The Joy of Other Gardens

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If you are looking for some vegetable garden inspiration, have I got the event for you!

Flagstaff’s Finest Vegetable Garden Tour will be Saturday, August 13, from 10 am to 4 pm.

This self-guided tour will feature a mix of private and community gardens, including a micro-farm and the lovely public garden at the Olivia White Hospice Home. At each of the eight locations, there will be hosts and volunteers to show you around and answer your questions.

The tour is sponsored by the Coconino County Master Gardener Association (CMGA) and Warner’s Nursery, with proceeds helping to fund CMGA’s education and community improvement projects. (The nonprofit awards up to $5,000 each year in grants).

I love seeing how other people create and maintain their gardens. It inspires me as I think about how I want my veggie patch to look in the future. It’s also very informative, with each garden on the tour illustrating the challenges of our unique environment and how gardeners have overcome those challenges.

You’ll see examples of beautiful xeriscaping and native plant beds with fruit trees and veggie plots incorporated into the landscape. Some of our gardens feature container gardens and raised beds. Innovative rainwater harvesting methods, composting, and “hoop houses” to extend the growing season will also be on display.

You can purchase tickets online for $18.60 anytime before August 12 and a map of the tour will be emailed to you. Or you can stop by Warner’s on the morning of the event and purchase tickets here for $15. We are only selling the tickets that day between 9 am and Noon and purchases have to be by cash or check.

We hope you’ll take advantage of one of the highlights of the growing season here in northern Arizona and be inspired by the amazing gardens to be explored.

Happy Gardening,
Misti Warner-Andersen