On Saturday June 4, from 8am to 3pm, Alta Vista Garden Club will welcome visitors from all over our state to our biennial Prescott Garden Tour. This self-guided tour features five local gardens each with a slightly different take on four-season gardening. Members of AVGC will be in the gardens to answer questions and to lead discussions.
The club executes small landscape designs and plantings in public spaces: museums, hospitals, schools, and parks. Successful projects include collaborating with Yavapai Medical Center to design and plant a Healing Garden, pruning inside the Yavapai College Sculpture Garden, mulching the Smoki Museum grounds, and cleaning up and installing fresh flowering plants in planters at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.
Habitat for Humanity
When new homeowners first occupy a new Habitat for Humanity home, the club meets with them to help them choose plants that thrive locally and satisfy the horticultural and decorative needs of the new owners. We oversee planting to make sure things get off to a good start.
Garden of the Month
Good gardening is contageous, so we honor good gardens and their gardeners a few times each year. The program includes a write-up of the garden which is published in the local paper and a few posters hung in garden centers. If you know of any gardens or gardeners deserving of recognition, please contact us.
Grow Food in Your Backyard
As part of the Slow Foods movement in the Prescott area, the Grow Food in Your Backyard is supported in part by AVGC donations. The project participants construct raised beds, assign mentors, provide plant starts and help people who are new to gardening raise vegetables in their own yards.
The idea that gardening is a vital activity connecting ourselves with each other and with our environment is one that we work to propagate. In schools we demonstrate gardening activities and develop enthusiasm. When there are regional or national programs around writing or photographing gardens, we participate. A local student won a national garden club poetry award in 2012.
See also Acting Locally