10 Ways to Use Rosemary from the Garden

06/30/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Rosemary is a hardy mountain evergreen shrub that’s easy to grow outside and even easier to use inside.  Prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves Rosemary also has a fragrance and early…

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7 Flowers that Save Monarch Butterflies

06/24/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener With its four-inch wingspan and vibrant black and orange pattern, the Monarch butterfly is easy to recognize in the landscape. However, Monarch population numbers have experienced a steady and dramatic decline in the 21st…

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Flowers that Bloom through the Heat of Summer

06/23/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The brightest flowers of the summer season wait until temperatures rise above 90 degrees to do “their thing”. Like sunbathers on a golden California beach, summer-blooming varieties are best planted when the sun is…

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Watters Garden Center to Host Grapes 4 Grades Benefit June 25

06/14/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

June 14, 2017– Wine will flow and spirits will be lifted as Watters Garden Center hosts Prescott Frontier Rotary’s 12th annual Grapes 4 Grades benefit. On June 25, from 5 – 7pm, the garden center transforms into “A Garden Party,”…

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10 Hard-to-Kill Evergreen Trees

06/13/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Of late there have been some rumors, misconceptions, and downright lies presented to mountain gardeners, and you should be aware of them.  The lowland deserts have a significant influence on mountain landscapes, and some…

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Tough Flowers that are Pretty

06/07/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The word xeriscape doesn’t mean zero landscaping. Rather, it comes from the Greek word xeros,   which means dry. Flower gardeners may turn up their noses at the idea of xeriscaping, thinking they have to…

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