Upper Gila

The Upper Gila Chapter, established in 2020, is the newest chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society. We serve Graham and Greenlee Counties.

Chapter Meetings & Events

We are currently planning our initial events. More information coming soon!


Join our virtual community!

To stay up to date on our meetings and other activities, please request to be added to our email list. We also invite you join our chapter’s private Facebook group.


Native Plants for Sale

Our partner, the Gila Native Plant Nursery, is a fantastic source for plants native to Graham and Greenlee Counties, as well as elsewhere in Arizona.


Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Kara Barron Chapter President [email protected]
Diane Drobka Vice-President
Clara Gauna Co-Secretary
Julie Plath Co-Secretary
Julie Davis Treasurer

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? We've got just the thing!

To learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Chapter News

Join Us for Monthly Meetings at EAC Campus

Posted on Feb 13, 2023

Upper Gila Chapter

3rd Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.

Eastern Arizona College

Discovery Park Campus

1651 W. Discovery Park Blvd.
Safford, AZ  85546

The address will get you as far as the parking lot and main building, but to get to the meeting in the southern building you drive a route that’s posted for personnel only so hopefully this map helps. It’s possible to park in the main lot shown and walk to the building but much nicer to drive the whole way.

Meeting location at Eastern AZ College, Discovery Park Campus

June Plant of the Month

Posted on Jun 14, 2020

Each month, we highlight a different native plant so we can all get to know it better. The votes are in, and this month’s plant is Arizona milkweed (Asclepias angustifolia).

This particular milkweed, if in a happy spot, can bloom 6 to 8 months out of the year. So it’s not only a great Monarch host plant, but a great pollinator plant as well!

If you’d like to add Arizona milkweed to your landscape, we suggest planting it during a rainy monsoon season or in the fall.


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