Originally Published: October 13, 2016 5:55 a.m.
The Northern Arizona VA has a wonderful greenhouse that everyone should know about!
The greenhouse is a hidden gem on the northeast corner of our Prescott VA campus. It houses a variety of plants that receive meticulous care from a small army of local volunteer Master Gardeners, who tend to the greenhouse daily. To become a Master Gardener is no small feat, requiring each of these wonderful folks to volunteer a total of 50 hours in their first year, and 25 hours per year thereafter, in order to retain their status of “Master Gardener.” Not to mention, several of the volunteers still work full –time jobs on top of their volunteering.
All of the volunteers stated their strong desire to give back to our nation’s veterans, as well as the community here in Prescott. The greenhouse is tended to by these very passionate volunteers who maintain a variety of plants, from roses, to succulents, to the beautiful fruit trees right outside the greenhouse. The volunteers water, fertilize, and generally do a magnificent job of tending to all of the plants in their care.
The volunteers want all veterans, employees, and residents of the community to know that the greenhouse welcomes everyone to share in its bounties. From the “adoptable” plants, that the only request is for adopters to nourish the seedlings as they nourish themselves, to the fruit trees whose fruit, once ready for harvest are available for the picking. There are even 10-foot square garden plots available for planting vegetables. The soil has been amended, ready for planting, and the plots are complete with defenses again deer and rabbits.
Lastly, the volunteers would like everyone to know that the greenhouse is wheelchair accessible. So, when you have some time, head on over to the greenhouse, chat with the amazing volunteers, look around at all the effort they put into maintaining the beautiful plants, and maybe even leave with a new plant to call your own.
For more information about the greenhouse and how you can get involved, please contact Cory Gurule in Recreational Therapy, 928-445-4860, ext. 7402.