ROBERT J. MOODY DEMONSTARTION GARDEN
Whether you are a local Yuman or a visitor, the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden offers a fantastic learning landcsape to share all the diverse plants you can grow in Yuma. It’s an activity on the annual Yuma Bird, Nature and History Festival (next one is Jan. 10-12, 2020).
Founded in 2004 as a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Moody Garden Makers Club, this 1.7 acre garden encompasses a Children’s Garden, Cultivated Plants Garden, Emblem Garden, Healing Garden, Native Plants Garden, Tropical Garden, Vegetable Garden and Xeriscape Garden. With numerous interpretive signs, it’s a treasure trove of garden information designed to educate locals and visitors of all ages, about what grows in the Yuma.
Along with a thriving tourism industry, the military and agriculture are key factors to Yuma’s growing economy. Listed as the “Sunniest Place on Earth” by the Guinness Book of World Records, and home to the lower Colorado River, the whole region is one of the top winter vegetable producers in the country. Robert J. Moody’s John Deere tractor in the children’s garden pays respect to the local agriculture industry, something he was very much a part of as a University of Arizona cooperative extension agent, tractor salesman, farmer and cattle rancher, and real estate appraiser.
Located just 5 miles from the Coronado Motor Hotel, the Robert J. Moody Garden is free and open daily. There is an amphitheater, shade ramadas, and picnic tables. It is located at 2200 W. 28th Street, Yuma, Arizona 85364-3904. For more information or to inquire about group tours or events, please call (928) 726-3904 (ask for the Moody Garden). More information is available at https://extension.arizona.edu/interactive-demonstration-garden and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MoodyGarden/.