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 Payson,  AZ  85541


On Thursday, October 19th, the Board of Directors of Gila Commu

Ed Lydic Memorial Xeriscape Garden Dedication

On August 11, 2007 the demonstration garden was dedicated in memory of Ed Lydic and all the work he did to make the garden a reality. Members of the Lydic family came from as far as Washington State and Virginia. A number of the Lydic's friends attended the short ceremony which was followed by a self guided tour of the garden and refreshments. Ed's wife Carol came from Fort Scott, Kansas to attend. She sincerely appreciated the honor Ed received in recognition of all the time and effort he put into the establishment of the Xeriscape Council and the demonstration garden.

The happy members of the Lydic family that were on hand for the dedication are from left to right, Ed's sister, Elnora, daughter Melissa holding Bennett, brother-in-law Ken, daughter Amy, daughter Jana, daughter Jessica, wife Carol, sister-in-law Bobbie, granddaughter Ashlea, brother Harold and grandchildren Jack, Brett, and Emma.
High Country Xeriscape Council Chairperson, Lois Hurd welcomed all in attendance. Speakers that followed were Glen McCombs, Plant Fair Nursery (shown), Louise Wakem, Arizona State Land Dept., Terry Mikel, Maricopa County Extension Service, and Bob Edwards, Mayor of the Town of Payson. Lois presented a plaque with Ed's picture on it to Carol who was very grateful. The plaque is a miniature of the large sign on the kiosk

Everyone, young and old alike, enjoyed the refreshments and tour of the garden after the dedication ceremony. Some of the guests were interested in the irrigation systems which include sensors to regulate when the water turns off and on. All were interested in the benefits of using low water use plants in our ongoing and drought ridden environment.


A future generation gardener enjoys a "treat" along with the ambiance of the Xeriscape garden. It was a good day for all who attended. There was a great variety of people from the very young to the not so young who came to see Ed Lydic receive recognition for his hard work and dedication to educating the Rim country to the benefits of low water and sustainable landscapes. The garden is open every day for anyone who wishes to view it. The Council members are in the process of installing markers naming the plants. The kiosk has a variety of literature available for anyone who is interested. Also, anyone interested in hands-on experience is welcome to join the Council and work with the group.







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