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A Force For Nature

OFFICED IN THE ERSTWHILE BEDROOM OF AN HISTORIC ADOBE, Christine Conte, Ph.D., isn’t dreaming … she’s living her dream. As the executive director of the wondrous Tohono Chul Gardens, Galleries and Bistro, Conte says the position is an amalgam of her favorite things. “Everything that I’ve always loved and cared about from my earliest memories is part of Tohono Chul and that is connecting nature, art and culture.”

Conte grew up as part of an extended Italian family in Hyde Park, New York; her parents took her to art museums regularly and provided art supplies and encouragement at home. “My father painted in his spare time and my mother was an amazing gardener and flower arranger. I spent most of my childhood outdoors exploring the woods, fields and streams near our house either on foot or horseback.” Conte also fondly remembers a rather tall, wellheeled neighbor lady. “My mother would nudge me to say hello to Mrs. Roosevelt in the supermarket. The elegant Eleanor pushed her own cart, recalls Conte. “I learned how to carry myself in the world by watching her.”

The petite administrator wears a crown of spiky platinum hair, and funky oval eyeglass frames, a flourish of rhinestones at the corners. Her to-be-envied olive skin often is adorned with selfdesigned jewelry. She first came to Tucson as a graduate student in the mid-’70s, pursuing a Master’s degree in Museum Studies at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Anthropology — just the start of a résumé that sings with accomplishment. For four years Conte lived in the Niger Republic, West Africa, working as a cultural anthropologist for the Smithsonian, collecting women’s arts of the region. She studied in Mexico and Guatemala, speaks five languages and served as director of marketing and communications for The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and as director of The Center for Sonoran Desert Studies at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She also worked as a production partner for the Arizona Public Media program The Desert Speaks.

Christine Conte, Ph.D., executive director of Tohono Chul, says her position combines her favorite things — nature, art and culture. Photo by Tom Spitz.
Christine Conte, Ph.D., executive director of Tohono Chul, says her position combines her favorite things — nature, art and culture. Photo by Tom Spitz.

For the last eight years, however, Dr. Conte has been at the helm of Tohono Chul, whose name in O’odham translates to “desert park.” It has been deemed one of the best botanical gardens in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Once considered a city outlier, the gardens are just west of the intersection of Ina and Oracle Roads, hidden by tangles of all floras Sonoran. Dick and Jean Wilson created Tohono Chul by gifting their home and property in the late ’80s, and three decades later Tohono Chul is 49 acres of art, educational and performance offerings, succulents and succulent things to eat.

The Garden Bistro has been a favorite for years and features foodstuffs grown in the on-grounds ethnobotanic gardens. Breakfast for Conte may be an “amazing” fresh-made pistachio muffin. “I also love the diversity of salads, and the chile relleno is a masterpiece,” she enthuses.

Welcome is her mantra … and visitors, members and school classes are welcomed to the park at a Conte-curated entrance. One may go left or right, but each way leads to a visual delight — gardens, exhibits, shops or the heralded Bistro. Prior to her arrival, Tohono Chul’s entrance was a rather inelegant stick-straight graded pathway that left nothing to the imagination and older patrons in need of a bench.

Welcome also manifests in Conte’s mandate to build and maintain a healthy organizational culture. The voices of employees, docents and volunteers alike are heard and appreciated. “Honing talents and inspiring employees to feel a sense of ownership” is what she says is her mission.

You’ll find those inspired humans happy to educate or guide as you wander Tohono Chul’s paths, which are designed to encourage exploration and meandering. The unique designations include the Sin Agua Garden, the Desert Palm Oasis, Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens as well as a one-of-a-kind Penstemon Garden — a nectar-rich wildflower species.

The lush grounds will accommodate a new $1.5 million pavilion by next fall. Designed by award-winning architect and Tohono Chul board member John Douglas, the facility will accommodate 420 people for presentations, or 240 at tables for dining. The pavilion will be powered by the sun, and its roof will collect rainwater for the gardens. “We simply could not accommodate all who want to attend performances and special events,” explains Conte about the reason for the new build. “It’s neither about the money, nor the building. It’s what we can do to build community.”

