetry winner was Jacob W, a first grade student at Summit School in Ahwatukee.  Lila F, also of Summit School, was the state and regional poetry winner for 2016-2017.

– 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 Impact of Bottled Water on the Environment and the Water Supply.  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.  Click supplies above to see the needed items.

– Garden Renewal for Homes Serving Adults with Disabilities  – Over a period of two years, beginning in 2016, the club landscaped the front and back yards of a group home in south Tempe owned by TCH, a non-profit organization that provides training, jobs, and housing for adults with developmental disabilities. We will continue periodic maintenance at that site and begin work on a second TCH home located in Ahwatukee in the fall of 2018.

-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.


The Desert Pointe Garden Club (DPGC) was organized by a small group of Ahwatukee residents in 1995.  We are a member of the Central District of the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs (AFGC), the Pacific Region of NGC, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. As a 501c3 charitable organization, we are dedicated to friendship and community service. All proceeds from fundraising events are used for charitable purposes.


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