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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 9:37 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

January 25, 2005

The Scottsdale Garden Club will put a pair of grants to good use as restoration begins on the Old Adobe Mission Church.

The downtown structure, built in 1933, carries historic designation status and is Scottsdale’s oldest house of worship. The first phase of renovations this spring will focus on the building’s exterior.

By the beginning of March, the garden club wants to start planting its contribution to the church’s landscape. The club will also match both of its grants, worth $2,000 and $500, respectively.

Jen Donovan, a garden club member who also sits on the restoration project committee, said the church garden’s blueprints are still in the works. To capture how the grounds looked nearly 70 years ago, club members are depending on longtime Scottsdale residents’ recollections because few pictures exist.

"We’re researching the types of foliage, trees and shrubs that grew in that area," said Donovan, a Scottsdale resident. "We are researching what was authentic back then."

The club plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new courtyard on April 1, Donovan said, and will continue applying for more grants to put toward the church landscape.

The Scottsdale Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month from October through May. Its February meeting at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club will feature a local horticulturist and the topic, "How to combine seasonal color to attract wildlife and provide screening."

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