DECEMBER 31, 2013

South African plants for Arizona landscapes

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carefree desert gardens logoCAREFREE – South Africa is the origin of numerous plants we Arizonans use in our homes and out in our gardens. Many of these plants have long histories of herbal use among different cultures.

The Carefree Desert Gardens invites you to spend an enjoyable morning with long-time Master Gardener and Public Education Speaker for Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the Desert Botanical Garden, Mike Hills. Mike is also the Past President of the AZ Herb Association. He studied Agronomy and Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona. He will share some of his personal observations of some of our popular plants in their original habitat and share a few surprises of Sonoran Desert native plants found in South Africa.

Consider before attending: Did you ever wonder if “Elephant’s Food,” Portulace afra, is edible? Where does “Natal Plum” originate? What does the popular houseplant, “Snake Plant” or “Mother-in law’s Tongue” have in common with hemorrhoids?

Join us Saturday, Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. The program will run approximately until noon at the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. As our goal is to be self-supporting, a $5 (or more) donation is appreciated. Seating is limited, so come early. For information call 480-488-3686.