Moody Garden Club

Located at: 2200 West 28th Street, Yuma AZ

The goal of the Moody Garden Club is to provide for the care and growing of the U. of A. Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden. The go-to our website click here

The Moody Garden Club meets, to work at 9:00 AM in the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden every Tuesday morning, with a business meeting the last Tuesday of the month and we say: “Come when you can, select a project that pleases you,  leave when you need to but most of all enjoy the garden.”

President: LeAnn Bird
Vice President: LeAnn Bird
Recording Secretary: Karen Bowen
Corresponding Secretary: Kathy Biver
Treasurer: Cathy WilsonShill
Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Christiansen

Fall Plant Sale – Member-grown plants and other garden-related items are for sale.

Art in the Garden – An annual event where local artists (adult and youth) create a piece of art in the garden and sell their completed artwork, as well. The public strolls through the garden, viewing the artists at work, and votes for their favorite artist. Awards are given to the artists in
several categories. Other Western District garden clubs also sell plants and garden-related items at the event.

Children’s Plant Days (2) – will give children opportunities to tour Moody Garden and participate in a gardening project that will plant one of our raised vegetable beds and plant an herb or vegetable to take home and grow. There will be a fall and spring plant day.
Girl Scouts will participate in gardening activities at Moody Garden to allow them to earn a Girl Scout patch.

The Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden began in 1993 when the U of A Cooperative Extension Agent, Don Howell, suggested an unused area adjacent to the newly-built Public Health Dept. building be used as a demonstration garden.

The plot of land was 1.7 acres, and groundbreaking for the demonstration garden was held May 6, 1996. By 1998, a new Cooperative Extension Agent was hired, Dr. Barry Bequette, and a sidewalk around the perimeter of the garden was built. In 2000, Yuma County donated $10,000,
with the U of A and the City of Yuma matching the funds, to provide signage in the garden.

In 2001, the official name for the garden was chosen to honor long-time County Extension Agent, Robert J. Moody. The garden was named the “Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden”. The goal of the garden was to provide the public with information as to what plants could be grown successfully in Yuma, with each plant labeled with its scientific and common names.

The garden was divided into sections showing various types of plants: Children’s Garden, Herb Garden, Xeriscape Garden, Native Plants Garden, Tropical Garden, Vegetable Garden, Agave Garden, Cactus Garden and Cultivated Garden.

Yuma’s Rotary Clubs donated have funds throughout the garden’s existence, as well as members of the community. The storage trailer was donated by the U of A Cooperative Extension Service, and the red barn was donated by Frank and Pat Cooper. Hank Czakowski donated the five trash barrels located around the looping sidewalk, flagstone was donated by Laryl Hancock and the wooden “Charlie’s Bench” was donated by Bowman Landscaping.

In 2003, the Robert J. Moody family donated their family’s John Deere tractor to the garden. It was placed in the Children’s Garden area and is a favorite for children to climb aboard and “drive”.

In 2005, a new garden club was formed to tend the garden and was called Moody Garden Makers. The first slate of officers were: President- Ellen Gardner, Treasurer – Marlena Parrott, Recording Secretary – Judy Miller, and Corresponding Secretary – Marianne Newton.

In 2006, an ice cream social was held by the club to celebrate the garden’s completion. At the event, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lizard, a large sculpture, was dedicated. The lizard was created by local artist, Myra Saylor. The U of A emblem resting at the entrance to the garden was also dedicated
at the social.

In 2006, Moody Makers Garden Club also became a member of Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs and changed its name to MGM Garden Club.

Throughout its history, the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden has had a working partnership with the University of Arizona. Members of MGM Garden Club continue to maintain the garden and sponsor educational and recreational events for the public to enjoy.

Sundrops – Judy Miller

Trichocereus cactus – Georgia Bolton

Olive tree – Stacey Bealmear-Jones

‘Anna’ apple tree – Gail Beeler

Honeysuckle – Michal Graber

Other Items honoring garden club members include:

Cement Tortoise – Judy Miller

Metal butterfly sculpture – Willene Calvert

John Deere Tractor – Robert J. Moody

Metal Flower Garden – Sharon Jessup