Waterwise Seminar Set For May 31 At College

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The High Country Xeriscape Council (HCXC) is presenting a free waterwise seminar Saturday, May 31.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, Payson.

The seminar opens with refreshments and an opportunity to visit the information booths and Ed Lydic Memorial Garden in the courtyard of the college facility.

Bruce Wales will be the first presenter in a program from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. His topic is rainwater harvesting.

Chris Jones, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service agent for Gila County, will speak from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on how to maintain a firewise property.

Dennis Swartzell of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on plants for waterwise landscaping and gardening.

The remainder of the seminar is open for questions and discussions with the presenters and another opportunity to visit the information booths and get a closer look at the plants on display and in the college's landscaping.

Refreshments will be available for purchase and there will be door prize drawings throughout the day.

The HCXC works to educate the public on seven principles of low water use landscape: planning and design, soil improvement, appropriate turf areas, native and drought tolerant plants, efficient irrigation, mulching and composting, proper maintenance.

The HCXC is a nonprofit organization. It has no employees and no overhead.

All monies are used for educational programs and all programs are free to the public.

It is the mission of the HCXC to educate the public to create a visually attractive landscape that provides a harmonious balance between man's growing plants and the environment's ability to provide a reliable water supply for that purpose; to provide education programs, demonstration gardens, training sessions and seminars to help the communities of the Rim Country learn to work with nature.

For more information, call (928) 474-1582 or visit the Web site xeriscapeaz.org.

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