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Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:35 am

Every year as the summer days start to shorten and temperatures slowly drop, the Arizona Nursery Association hosts its Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education, Conference. Aspiring arborists, nursery owners, landscape professionals, master gardeners and even motivated homeowners swarm to the event to network and learn from the finest plant educators Arizona has to offer. So what brings an entire industry together? The season.

“Fall is the best time to plant the majority of landscape and garden items we grow here in Arizona,” said Jay Harper, a third-generation Arizona gardener and sales representative for Farms Choice Fertilizer/Hickman’s Family Farms. “The cooling mass of our night air and the warmth of our soils provides the perfect growing conditions for trees and shrubs. This also allows plants to get established and become acclimated to their planting zone over the next eight to 10 months before summer’s extreme heat beats down on the plant material.”

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