The High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to educating our communities about water-wise gardening. For additional information write:


4397 E AZ Highway 260

 Payson,  AZ  85541



A garden of knowledge now grows at library


By Barbara Bourscheidt, Roundup contributor

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A new garden has been planted in the Rim country this month. It's a garden of knowledge, presented to the community by the High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona. A collection of 16 books, all dealing with low water-use plants and upper-elevation gardening has been donated to the Payson Public Library.


Barb Bourscheidt photo

Torrie Harding (second from right), Payson Public Library catalog staff member, accepts a collection of low water-use gardening books donated by High Country Xeriscape Council members, from left, Carol Lydic, Ashlea and Donna Rokoff, and Micky Solcz.

The idea was conceived and cultivated by the HCXCA planning committee, chaired by Donna Rokoff early in 2004.

Books donated by individual members, Fulcrum Publishing of Colorado, and the estate of Edward Lydic are now available for lending at the library. The collection, which will be expanded as other titles become available, was donated in memory of Ed Lydic, our friend and very active HCXCA member until his death in the fall of 2003. Anyone who would like to add to this collection is asked to contact Ms. Rokoff at (928) 474-1542.

Torrie Harding, who runs the cataloging section of the library, said the books can be found in the Southwestern garden section, and referenced in the catalog system under "Xeriscape." Several of the books include hands-on, how-to information on designing and planting an eco-friendly low water-use landscape. Others are treasure troves of information about individual plants.




 copyright 2003  HCXCA