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Learn the method that maximizes certain plants’ natural strengths and minimizes their weaknesses, giving you a beautiful garden and abundant crops! Some of the combinations make sense, like tomatoes and basil; others might surprise you. Plants have buddies too! #seedlibrary
Program provided by the generosity of the Friends of Agave Library
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. This free program is presented in partnership with the City of Phoenix Water Department. Registration required. #seedlibrary
Join Ron Parker, author of Chasing Centuries, as he examines the relationship between pre-Columbian Native Americans and agaves (century plants) in Arizona. These folks developed, gardened, and farmed their own unique agaves, and many of these plants are still found exactly where they were originally planted hundreds of years ago. It is a fascinating and uniquely Arizona story! Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.
Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history book that takes the reader along on an exciting and little known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with author Ron Parker as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars; living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted hundreds of years ago.
Ron Parker is an outdoorsman, xeric plant enthusiast, and amateur botanist who spends half his time gardening and the other half exploring natural habitat across Arizona and neighboring states, primarily chasing agaves and archaeological sites. He has been studying agave populations in Arizona for many years, and has been out in the field with renowned botanists and regional archaeologists. When not under the open sky, Ron maintains the well-known xeric plant discussion forum, Agaveville.org, an impressive online repository for information on agaves and other succulent plants. #arizona101 #seedlibrary