On Saturday, March 14, Carefree Desert Gardens is pleased to welcome back expert and celebrity Judy Mielke, Senior Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson Design. She is a well-known author for her award-winning book Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes and has taught courses on Landscape Plant Materials and Arizona Native Plants at Arizona State University. Judy is a Certified Arborist and Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner.

In her own words, says Judy Mielke, “The challenge of putting plants together into a pleasing design is made a little easier by the suggestions for landscape use…aesthetics are considered, as are functional needs…” By using various types of hardscape: walls, paving, seating, ramadas, fireplaces, water features, etc. and combining them with beautiful plants providing shade, color, and even food, you might be surprised at how much fun it can be to make your landscape into what you think it should be.

This is your opportunity to find answers to all your landscape design questions from a real pro. Judy will also cover mulch materials, both rock and organic, and water harvesting ideas.

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers located at 33 Easy Street and Nonchalant Avenue, Carefree. A $5.00 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For more information, call 480-488-3686.