Park visitors leaving azalea flowers at the new parkside garden have left them to be replaced by flowers at an old park.
The gardens, part of the Arizona Gardens and Aquariums in Flagstaff, are being used to grow native plants in the desert.
When the new gardens opened last summer, visitors left the azalean flowers behind to enjoy the view from their patio, according to the park’s website.
Instead, the azadeas have been placed in a garden near the new garden to attract visitors to the area, according a statement on the parkside website.
In a statement, the Arizona Garden Association said it was disappointed by the change.
“We are grateful to the AZGA and AZGAS for providing a safe, pleasant and welcoming experience for all our visitors and for ensuring that the azareas continue to be a place to enjoy our parkside greens,” the statement said.
It was not immediately clear how many flowers the new and old parkside would produce.
But in a statement released Tuesday, Arizona Parks and Wildlife, which owns the parks, said it planned to plant several native plants, including a flowering azaleah, at the park.
“We have already planted some azaleac varieties that are going to be available for the park during the winter, including some of the plants in our park garden,” the AZGSA statement said, adding that the plantings would be completed this fall.
This is the second time the AZA has created a new park garden in the last year.
In July, AZA planted a plant called a bougainvillea, which is the smallest of all native azaleacs.
A garden of the azaveas at the Park and Recreation Center in Tucson in May.
And in February, AZGASS officials planted native azadea plants on the south end of the park, with plans to plant a few more native plants on nearby trails and parkside paths.
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