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The Arboretum Tomé Annual Open House and Garden Party Is Coming Soon!



If you like trees, you'll love
The Arboretum Tomé!

           



Join the Staff of
Trees That Please and Soil Secrets LLC
for the Arboretum Tomé Annual
Open House and Garden Party.

May 31st from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Free Parking and Admission!!


Talks with Discussion between 10:00 & 12:30

Bring a Picnic Lunch and Enjoy Live Easy Listening Music
in the Afternoon Shade!


The Arboretum Tomé is available for researchers, 
school field trips, student projects, plant clubs, 
photographers, and others
who want to learn more about Southwestern Native Plants
and Soil Restoration Techniques.

The Arboretum Tomé is a private collection of trees developed by Michael Martin Meléndrez, who for 26 years has been using biological restoration techniques on the native soils of the site.

Come, see and learn, how this technique can benefit our
Southwestern Soils and Plants. 

Michael's business, Soil Secrets LLC, employs these same techniques 
on organic farms, DOT projects, mine reclamation sites,
and public school grounds across the country.



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