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Where do central Arizonans go for a quick, out-of-state escape? Families with younger kids often go west to San Diego, hedonists south to Rocky Point, Mexico, and those who like to be active in mountains and canyons can go north to Moab, Utah, a kind of Disneyland for the outdoorsy set.
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Marigold is among the most widely planted and, hence, mundane of flowers. Yet I enjoy them as an essential part of summer with their yolk-like blooms and pungent foliage.
Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.
The biggest problem with growing orchid cacti is figuring out just what they are.
Veteran bulb growers have learned to put patience ahead of pruning in helping their perennials bloom season after season. They're in no rush to remove the unsightly leaves and stems of these botanical storehouses, which need time after flowering to renew their growth cycle.
WASHINGTON — Despite the long, snowy winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, Washington's famous cherry blossom trees are expected to bring the first sure sign of spring between April 8-12, when they're predicted to reach peak bloom, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop.
Americans are a restless bunch. They change locations with a frequency that would tire a migrating songbird.
With Valentine's Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. How nice it would be for gardeners to give their beloved a living, growing, chocolate expression of affection.
The Mesa-East Valley Rose Society hosts its annual auction, featuring more than 150 varieties of miniatures, minifloras, polyanthas, hybrid teas and shrub roses, along with fertilizers and other supplies. Proceeds benefit the Rose Society and The Garden at Mesa Community College.
You might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex.
Plants you can walk on are attractive additions to pathways. These low-lying perennials can withstand heavy foot traffic, release pleasant odors when crushed, smother weeds, and cushion your step in the narrow spaces between bricks or flagstones.
Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to your garden.
The Queen Creek football team bulldozed nearly everyone in its path on the way to a 14-0 season and the Division III football state title in 2012.
I want more lilies. A lot more. And I mean true lilies (Lilium spp.) rather than daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.).
Turf grass is the groundcover of choice for many property owners, mainly for its rich, carpet-like appearance. But grass is thirsty, demands frequent maintenance and provides little wildlife appeal.
There are two plants whose behavior makes me think back to when my daughter was a teenager.
Outlook: The 2012 football season was decidedly not Saguaro-esque. The Sabercats were defeated in three regular season games and barely avoided losing a fourth. They were seeded just ninth heading into the postseason and lost to Goodyear Desert Edge in the state quarterfinals – their earliest exit since 2005.
Experience the Desert Botanical Garden at night via a self-guided walk along the main trail, where discovery stations will be open for children and families. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own flashlights.
The cheery blue color of dayflowers (Commelina communis) — so named because each flower lasts but a day — does nothing to dispel some pity I feel for them.
Fruit trees that were so full of blossoms this spring that they looked like giant snowballs foretell a heavy crop of fruit later this year.
Feed your inner islander at SanTan Brewery’s fifth annual Hawaiian fest, where you’ll enjoy surfer music, a pig roast and a heaping plate of pulled pork, steamed rice, macaroni salad and coconut haupia dessert. Mr. Pineapple wheat beer will also be served.
One arrived before Rudy Valee and the other a year before The Beatles, but together they made beautiful music in nurturing a piece of Ahwatukee that spanned the decades between the roaring ‘20s and this year’s cold winter rains.
Valerie Kaff was dominant and led the Mountain View softball team to a 3-1 victory over Desert Mountain in a pitchers' duel.