Rotating on a quarterly basis, the art exhibits in Tohono Chul’s galleries almost exclusively feature Arizona artists. Docents meet with exhibit curators to pass on knowledge and history to the curious. Conte admits she may have to fashion herself a pair of blinders, as the park gift shop and gallery offerings are so appealing. She sighs with pleasure identifying her latest acquisition, a photo of three butter-yellow blossoms that is so beautiful, the urge to touch must be stifled.

Conte urges membership to Tohono Chul, commenting, “No matter what’s going on in the world, you can come here and feel at peace.” — Betsy Bruce

Holiday Gift

The Sugar Plum Fairy (Megan Steffens) and her Cavalier (Vasily Boldin) in the Grand Pas De Deux.

 

Holiday Gift

Each year Ballet Tucson, the community’s resident, professional ballet company, presents a full-length, traditional version of The Nutcracker that is the perfect way to open your seasonal celebrations.

BY SCOTT BARKER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ED FLORES

This is the big kick off to the holiday festive season,” says Mary-Beth Cabana, founding artistic director to Ballet Tucson. She is speaking, of course, about the company’s annual production of The Nutcracker, which is much more than just a time-honored ballet. It’s an experience, with so much to delight the senses that it’s nearly impossible to take it all in from just one performance. Immortal music? Check. Amazing classical choreography? Check. Story that appeals to all ages? Check. And Cabana points out another reason why her company’s production of this seasonal favorite is not to be missed. “Because of the dancers who are new to the company or who have just recently joined, the bar has been raised on the quality of the dancing. We have quite an extensive roster. The last time I counted it was something like 24 states and three countries represented. There are 33 people in the professional company now, 19 women, eight men and seven apprentices.”

Among the newer faces to watch, she points out Shannon Quirk, who was the principal ballerina for Madison Ballet for seven years. “She’s a huge asset,” notes Cabana, “and I think she’s going to be lovely in some of the featured roles in Nutcracker.”

Other dancers who are making names for themselves include Vasily Boldin, originally from Russia, who has been with the company the last two seasons; Isaac Hawkersmith, who was with the Carolina Ballet for five seasons; Jake Howard from Ballet Austin; Tim Coleman from the Rochester City Ballet; and Kaitaro Kodama, most recently with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, who Cabana says is, “young but has a lot of potential.”

Sugar Plum Fairy (Jenna Johnson)
Sugar Plum Fairy (Jenna Johnson)

With phenomenal dancers such as Jenna Johnson still leading the way, the company is benefiting greatly from this mix of seasoned pros and exciting new talent. “There’s a lot of rejuvenation with the existing dancers and excitement in the ranks because there’s some new energy there, some new blood, and I think that’s healthy for everyone. The dancers are all working super hard and at the top of their game.”

But The Nutcracker is about so much more than showcasing the talents of skilled professional dancers. It’s one of the few ballets that welcomes youngsters into its charming narrative. “In doing this full length version of the ballet, we try to keep the joy and wonder of the holiday season reflected in our production, and to highlight the fact that we have a high level of professional dancers in our company, but it’s also really a child’s story,” says Cabana. “It’s about beauty, joy and wonder being shown through the eyes of a child. We incorporate a lot of children from the community in the production. It’s really the one time of the year where it feels really appropriate to have a good number of kids in the cast.”

Some of those kids may never grace a dance stage again. For others, it’s the first step in a long, but rewarding journey. “We’ve always prided ourselves on preparing children at the level that they’re ready to dance, making the rehearsal process a really fulfilling experience for them, and teaching them to do even the most simple things in the production to the very best of their ability. We want them to take pride in that, and to understand that one day some of them who are being little mice and angels in the production can end up being the Sugar Plum Fairy. In our history, we’ve had that happen.”

Many times, the gorgeous music of Tchaikovsky and the holiday theme of the story are what lures audiences in to see the ballet. But once they’ve experienced it, they are hungry for more dance performances. In the case of Ballet Tucson, there are two crowd-pleasing concerts lined up to follow The Nutcracker. On Feb. 1-3, 2019, the company presents “Viva Piazzolla!” a tribute to the great Argentine composer that is part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. The concert will be a collaboration with the Tucson Guitar Society and The Rogue Theatre, and will incorporate music by the Bandini Chiacchiaretta Duo, vocals by Carlos Zapien, and dances choreographed by Cabana and Chieko Imada.

