Originally Published: July 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Dedicated gardeners cherish the time spent cultivating, pruning, fertilizing and nurturing plants in their gardens. These qualities come naturally to Cheryl and Art Espitia, as evidenced by the abundance of flowers, shrubs, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables surrounding their home at 317 N. Pleasant Street near downtown Prescott.
Over the past eight years, Cheryl has created a floral jewel in the middle of town. She finds bargains at local nurseries and has also "relocated" a wild rose bush and some Virginia creeper from the once-vacant lot next door. From the street, one can see lavender, Russian sage, hollyhocks, Spanish broom, peonies and Penstemon edging the front of the home. A row of brightly-colored roses lines the walk along the north side of the home. Two Stella cherry trees provide shade along the street.
As a part-time caterer, Cheryl uses home-grown herbs in her cooking. While not visible from the front, it is noteworthy to list some of the plantings in the rear of the home: marjoram, lemon balm, thyme, pineapple sage, oregano, and chocolate mint. She also grows squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapevines and strawberries. Large sunflowers are located next to the birdfeeders, and there are apricot, peach, plum and Asian pear trees.
Husband Art lends a hand with fertilizing, watering and clean-up jobs - together they have worked wonders in a very small, yet cozy space.
For more information about the Alta Vista Garden Club, visit www.altavistagardenclub.com