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Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour

Arcadia is one of the older neighborhoods in Phoenix.  Many people have lived and grown up here.  But a growing number of younger families are moving in.  They're making improvements to their homes while still staying true to the original character of the area. Many are creating their own edible gardens in their backyard, with organic vegetables and a variety of fruit.  Orange, lemon and grapefruit trees line the streets and yards.

I love Arcadia!  It's where Greg and I relocated a little over one year ago. When I read about Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour, I knew I had to purchase a ticket.  I'm so glad I did!

Early Saturday morning I was prepared with my map, bottled water, sunglasses and camera.  I decided to create my own route instead of the numbered list I was emailed.  I was hoping to avoid the crowds. I headed out to my first stop.

The Boho Farm is located within walking distance of my condo. Since I had other gardens to visit, I decided to drive.  This 'farm' is nestled in a quiet neighborhood.  From the moment I stepped on to the grounds, I felt comfortable and welcomed.

I noticed many of the garden decorations.  I had an inkling that this was a Christian family.  And I was right! 

How inviting is homemade lavender lemonade?  I couldn't resist.  

I made several stops at other edible gardens on the tour and learned much about growing my own vegetables.  I really don't have much space at our condo but I have a back patio and front entryway that could accommodate containers for gardening.  I was getting some great ideas!

I was looking forward to my next stop; Hal and Jill's Sweet Life Garden. I follow her on Facebook so I was anxious to see their garden and orchard located in the heart of the city.  I wasn't disappointed.

There were numerous tables set up in the yard where you could purchase lots of goodies.  I immediately noticed The Simple Farm's caramels made with fresh goat milk.  I've tasted these caramels and they actually melt in your mouth.  I was so happy to meet Lara of Hotdish as we talked about Lylah, the owner of The Simple Farm (and my friend).

Carol of Grano de Vida was handing out samples of her homemade cinnamon raisin bread.  I couldn't resist buying two loaves after tasting this most delicious bread.  Carol bakes the breads for The Simple Farm.  When I mentioned that I finally got to meet Lylah in person at a recent tea at the Ritz Carlton, she asked me if I knew Venous.  Venous is a parent of three children in the school where I work and she hosted the tea (I wrote about it here).  She volunteers at The Simple Farm each Thursday. 

I decided to make one more stop on the tour.  This home was located on a very large lot.  As I entered through the gateway, I had to laugh.  Do you see them?  Two pigs roaming around looking for a drink.  

I was so glad I spent my Saturday morning visiting edible gardens in my neighborhood.  I was especially delighted that a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the House of Refuge community garden.

I look forward to next year's tour.

How thankful I am to experience the beauty of these gardens.  I love the way people are getting back to working the land, planting and harvesting as they feed their families.  There's something so pure about this to me.

#817 The beauty of God's creation
#818 Meeting new friends
#819 Tasting sweet lemonade
#820 Thankful for a beautiful neighborhood
#821 Appreciating all that I have
#822 My health is good
#823 I am getting exercise once again
#824 Looking forward to creating my own edible garden
#825 Tasting the best cinnamon raisin bread
#826 Seeing glimpses of God 
#827 Proceeds benefit a Christian organization that helps others
#828 Beautiful weather
#829 A respite from a busy week

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays as I count my every day blessings.

I'm also linking up with Joan of The Beauty in His Grip for Sharing His Beauty.

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Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Love this! I don't have enough sun to grow even tomato plants but I miss the days when we did--and oh how much healthier!

  2. Sounds like a lovely day! I agree...it is wonderful to see more people growing their own gardens for their families.

  3. What a beautiful day, and to think it's right next door! I am also drawn to these gardens, the kind that actually produce and feed people. I'm going to try a shallow stone pot with herbs, and see how I do. It's not much, but it's a start. Let me know if you do anything with your containers at your condo. It's a great idea!


  4. I love these, Debbie! An edible tour -- now THAT's a great idea!

  5. What a great idea for a garden tour! That sounds like so much fun! There is going to be a "regular" garden tour in my neighborhood in 2 weeks, and I'm planning on going to that, however, I don't think we'll get to eat along the way! Thanks for sharing your pictures and the fun time you had this past weekend!


  6. How neat! I've never seen anything quite like this. So interesting! Hubby has a tomato garden and it seems to be faring well thus far. I don't eat tomatoes but he's sure excited. Happy week to you!

  7. Debbie,

    Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Ann's link up. What a fun tour guide you were just now. :) And the lavender lemonade sounds unique and inviting.

    I just came in from gardening outside this evening, so this post is exciting to me too.

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan

  8. I should have waited til tomorrow to visit you as hunger is gnawing...and everything you shared sounds delicious!!!LOL... That's an educational tour in a way aside from people's palate being tickled and perhaps, satisfied...How neat to have a neighborhood like that...Unique...Inviting...It reminds me of my past trips up in the mountains which specialized with apples...Everything apples...And you have "herbs"...Lavender in lemonade? That sounds so good for summer heat! I enjoyed the tour sister...Take care and God bless.

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