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June 19 - July 2, 2010


Youth Page 51

Where to eat Pages 68-70


Landscaper no common variety gardener

by Miachelle DePiano

Jeff Ho, owner of Edible Landscapes, is not your ordinary landscaper. His business focuses on teaching clients how to grow organic gardens on their own property. Formerly an international sales representative for a local manufacturing company, Ho has been gardening since he was 5 years old. He decided to take his passion and turn it into a business, doing the very thing he loves best.

“People are more interested today in growing their own organic fruits and vegetables,” says Ho. “I want to help them.”

Ho, a Gilbert resident, services clients in the Phoenix metro area and provides free estimates, installation of a platform bed garden and three follow-up consultation visits. He has installed gardens for clients ranging from 16 to 160 square feet. He amends the soil, builds the platforms, installs irrigation and plants the fruits and vegetables his customers wish to grow. He educates his clients on growing their garden in Arizona, which is different than growing gardens in other states due to the heat and the various types of soil in the area.

“Gilbert will have different soil from Chandler, because some of it was farm property before the land was developed for housing,” says Ho. “Some areas of Phoenix have red clay soil, and others have a sandy soil. Each has to be amended accordingly for gardens to grow.”

Ho practices what he preaches. In his backyard, he has a 50-square-foot vegetable garden with tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, cilantro, soybeans, green beans, onions, cucumbers and radishes. He also grows grapes, dwarf peach trees,

See Landscaper Page 42 Do it for dad by Lynda Exley

SanTan Sun area residents who have yet to decide what special gift to surprise dad with for Father’s Day or those looking to whisk him away for a fun event or dining experience might get some needed inspiration from these suggestions.

Feed him

Get a jump on celebrating dad’s day with the Father’s Day Breakfast with the Snakes, held at 10 a.m. June 19 at Chandler Environmental Education Center. Enjoy a light breakfast and experience nature with dad and the rest of the family. Learn about Arizona’s snakes and watch live snakes enjoy their breakfast, too. This event is appropriate for ages 3 and older with a parent, and the fee runs $14 to $18. Preregistration is required. EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. in Chandler. Info: 480-782-2890,,

Fat Cat celebrates summer with specials, wine tasting

by Joan Westlake

Fun specials along with new dishes by Chef Eldon Rose are heating up Fat Cat’s summer menu. Open since mid- February on San Marcos Place in downtown Chandler, the upscale, comfortable décor reflects Neal Washburn and co-owner Tom Nessier’s basic tenet: five-star food and service at three-star prices.

STSN photo by Gordon Murray

NEW ENTREES: Chef Eldon Rose of Fat Cat in downtown Chandler is adding new items to the dinner menu.

Washburn is not quite certain who came up with the whimsical name during a late-

night, preopening planning session. As he sat with Nessier and the rest of the team in the classic bar of the oldest building in downtown Chandler, Fat Cat seemed to represent their upscale service attitude while paying homage to the space’s original incarnation as the early 1900s Chandler Hotel and Salon.


TOGETHER: Play golf with dad at Bear Creek Golf Complex, which hosts a Father’s Day Parent-child golf tournament on Sun., June 20. See Page 44.

See For Dad Page 44

Large modern artwork and white table cloths mesh seamlessly with the towering antique bronze and tin ceiling and original concrete floor featuring bullet holes from the building’s rowdy past. The bar boasts art-glass pendant lights, an expansive mirror and a pair of hi-def televisions.

See Fat Cat Page 42 STSN photo by Miachelle DePiano

ORGANIC GARDENER: Edible Landscapes owner Jeff Ho grows organic food in his home garden and teaches others how to do the same.

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