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Alta Vista garden tour is June 9

Alta Vista Garden Club is presenting its biennial garden tour on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket holders will enjoy creative blends of perennials, annuals, native plants and vegetables located in private gardens in Prescott's varied landscapes. The self-guided tour features:

• Ten acres of gardening delights with numerous "garden rooms," a variety of flowers and shrubs, and an apple orchard planted within a Belgian-style fence.

• A four-season garden highlighted by an arbor, fountain, sculptures and antique benches, creating a European ambiance.

• A garden that has successfully overcome woodland wildlife and sloping terrain challenges with a successful blend of perennials, annuals, vegetables and a water feature.

• A lovely fusion of flowers, shrubs, and ivy among Ponderosa pines and granite boulders, inspired by an English grandfather and Butchart Gardens.

• A surprise opening in the woods revealing a multi-tiered koi pond, artistic vegetable garden and native plant hillside.

• Just beyond a picket fence, ticketholders will find native bloomers, a gazebo and a children's secret garden.

Advance tickets for a $10 donation are available at Bella Home Furnishings, Jay's Bird Barn, Mortimer Nursery & Landscaping, Prescott Valley Nursery, and Watter's Design & Garden Center. Tickets are also available by contacting Cathy at 541-9341 or

On the day of the tour, a program with maps of the six garden locations will be available between 8 a.m. and noon at the Sharlot Hall Museum gazebo, 415 W. Gurley, Prescott.

Proceeds from this event benefit the club's local education, conservation and beautification projects. Recent recipients include Habitat for Humanity, The Highlands Center for Natural History, Prescott Public Library, Arizona Pioneers Home and Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

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