New Secret Garden at Arizona Pioneers’ Home

A new “Secret Garden” was dedicated at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home on May 1, thanks efforts by former Prescott resident Cindy Bower, whose mother, Sue Brown, lived at the home for 14 years. At the dedication ceremony, Brower reminisced how she and her mother enjoyed sitting in the garden and spending time together.

After her mother passed, Bower came back to the home to visit with staff, and noticed that the garden had deteriorated. That prompted her to write a letter to Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, who then put in a call to Frank Abbott, GM of CareScape, a large landscape company.

Thanks to the work of CareScape and donations from the Alta Vista Garden Club, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, and others, the garden was given a complete makover.

The Arizona Pioneers’ Home was built in 1911, and is also known as the Home for Arizona Pioneers and State Hospital for Disabled Miners. It was established to provide housing for early Arizona pioneers. The home is operated and funded by the state of Arizona. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The expanded complex of buildings can hold 155 residents. Applicants must have lived in Arizona for 50 years.