Have you ever driven by a beautifully landscaped home and wished that you could see through the garden walls?

AZTU_Roper: The Sublime Desert Connection, Oro Valley. Photo credit: Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA/Landscape Design West
Well, now you have your chance.  
You are invited to take a closer look at some beautiful landscapes in Tucson, this Saturday, October 5th, as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program in which the public is invited to take a peek into “the best, very rarely seen, private gardens”. 
AZTU_Businger: Desert in Color, Tucson. Photo credit: Dustin Hancock, MLA
Participants are given a map, which leads them to each garden.  There is a $5 admission fee to each of the gardens.
AZTU_Peters: The Peter’s Garden, Tucson. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Garden Conservancy
Now, I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to see what is beyond this side garden.

AZTU_Jackson: The Jackson’s Dreamscape, Tucson. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Garden Conservancy
For those of you who have not visited Tucson, you are are missing out on a beautiful area.  Because Tucson is higher in elevation then the Phoenix area, the desert is more lush with native trees, plants and cacti throughout.

AZTU_Calhoun: Zona Gardens Studio, Tucson. Photo credit: Scott Calhoun/Zona Gardens

 For those of you who do not live close enough to Tucson to take part in viewing these wonderful gardens, there are ‘Open Days’ events held throughout the country throughout the year.

Whenever I take part in touring gardens, I come away refreshed and awash in new ideas for my own garden.
So, I encourage you to take some time out of your schedule to relax and take a stroll through the garden…
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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