Several more meetings were held to finalize our plans for the garden. We were all excited the day Isabel presented the finished layout, complete with walking paths, swales and mounds. We drew up a dream list of the trees, shrubs, cacti and ground covers that would thrive, bloom and attract birds and butterflies. Then Sally went to bat with several local nurseries and the orders were placed.
Monday May 9th was planting day, with a contingent of AAW employees on hand to help with digging as well as some big machinery such as bobcats and augers. At 7 am a moving van size truck pulled up. Mountain States Nursery provided over a dozen 24 gal trees, and 70-80 smaller plants from yuccas and fairy dusters to chuparosas and hop bushes. Isabel clutched a copy of the layout and Sally brandished the three page list of plants and we set to. Things were pretty chaotic for awhile, and some deviations were certainly made from the plan, but tremendous progress was made. About 20 boulders were delivered midmorning and positioned and dug in by bobcat. Most every plant was in the ground and watered by noon. Rainbird’s latest high-tech solar water system was installed the next day and water lines and emitters laid. On Wednesday our meandering gravel path was put down and mulching spread throughout the gardens. I’m sure all involved will be checking in on the garden as the plants mature to see our vision of color and shade come to life. You can see it too, at 6229 N. Mockingbird Lane south of Lincoln.