THE MANICURED CITY

If you are looking for it you will have no problem finding it. It’s all around the greater Phoenix Valley, as odd as it may seem. Homeowners use it to seek out beautification or perhaps attention, business owners looking for a way to deter from the straight and boring lines of their establishment. Vegetation is more abundant than you would consider in Metropolitan Phoenix.

However, the vegetation I would like you to take note is not the typical desert sampling, because Arizona is not all dirt and cacti. Phoenix is full of unexpected greenery; some of it having to be tamed, some of it well planned out in advance, and some of it just existing in a space all of its own.

 

Virginia Martinez

About Virginia Martinez

Virginia Martinez is a rare species of Arizona native. Growing up in the desert she has seen it go from desolate to bombarded with other species of Chicagoans, Californians, and the such. After a seven year journey with the U.S. Navy where she traveled to the east coast of the U.S., the seas of the Mediterranean, and to Korea, the “Land of the Morning Calm,” she came back to Arizona where she just completed her undergraduate degree in photography at Arizona State University. Through her appreciation for the desert and her surroundings she has an urge to document how inhabitants of the desert, both residential and commercial neighbors, design and use their space. Arizona, and in particular Phoenix, poses unique problems with the lack of water and abundance of sun shining down upon us, which in turn creates some rather intriguing land usage.

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