Originally Published: August 6, 2013 6 a.m.
While walking their Cocker Spaniel in the Country Club area of Prescott, Master Gardener Virginia Mullins and her husband, Peter Madine, found an adorable home on the historic register for sale. The front yard had been terraced with rock and stone that was totally overgrown and unkempt, but it showed real promise. The original owner of the property had tuberculosis and although he did not have the physical strength to work in the garden himself, he enjoyed watching his wife tend to the lovely flowers and plants. Inspired by this history, the new owners have transformed this unique space, filling it with pastel shades of catmint, iris, sweet peas, yarrow, petunias, skullcap, wallflower, sage, peonies, day lilies and a butterfly bush.
Whimsy is added to the array with a multi-colored birdhouse on a painted spindle, an oversized teacup with water for the visiting birds, and a variety of quirky metal sculptures. An Arizona native, Virginia learned to garden at her mother's side in the Clifton-Morenci area. She is an active member of the Master Gardeners Association here in Prescott, volunteering at the Farmers' Market and the V.A. Hospital greenhouse.
As all gardeners like to declare, it is a work in progress, but she and Peter have accomplished a lot in their brief time here. Besides this delightful front yard, the back of their property features a vegetable and herb garden, the beginning of a small orchard, and the gardener's best friend, a composting bin. Virginia says their goal is to contribute to the beauty of their neighborhood through gardening.
This awesome garden was chosen as the Alta Vista Garden Club Garden of the Month for August. It can be seen at 621 Glendale Avenue, near Park Avenue in Prescott.
For more information about the Alta Vista Garden Club, please visit www.altavistagardenclub.org.