Clara (Sierra Bogner)
Clara (Sierra Bogner)

In the spring (Mar. 8-10, 2019), the ever popular Dance & Dessert returns. The action-packed program will include the premiere of an adaptation of La Dame aux Camélias, which was the source for Verdi’s opera La Traviata. In this case, the music will be by Chopin, and Ballet Master Daniel Precup has created the choreography that tells the dramatic story of “the fallen woman.” A big highlight of that concert, too, will be the third ballet by George Balanchine that the company has done — Donizetti Variations. “We’re really excited because not every company in the United States is granted permission to do the works by Balanchine, so we’ve reached a certain level of achievement on a national level,” explains Cabana. “This particular ballet is a feather in our cap because there’s normally a progression of ballets that [the New York City Ballet] presents to you in a certain order, and this is one that they give you a little further down the line.” The performance also will include some little dance gems so that audiences will be able to enjoy — much like the scrumptious array of goodies that will be available after the concert — a satisfying variety. TL

Ballet Tucson
The Nutcracker

TCC Music Hall
Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9, 1 p.m.

For more information visit www.ballettucson.org.

Top Dentists

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Who compiles the list? topDentists, LLC, based in Augusta, Georgia, has compiled a nationwide list of top-rated dentists. Do dentists pay to be on the list?

How many dentists in the immediate Tucson area are on the list? 126 How is the list determined? Read on …

Endodontics

Endodontics

Tung B. Bui
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
www.saendo.com

David G. Burros
Southern Arizona Endodontics
7493 North Oracle Road, Suite 217 Tucson, AZ 85704
520-322-0800
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Christopher Douville
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Daniel B. Funk
Southern Arizona Endodontics
7493 North Oracle Road, Suite 217 Tucson, AZ 85704
520-322-0800
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Dean M. Hauseman III
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Paul G. Hobeich
Hobeich Endodontics
6600 North Oracle Road, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85704
520-209-2600
www.hobeichendo.com

John R. Hughes
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Justin S. Hughes
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Jeffery Keippel
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Thomas R. Kramkowski
Southern Arizona Endodontics
1011 North Craycroft Road, Suite 107 Tucson, AZ 85711
520-322-0800
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Oscar M. Pena
OMP Endodontics
1605 East River Road, Suite 151 Tucson, AZ 85718
520-299-6662
www.ompendo.com

John P. Smith
Southern Arizona Endodontics
7493 North Oracle Road, Suite 217 Tucson, AZ 85704
520-322-0800
www.saendo.com

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Michael D. Allen Sabino Hills Family Dentistry 9155 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 127 Tucson, AZ 85749 520-760-6044 www.familytucsondentist.com

Lenny W. Arias 5575 East River Road, Suite 171 Tucson, AZ 85750 520-299-5122 www.sabinodental.com

Robert Z. Badalov 801 North Wilmot Road, Suite G Tucson, AZ 85711 520-745-0321 www.drrobertbadalov.com

Jacqueline R. Bennett The Art of Dentistry 1200 North El Dorado Place, Suite C-320 Tucson, AZ 85715 520-886-3303 www.bennettdds.com

Roger C. Biede II 1238 West Orange Grove Road, Suite 102 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-797-1240 www.rogerbiededds.com

Robert C. Brei 4820 East Camp Lowell Drive Tucson, AZ 85712 520-325-9000 www.drbrei.com

James K. Brimhall Brimhall Family Dentistry 2300 North Craycroft Road, Suite 2 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-1220 www.Ilovemydentaloffice.com

R. Anthony Burrows Desert Springs Family Dentistry 7320 North La Cholla Boulevard, Suite 134 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-575-5900 www.desertspringsfamilydentistry.com

Anthony C. Caputo Southwest Dental Anesthesia Services 4723 East Camp Lowell Drive Tucson, AZ 85712 520-571-7951 www.southwestdentalanesthesia.com

Alexa Carrara Campbell Dental Group 3320 North Campbell Avenue, Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85719 520-322-0600 www.campbellavedental.com

Annette Carrillo 2680 East Valencia Road, Suite 130 Tucson, AZ 85706 520-889-2747

John R. Carson 7415 East Tanque Verde Road Tucson, AZ 85715 520-514-7203 www.johnrcarsondds.com

A. Jay Citrin 5601 North Oracle Road, Suite 121 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-887-8771 www.drjaycitrin.com

Robert H. Collier 6650 North Oracle Road, Suite 120 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-297-7263 www.collierdentistry.com

