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Mission Statement Desert Companion is the premier city magazine that celebrates the pursuits, passions and aspirations of Southern Nevadans. With awardwinning lifestyle journalism and design, Desert Companion does more than inform and entertain. We spark dialogue, engage people and define the spirit of the Las Vegas Valley.

Art & Passion in Horticulture

Publisher  Melanie Cannon Associate Publisher  Christine Kiely Editor  Andrew Kiraly Art Director  Christopher Smith deputy editor  Scott Dickensheets staff writer  Heidi Kyser Graphic Designer  Brent Holmes

Gaillardia grandiflora Account executives  Sharon Clifton, Tracey Michels, Favian Perez, Carol Skerlich, Markus Van’t Hul


chilling Horticulture Group approaches the design, installation, and maintenance of your landscape as a combination of art, science, and craftsmanship.

Marketing manager  Lisa Kelly Subscription manager  Chris Bitonti Web administrator  Danielle Branton

As horticulturists, designers, arborists, and ‘plant people’, we fulfill our clients’ desires as we create and transform outdoor living spaces, strive for sustainability, and reveal the beauty desert plants have to offer.

traffic & sales associate  Kimberly Chang ADVERTISING COPY EDITOR  Carla J. Zvosec

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Contributing writers  Jim Begley, Chris Bitonti, Cybele, Barry Friedman, Mélanie Hope, Jenessa Kenway, George Knapp, Lindsey Leavitt, Debbie Lee, Corey Levitan, Rob Miech, Christie Moeller, Molly O'Donnell, Pj Perez, Jennifer Prosser, James P. Reza, Lissa Townsend Rodgers, Steve Sebelius, Sarah Vernetti, Andy Wang, Brian Weiss, Sarah Jane Woodall Contributing artists   Jakob McCarthy, Chris Morris, Sabin Orr Editorial: Andrew Kiraly, (702) 259-7856; Fax: (702) 258-5646

Design | Installation | Renovation | Consultation | Maintenance | Tree Care Hardscapes | Small Jobs | Irrigation | Lighting

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Advertising: Christine Kiely, (702) 259-7813; Subscriptions: Chris Bitonti, (702) 259-7810; Website: Desert Companion is published 12 times a year by Nevada Public Radio, 1289 S. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89146. It is available by subscription at desertcompanion. com, or as part of Nevada Public Radio membership. It is also distributed free at select locations in the Las Vegas Valley. All photos, artwork and ad designs printed are the sole property of Desert Companion and may not be duplicated or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The views of Desert Companion contributing writers are not necessarily the views of Desert Companion or Nevada Public Radio. Contact Chris Bitonti for back issues, which are available for purchase for $7.95.

ISSN 2157-8389 (print) ISSN 2157-8397 (online)

Desert Companion - May 2014  

Your guide to living in southern Nevada