Gardening Conference Coming To Payson

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The 11th Annual Arizona Highlands Garden Conference will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Also offered will be Sustainability Demonstration Tours on Friday, Aug. 27 at different locations around Payson.

This year’s theme is “Sustainable Gardening for Homes and Communities.” Sustainable Gardening is the idea that our gardening practices can produce food for and beauty in our homes and communities without compromising the resources needed by future generations. The two keynote speakers are renowned authorities in sustainability: Greg Peterson from the Urban Farm in Phoenix, and author David Wann of the PBS “Affluenza” series. They will address sustainable gardening from both the desert and high arid mountain perspectives at morning and mid-day sessions. Expert speakers at morning and afternoon breakout sessions will explore other facets of sustainable gardening, such as farmers’ markets and community gardens, songbird gardens, hoop houses, irrigation, worms, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees.

Cost of attending the day-long conference is $75, for those persons registering before July 30; after that the cost will be $105 per person. The Friday Demonstration Tours cost $25, for those registering before July 30; after that the cost will be $30. Attendance will be limited to the first 200 people registering; checks must be made out to the University of Arizona and sent to Susan Bolt, Gila County Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 2844, Payson, 85547. You may also pay using a credit card by calling Susan Bolt at 474-4160. For more information call 928-402-8585 or go on-line at www.extension.arizona.

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