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Restoration of The Community Butterfly Garden
By Mary Jo Bitman

Residents of the Gold Canyon/Apache Junction community have a beautiful butterfly garden to call their own.  This garden was created by the Gold Canyon Garden Club along with the hard work of local government, supportive residents, and area businesses.  The Gold Canyon Golf Resort donated the land.

The garden is a wonderful display of native and 'desert adaptive' plants.  Garden club members maintain the garden with the help of Smiling Dog Landscapes Inc.

The trees in the garden had become overgrown and invasive species of plants had taken over much of the garden.  In addition, the cost of maintaining an antiquated irrigation system was becoming prohibitive.

With the help of the employees of Smiling Dog Landscapes and garden member Sherrie Guiles (a landscape designer), the garden has been vastly improved.  Trees were trimmed, invasive plants removed, and the irrigation system was replaced.

All are invited to visit the garden to enjoy the improvements and the peaceful serenity that only a beautiful garden can provide.  The garden is located next to Dinosaur Park.  Directions are as follows:  Take King's Ranch Rd. to Alameda (the former GC Elementary School is on the left) and turn left.  Continue past the school parking lot until you see the Dinosaur Park sign on the left.  Park in the lot and walk to the right.  The entrance to the garden is through the arbor.  Visit the website at www.goldcanyongc.com for more information.

This restoration has cost the Club a significant amount of money!  Please come to our annual plant sale on October 21st at the Methodist Church parking lot (across from Walgreens).  The purchase of outstanding plants will help us with the funding of this garden restoration.  Qualified Gardeners will help you purchase the perfect plants for your particular garden.  Please remember, the month of October is the best planting time in our Sonoran desert.


*Article from the Gold Canyon Ledger, September 2014 issue






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