Sam Hughes Neighborhood garden tour


Presented by Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Garden Tour will be a self-guided walking tour (approximately a two mile loop to visit all sites on foot). The Sam Hughes neighborhood is bounded by Speedway/Country Club/Broadway/Campbell.

The neighborhood is named after Sam Hughes Elementary School, a historic property built in the Spanish Eclectic Style in 1927 . The neighborhood school still serves as the heart of this vibrant historic community.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the endeavors of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association. The tour features 7 private residences, 2 public properties, and a demonstration site for the Sam Hughes Neighborhood “first in the nation” neighborhood phenology trail. Phenology is the study of the timing of plant and animal life cycles.

The garden tour’s title sponsors, Solar Solution AZ, LLC, 520-471-1866 and Oasis Water Harvesting, 520-234-7681, will be available during the garden tour to answer all of your solar energy and rain water harvesting questions. The gardens and outdoor spaces feature a variety of elements including water harvesting, solar, water features, xeriscape, hardscape, a backyard chicken coop, raised beds, a certified wildlife habitat garden, a hummingbird garden, gazing balls, outdoor cooking areas, and use of color, sculptures, and recycled materials.

Tickets are $10 per adult. Children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Members tickets are FREE! Get tickets the day of the tour at Sam Hughes Elementary School, inner courtyard, 700 N Wilson Ave (between E. 3rd St and E. 4th St). Tickets will be available from 10 am – 1:30 pm.

There is FREE Parking around the school. Please observe all traffic/parking laws and signs in the neighborhood. Use the crosswalks with lights at Third Street/Tucson Blvd and Tucson Blvd/Sixth Street. Public restrooms are available at Sam Hughes Elementary School (courtyard) & Himmel Park (east of tennis courts).

Sincere appreciation to the homeowners who have so graciously opened their gardens and to our sponsors:Solar Solution AZ, LLC and Oasis Water Harvesting. Also the volunteers who give their energy and time, Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Janet Jordan, and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Reminder: this garden tour today, tickets sales start at 10 a.m. in courtyard of Sam Hughes Elem. School, 700 N. Wilson, till 1:30 p.m. Tour lasts till 4 p.m. Enjoy spring in Tucson.

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