Luis A. Cueva, Jr. TMJ Disorders Orofacial Pain Center 850 North Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85710 520-298-9186 www.jaw-pain.net

William H. Daggett 4676 East Fifth Street Tucson, AZ 85711 520-323-1462

Adam R. Dalesandro Derickson & Dalesandro 762 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-327-5993 www.drderickson.com

Deron M. Davenport Davenport & Davenport Dental Practice 2300 North Craycroft Road, Suite 3 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-886-2546 www.davenportdds.com

Richard C. Davis 2777 North Campbell Avenue, Suite A Tucson, AZ 85719 520-795-9202 www.richarddavisdds.com

John A. Dehnert Dehnert Dental 3945 East Fort Lowell Road, Suite 209 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-628-2818 www.dehnertdental.com

Jeffrey C. Derickson Derickson & Dalesandro 762 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-327-5993 www.drderickson.com

Norman P. Don Riverwalk Dental 4015 East Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 129 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-795-1316 www.riverwalkdental.net

Phillip W. Don, Jr. 4725 East Camp Lowell Drive Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-5301 www.phillipdondds.com

Jesse Engle Presidio Dental 8740 North Thornydale Road, Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85742 520-744-7388 www.presidiodental.com

James M. Flynn Flynn Dentistry 12470 North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Suite 100 Oro Valley, AZ 85755 520-575-9449 www.flynndentistry.net

Bryan R. Foulk Foulk Famiily Dentistry 7229 North Thornydale Road, Suite 149 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-744-3480 www.foulkdental.com

Sandra W. Gibson Gibson Dental 5445 North Kolb Road, Suite 205 Tucson, AZ 85750 520-577-7667 www.doctorgibson.com

Christopher M. Granillo 2300 North Craycroft Road, Suite 6 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-298-5556 www.granillodentistry.com

Michael A. Grossman Grossman Dental Health 6246 East Pima Street, Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-5577 www.grossmandentalhealth.com

R. Todd Haft Northridge Dental 16215 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85739 520-825-2195 www.northridgedentalaz.com

Kevin R. Haley Cañada Hills Dental 10325 North La Cañada Drive, Suite 181 Tucson, AZ 85737 520-877-3234 www.canadahillsdental.com

Kathrine Hammel Hammel Dentistry 6026 East Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-647-2888 www.hammeldentistry.com

Eric C. Hardy Dental Care on Golf Links 8975 East Golf Links Road Tucson, AZ 85730 520-886-6054 www.dcgl.org

Sonia S. Hariri Craycroft Dental Care 1840 North Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-886-2822 www.shariridds.com

Hurley R. Harrell 2710 North Campbell Avenue Tucson, AZ 85719 520-795-2882 www.harrelldent.com

Robert F. Hawke 1575 North Swan Road, Suite 200 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-441-2004 www.drhawke.com

Jess Haymore 1830 East Innovation Park Drive Oro Valley, AZ 85755 520-297-2514 www.innovationdentalov.com

Robert P. Hohenstein Hohenstein & Schwartz 2512 East Vistoso Commerce Loop Road Oro Valley, AZ 85755 520-797-4844 www.hsdentistry.com

Jared J. Kahl Dental Care on Golf Links 8975 East Golf Links Road Tucson, AZ 85730 520-886-6054 www.dentalcaretucson.com

F. Timothy Leong Bear Canyon Dentistry 8878 East Tanque Verde Road Tucson, AZ 85749 520-749-1230 www.bearcanyondentistry.com

Jeffery L. Martin Martin – Taylor Dentistry 7350 East Speedway Boulevard, Suite 201 Tucson, AZ 85711 520-747-9024 www.Martin-TaylorDentistry.com

Shawn M. McFarland 6828 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85710 520-296-8549 www.dentistsintucson.com

Carol A. McGonigle 1802 East Prince Road Tucson, AZ 85719 520-323-3186 www.carolmcgonigle.com

LeeAat Mednick Dehnert Dental 3945 East Fort Lowell Road, Suite 209 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-628-2818 www.dehnertdental.com

Jennifer Mohr Mohr Smiles 1101 North Wilmot Road, Suite 213 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-290-8900 www.mohrsmilestucson.com

Nicholas G. Mooberry 151 Dental Care 151 West Speedway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85705 520-623-2733 www.melvindixondds.com

Philip C. Mooberry Mooberry Dentistry 1757 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-795-7733 www.mooberrydentistry.com

