Fountain Hills Backyard Oasis: Rita Applegate

Fountain Hills Backyard Oasis: Rita Applegate

Rita Applegate’s backyard is where she goes to relax after a busy day in the Fountain Hills Community Garden, where she’s the Garden Manager. Her desert oasis is the result of imagining what she could do with a ho-hum yard. “When I first moved into this home...
Things to See in the November 2022 Night Sky

Things to See in the November 2022 Night Sky

As the world’s 17th International Dark Sky Community, Fountain Hills is a unique dark sky oasis in the Valley of the Sun. Here are some things you can see in November 2022. PLANETS Mars (after 8:30 PM in the East), Jupiter & Saturn overhead, Venus (right...
Think Twice before Planting a Ficus Tree

Think Twice before Planting a Ficus Tree

Take a walk through a neighborhood in Fountain Hills, and you’re bound to see a beautiful ficus tree growing in someone’s yard. Their sturdy trunks and dense green foliage are tempting to homeowners who want some extra shade and more green in their...
Make Your Own Prickly Pear Jelly

Make Your Own Prickly Pear Jelly

Prickly pear season isn’t over quite yet, so why not make your own prickly pear jelly? It’s exciting to make something you can eat from ingredients you can forage from native desert plants.   Prickly pears are one of the most unique, edible plants in the Sonoran...
Fountain Hills Gardening for Kids

Fountain Hills Gardening for Kids

Have you wondered how you can get your kids to be less hesitant to eat vegetables? How about letting them plant a small vegetable garden? Fountain Hills is an excellent place to grow food in your backyard nearly year-round.   Before you get worried about carving...