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The Prescott Garden Tour June 14, 2014

Do you love plants and gardening? Have you moved to Prescott from some other state where you could pretty much put a plant in the ground and it would grow? Have you experienced the challenges of our Prescott soil, lack of rain, intense sunshine, and the animals who also appreciate your garden? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then The Prescott Garden Tour is for you!

The Prescott Garden Tour has evolved since 2004 as the major fundraiser for Alta Vista Garden Club, as well as a way to showcase best practices of gardening and allowing community members into exceptional private gardens. We, like the founders of Alta Vista Garden Club in 1951, are also interested in continuing to beautify the city.

One of the major ways we support the beautification of Prescott is by recognizing exceptional private gardens which are open to the public during our biennial garden tour. Saturday, June 14, marks the sixth Prescott Garden Tour sponsored and hosted by Alta Vista Garden Club.

This year's tour will feature five exceptional gardens which offer numerous unique approaches to gardening in Prescott. You will be provided with the opportunity to take a self-guided driving tour of these gardens where you will learn about container gardening, vegetables and flowers, ponds and waterfalls, xeriscaping landscapes with plants and shrubs adapted to our area, and creating outdoor rooms. We salute the owners who have spent many seasons lovingly designing and maintaining their gardens and thank them for being willing to share their gardens with the community.

To give you a taste of what you can expect to see, here is a brief description of each garden.

• Perennials Gone Wild is a hilltop garden filled with brilliant season-long colors attracting bees, butterflies and birds. It also features colorful containers full of vegetables and herbs.

• For the Birds will have you pulling out your binoculars to appreciate this bird haven and certified wildlife habitat while appreciating a panoramic vista of some of Prescott's peaks. Discover the imaginative uses of metal work for plantings and birds.

• Historic Habitat is a garden in one of Prescott's historic areas which has maximized the geographic terrain of the lot to create varied garden types, including a unique rooftop garden.

• Tranquility in the Pines features a Zen meditation area in the ponderosa pines, a stone waterfall and pond, along with imaginative use of re-purposed items such as antique chandeliers and bird cages.

• Go Native highlights more than an acre of native plants, trees and grasses in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills. Set among the plantings are unique metal sculptures and yard art.

In addition to enjoying these wonderfully landscaped gardens, you will meet related professionals and educators to add to your knowledge and understanding of the unique features in each garden. We are also pleased to announce that local artists and musicians will add to the ambience of each garden setting. So if you love gardening, please join us for the Prescott Garden Tour!

Tickets are limited. They can be purchased in advance for a $10 donation at Bella Home Furnishings, Jay's Bird Barn, Mortimer Nursery & Landscaping, Watter's Design & Garden Center, Prescott Valley Nursery and The Native Garden. Tickets are also available by contacting Debbie @ 928-443-8909 or email: greenoldthings@hotmail.com. On the day of the tour, the program with maps for the self-guided tour and wristband entry IDs will be available between 8 and 11 a.m. in front of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College off Sheldon Street in Prescott.