Debra A. Oro Oro Dental Medicine 10425 North Oracle Road, Suite 125 Oro Valley, AZ 85737 520-297-2227 www.orodental.com

Robert J. Oro Oro Dental Medicine 10425 North Oracle Road, Suite 125 Oro Valley, AZ 85737 520-297-2227 www.orodental.com

Sharad N. Pandhi 5828 North Oracle Road, Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-293-2166 www.smileperfectionaz.com

Adam R. Pershing 2300 North Craycroft Road, Suite 4 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-722-2992 www.adamrpershingdmd.com

Michelle Romero-Chavez Pusch Ridge Dental 180 West Magee Road, Suite 158 Oro Valley, AZ 85704 520-742-0830 www.puschridgedental.com

John H. Rosenberg, Jr. Hillside Dental 7241 North Thornydale Road Tucson, AZ 85741 520-744-0700 www.cosmeticdentisttucson.com

Kevin M. Schmidtke Schmidtke Dentistry 7476 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741 520-297-2727 www.kevinschmidtkedentistry.com

Gregory S. Schwartz Hohenstein & Schwartz 2512 East Vistoso Commerce Loop Road Oro Valley, AZ 85755 520-797-4844 www.hsdentistry.com

Paul V. Spaeth 2165 West Orange Grove Road Tucson, AZ 85741 520-575-8800

David G. Spalding 7518 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741 520-887-4510

Anne E. Stolcis Adobe Dentistry 1640 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-323-9327 www.adobedentistry.com

Athena C. Storey Studio Dental 10550 North La Cañada Drive, Suite 106 Oro Valley, AZ 85737 520-575-5576 www.studiodentalaz.com

William H. Taylor Martin – Taylor Dentistry 7350 East Speedway Boulevard, Suite 201 Tucson, AZ 85710 520-747-9024 www.martintaylordentistry.com

Cory S. Wertz El Rio Health Center 1500 West Commerce Court Tucson, AZ 95746 520-670-3758

Timothy G. Wilson 1751 West Orange Grove Road, Building 2 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-797-8030 www.timwilsondentistry.com

Elahe Wissinger E Dental Solutions 2504 East River Road Tucson, AZ 85718 520-745-5496 www.edentalsolutions.net

John SooHyong Yu SmileMore Dental 12162 North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Suite 140 Oro Valley, AZ 85755 520-531-8207 www.smilemoredentalaz.com

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Angelle M. Casagrande Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 3150 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-6531 www.sazoms.com

Nicholas J. Coles Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 7455 East Tanque Verde Road Tucson, AZ 85715 520-745-2454 www.azoms.com

Jerome S. Holbrook Tucson Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1200 North El Dorado Place, Suite E-510 Tucson, AZ 85715 520-398-4453 www.tucsonoralsurgery.com

Caroline M. Kacer Casas Adobes Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 6471 North La Cholla Boulevard, Suite 101 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-742-6136 www.caosaz.com

Owen W. Kaiser 10325 North La Canada, Suite 181 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-742-6136 www.canadahillsdental.com

Daniel J. Klemmedson Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 3150 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-6531 www.sazoms.com

Timothy A. Lew Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 3150 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-6531 www.sazoms.com

Derek Miller Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 3150 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-745-6531 www.sazoms.com

Ronald C. Quintia Southern Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 6369 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 230 Tucson, AZ 85715 520-290-6800 www.drquintia.com

Negin Saghafi Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 7455 East Tanque Verde Road Tucson, AZ 85715 520-745-2454 www.azoms.com

John M. Schmidt Casas Adobes Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 6471 North La Cholla Boulevard, Suite 101 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-742-6136 www.caosaz.com

Robert S. Wood Arizona Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 7455 East Tanque Verde Road Tucson, AZ 85715 520-745-2454 www.azoms.com

Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Thomas M. Blase Blase Orthodontics 6373 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85715 520-296-1700 www.blasebraces.com

Anthony F. Delio Delio Orthodontics 3601 West Cortaro Farms Road, Suite 101 Tucson, AZ 85742 520-572-4244 www.delioorthodontics.com

Lindsay L. Don Davis Pediatric Dentistry 716 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-326-8516 www.tucsonkidsdentist.com

Larissa E. Freytag Grinz Orthodontics 7488 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85714 520-297-7575 www.grinzortho.com

