The Payson Community Garden will open this weekend, after Rim Country’s fickle March forced a postponement last week.
The garden opens at 8 a.m. for orientation, with a session garden planner at 9 a.m.
The orientation will feature information about the resources available to Rim Country gardeners from consultants to soil preparation material. Participants can begin planting as well.
Fifty of the 165 slots in the garden next to the Church of the Nazarene on Tyler Parkway remain available, at a cost of $60 per plot. The fee covers soil, water, security and advice, but the water will not be turned on until April to avoid the risk of freezing the pipes.
Classes to help garden participants make the most of their plots will be offered at 8 a.m. every Saturday at the garden or inside the Church of the Nazarene.
Garden organizers have worked with University of Arizona Extension Service representative Chris Jones and Glen McCombs, owner of Plant Fair Nursery, to provide a complete set of courses for the beginning gardeners.
Starting in April, the garden will be open weekdays from 5 p.m. until dark and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. Also in April, organizers will be asking for garden monitors to sign up.