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Our Stories- A Blanket of Color in the Desert: Japanese-American Flower Growers of Phoenix

After World War II, the Nakagawa, Kishiyama and other Japanese-American families undertook farming along Baseline Road in south Phoenix. From the rocky desert soil at the foot of South Mountain, they established fertile farms with vegetables, and later, flowers. Gardens of bright fushia, light yellow, pale pink and violet-lavender flowers and the sweet smell attracted many tourists and local buyers. These fields became a landmark in Phoenix, and a legacy for the families who operated the farms. Members of the Nakagawa and Kishiyama family will share their history and personal experience on these farms, and the importance of Japanese-American contributions in Arizona. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Copper Room South
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