Andrew L. Kassman Kassman 3D Orthodontics 6700 North Oracle Road, Suite 327 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-582-9698 www.drkassman.com

Eric J. Leber Leber Orthodontics 1647 North Alvernon Way, Suite 2 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-795-2323 www.leberortho.com

Matthew F. Linaker Linaker Orthodontics 8070 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704 520-531-1496 www.linakerorthodontics.com

Daniel E. Pearcy Orthodontic Specialists of Tucson 1320 West Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85704 520-742-1232 www.supersmilz.com

Yone V. Ponce Friendly Smiles Orthodontics 1601 North Tucson Boulevard, Suite 8 Tucson, AZ 85716 520-326-1101 www.friendlysmilesortho.com

Kyle S. Rabe Dr. Jaw Orthodontists 5747 East Fifth Street Tucson, AZ 85711 520-369-4491 www.drjaw.net

Mittida Raksanaves Orthodontic Specialists of Tucson 1320 West Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85704 520-742-1232 www.supersmilz.com

Laura Robison-Rabe Dr. Jaw Orthodontists 5747 East Fifth Street Tucson, AZ 85711 520-747-5297 www.drjaw.net

Andrew T. Rosen 1865 North Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85715 520-290-0500 www.bracesbydrdrew.com

James A. Weaver Dr. Jaw Orthodontics 5747 East Fifth Street Tucson, AZ 85711 520-747-5297 www.drjaw.net

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

Priya Y. Abramian Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 5920 North La Cholla Boulevard, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-544-4171 www.tucsonsmilesaz.com

Norman J. Bunch Northwest Children’s Dentistry 7610 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741 520-544-8522 www.nwkidsdds.com

Adam Davis Davis Pediatric Dentistry 750 East Pusch View Lane, Suite 150 Oro Valley, AZ 85737 520-365-1118 www.tucsonkidsdentist.com

Charles “Chad” Davis, Jr. Davis Pediatric Dentisty 716 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-326-8516 www.tucsonkidsdentist.com

Charles A. Davis, Sr. Davis Pediatric Dentisty 716 North Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85716 520-326-8516 www.tucsonkidsdentist.com

Laila B. Hishaw Tucson Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 5920 North La Cholla Boulevard, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85741 520-544-4171 www.tucsonsmilesaz.com

Lauren Hobeich Davis Pediatric Dentistry 4566 North 1st Avenue, Suite 150 Tucson, AZ 85718 520-742-4118 www.tucsonkidsdentist.com

Michael LaCorte 8351 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704 520-297-5900 www.drlacorte.com

Kedar S. Lele Great Grins Children’s Dentistry 3953 East Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-325-4746 www.greatgrinsdds.com

Jennifer J. Marshall Northwest Children’s Dentistry 7610 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741 520-544-8522 www.nwkidsdds.com

Angela Wolfman Great Grins Children’s Dentistry 3953 East Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-325-4746 www.greatgrinschildrensdentistry.com

Andrew S. Zale El Rio Community Health Center 1500 West Commerce Court, Building 1 Tucson, AZ 85746 520-670-3909 www.elrio.org

Periodontics

Periodontics

Graig D. Brown 3148 North Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712 520-790-2151 www.perioaz.com

Wayne K. Goodner 1751 West Orange Grove Road, Suite 101 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-742-4227 www.drgoodner.com

Brien V. Harvey 899 North Wilmot Road, Suite E2 Tucson, AZ 85711 520-745-5722 www.drharvey.info

James R. Knochel 801 North Wilmot Road, Suite E1 Tucson, AZ 85711 520-747-7944 www.knocheldds.com

Lisa A. Lear 6367 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 210 Tucson, AZ 85715 520-577-3935 www.leardentalimplants.com

Clark R. Mackelprang Tucson Dental Implants & Periodontics 2330 North Rosemont Boulevard, Suite A Tucson, AZ 85712 520-327-0263 www.gumsandimplants.com

Jared D. Roberts 1751 West Orange Grove Road, Suite 101 Tucson, AZ 85704 520-742-4227 www.drgoodner.com

Clyde M. Robinson III Tucson Dental Implants & Periodontics 2330 North Rosemont Boulevard, Unit A Tucson, AZ 85712 520-327-0263 www.gumsandimplants.com

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics

Ryan C. Farnum Arizona Prosthodontics 7556 North La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741 520-323-2900 www.drfarnum.com

E. Karina Keys Catalina Dental 8315 North Oracle Road, Suite 101 Oro Valley, AZ 85704 520-825-9305 www.catalinadental.com

Howard M. Steinberg 2385 North Ferguson Avenue, Suite 111 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-886-3030 www.tucsonsmile.com TL

Howard M. Steinberg 2385 North Ferguson Avenue, Suite 111 Tucson, AZ 85712 520-886-3030 www.tucsonsmile.com TL

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Touche Garden

Pansies, Petunias and Panache

This homeowner has a passion for planting colorful annuals to enliven her patios.

