Southern Arizona blooms with lush garden tours in April
courtesy of Elena Acoba, Arizona Daily Star (tucson.com)
Three self-guided garden tours in Southern Arizona have been planned for April.
• Green Valley Gardeners 35th Annual Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11. The tour of five Green Valley home gardens presents sustainability systems, desert-adapted plants, edible gardens and garden art. Start at Desert Meadows Park. $12, www.greenvalleygardeners.com
• Garden Party 2015: The Art of Gardening, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18. Together, the five lush gardens in Tubac and Tumacacori feature a French kitchen garden, rose trees, container plants, garden terraces and a shady desert landscape. The fundraiser for the Tubac Center of the Arts includes plein air painters, educational talks and an auction of poetry boxes and birdhouses. Start at the center. $30, 398-2371, www.tubacarts.org
• Rita Ranch Backyard Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18. At least eight home gardens in the eastside neighborhood range from a strawberry patch that youngsters are growing to elaborate landscapes by seasoned gardeners. It’s a fundraiser for a new community garden planned for the neighborhood’s Purple Heart Park. Start at the park. $5 suggested donation, 591-2255, www.facebook.com/ritaranchcommunitygardens