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The Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden

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The garden was named to honor Robert J. Moody, remembered not only as a superior Yuma Co. extension agent, but also an outstanding member of the Yuma community.
In grand style, his wife Elizabeth and his children continue his legacy of community involvement and service.

The University of Arizona Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden is a wonderful park-like display of plants suitable for desert plantings. It is located next to the U. of A. Yuma County Extension office at 2200 West 28th Street, Yuma, AZ.

THE Intent is to provide local citizens (including area schools and other youth) with a plant resource and educational area.
 
  THE What is the majority of plants included in the garden can be
purchased from local nurseries and grown in Yuma, some rare and unusual plants are included. All plants in the garden are professionally labeled with both common and scientific name.
 

  THE Who is the citizens of Yuma,  local schools and youth, interested in gardening, the enjoyment of   nature, care of plants in the desert.

  THE With is the "seed money" provided by a partnership between Yuma County, the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department, and the University of Arizona. Donations in the form of cash, materials or labor will facilitate further development.

  THE Where is 2200 W. 28th Street, adjacent to the Yuma County Cooperative Extension and Health Department Building.

Grants & Contributions

Flagpole donated by Harold and Marion Elliott and family

United States Flag donated by Jim and Peggy Taylor
 

Moody Garden Tree Project -  which was an Urban & Community Forest Challenge Grant, administered through the Arizona State Land Department, Forestry Division, provided funding for the Moody Garden Tree Project.  Matching funding was required by this grant. It included funding for a March 1, 2008 Public Tree Information and Planting Workshop; tree identification signage; and the printing of brochures that describe each of the forty-two (42) different kinds of trees growing in the Moody Demonstration Garden.  The brochure descriptions include common and botanical names; mature size; description of leaves, bark and flowers; and information such as water requirements, heat tolerance, etc. 

Kiosk Educational Project - through the Yuma Community Foundation Grant provided funding to build eight educational kiosks in the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden. The garden is open 24/7 and residents often visit when no one is available to answer questions.  Wooden kiosks have been installed in each of the eight gardens.  They contain information about plants and features of the area of placement.  Also a telephone number to call with suggestions or for answers to questions.

North End Rotary Club, which provided a new cement sidewalk across the Vegetable garden area – thus making that area handicapped accessible. This grant also provided a stage platform with podium and seventeen benches for seating in the mini amphitheater area just south of the storage barn.  Their generosity also has allowed us to install a new utility bridge.

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This tractor belonged to Robert J. Moody - it is in the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden and photographed by Marlena Parrott.

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Elizabeth Lizard has become a mascot for the garden.
Elizabeth brings joy and inspiration for all who visit her.
She is named for Bob Moody's wife, Elizabeth,
who is a member of the MGM Garden Club.

CHILDREN’S GARDEN
 

CULTIVATED GARDEN
 

EMBLEM GARDEN

HEALING GARDEN

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HELPING TO GROW YOUNG MINDS

INTERESTING, FRAGRANT, AND EDIBLE PLANTS ADAPTED TO OUR AREA 

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA EMBLEM

PLANTS THAT STIMULATE THE SENSES AND HAVE MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
 

NATIVE GARDEN

TROPICAL GARDEN

 VEGETABLE GARDEN

XERISCAPE GARDEN

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INDIGENOUS PLANTS THAT CAN SURVIVE IN THE YUMA AREA
 

PLANTS THAT ARE WELL ADAPTED TO THE DESERT AND TROPICAL CLIMATE FOUND IN YUMA

ASSORTED VEGETABLES, PLANTED AS EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS

DROUGHT RESISTANT PLANTS ADAPTED TO THE DESERT