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Items of interest to club members

Fourth of July Parade

The AVGC Fourth of July float included not only flowers, but also javelina, deer and bunnies munching on the garden. Snakes and lizards, along with a coyote and quail family represented the wildlife of our highland environment. The rocks were created out of plaster cloth placed on rocks in Christine and Dianne’s gardens. Christine painted them to look …

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Topiary

Gardeners interested in topiary practice an ancient art dating back to Roman times. By selecting an evergreen with small leaves or needles and dense foliage, the gardener’s shears transform plants into geometric or other recognizable forms. Some Japanese gardeners prune forms into cloud shapes. The selection of boxwood traditionally created pottages, mazes, spheres and hedges …

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Mulches Compared

Yavapai County Extension Service reiterates the benefits of mulch and compares various mulch media for flammability and several other qualities.

Highlands Center Day Out

“Have you ever seen a sky so blue?” asked Ann as we were assembling for the tour of the Highland Center on Monday the sixteenth of November.  Even by Prescott’s high standards for blue skies, this one was deep blue.  The temperature, as she had promised in the GDO announcement, was inching close to the …

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Make Your Own Ollas

Olla means pot in Spanish. Irrigation using unglazed clay pots started thousands of years ago perhaps in China. The Spanish brought the idea to the Southwest. Today gardeners in Pakistan, Iran, India and South America also use pots for irrigation. In all these areas, consistent access to water  improves plant growth and increases yield from …

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