Andy Hough, environmental resources coordinator for the Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources Department, talks about the efforts to test new varieties of fruits and vegetables at the Hidden Mesa research and demonstration orchard and garden, as volunteer master gardeners work in the background.
Jane Ferguson, a Parker resident for the last 34 years, helps tend a vegetable garden Sept. 25 near the Hidden Mesa Open Space. She originally went to help construct high-tunnel green houses at the site, but soon discovered what she calls a “fascinating” project with a multiple aims. Ferguson said she has seen quite a bit of change in the area since arriving, and the establishment of an orchard and garden between Parker and Franktown is among the changes she likes to see. Photo by Chris Michlewicz
Blackberries were among the successful crops this season, despite late planting and extreme weather conditions. Photo by Chris Michlewicz