BY ROMI CARRELL WITTMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY HASKELL

Homeowner Perri Touche takes a moment to enjoy her garden.

Floral displays add splashes of color to this seating area adjacent to the pool. Floral displays add splashes of color to this seating area adjacent to the pool.

Tucked away on a northeast-side cul-de-sac, sitting amid two lush acres, is the home of Perri and Steven Touche. The highlight of the property is Perri’s garden, which bursts into life from winter through spring. An avid gardener, Perri begins prepping her beds each fall, cultivating and nurturing an explosion of colorful, flowering plants that provide the perfect backdrop for get-togethers with family and friends.

The Sonoran Desert is a veritable paradise in wintertime, when mild temps and sunny days mean outdoor activities take center stage. This is especially true when it comes to gardening — with some planning and elbow grease, year-round color and lush gardenscapes can result.

Touche Garden

White wrought-iron patio furniture offers seating among the blooms
White wrought-iron patio furniture offers seating among the blooms.
An étagère in the background holds a collection of terra cotta filled with annuals.
An étagère in the background holds a collection of terra cotta filled with annuals.

Perri has been gardening for 30 of the 33 years they’ve lived in their home, and says that the key to it is understanding the region in which you’re working. “I’ve taken classes to learn what works and what doesn’t,” she says. “I call it ‘Plant Camp.’”

The gardening classes are tailored to Tucson’s specific needs, as well as those focused on the Lake Tahoe region, where the Touches also own a home.

One of the tricks she learned from “Plant Camp” was watering her plants before covering them in advance of a hard freeze. “The plants will never freeze if you do it that way,” she says. “If you don’t water them, they will freeze and probably die.”

Perri has created pretty and tranquil garden spaces in both the front and rear of their home. An array of colorful pots greets you as you approach the front door. This gorgeous display extends to the backyard, where multiple seating areas and relaxing nooks are framed by vibrant plantings. The brick patio area includes an outdoor fireplace with cooking space. Down a dirt path, there is a larger fire pit, perfect for fall nights and s’mores.

“It’s a great place to sit and relax with friends,” Perri says of the backyard garden. “We’ve hosted as many as 300 people here.”

Although Perri hires a landscaper to maintain the “big” areas, like the grass and trees, she is hands-on when it comes to her flowers. Every fall, usually in mid- October, she purchases as many as 50 flats of geraniums, snapdragons, gerbera daisies and other blooms. She gets most of her plants from Harlow Gardens, but also buys a few from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Gardening, she says, isn’t a cheap hobby, “but it’s a pretty one.”

Most days, she’s up at 4:30 a.m. and out in her garden by 5:15, where she spends up to an hour and a half deadheading and pruning. “When it’s dark, I usually start on the front patio where I can turn on lights,” she says with a laugh.

The Touches travel both to their home in Lake Tahoe and to Dallas to visit their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren — but Tucson remains home base.

Perri’s flurry of gardening begins in October but ends April, when it’s time to prune, pull and prepare for the next planting season. Still, the high point of the season for her are the gerberas. “I just love gerberas in Spring,” she says with a smile. HG

A large outdoor fireplace is flanked by a variety of annuals
A large outdoor fireplace is flanked by a variety of annuals

Richardson Home

Homeowner Nina Richardson photographed by Amy Haskell.
Homeowner Nina Richardson photographed by Amy Haskell.

Tree-riffic!

Holiday décor enlivens the Richardson home each year, with special help from a local floral designer.

WRITTEN BY DEBBY LARSEN | PHOTOS BY ROBIN STANCLIFF

Nina Richardson’s home portrays their personalities year-round, but this time of year it shines with holiday spirit. She and her husband David, a local anesthesiologist, purchased their place in the Catalina Foothills in 2011. As part of the renovation process, the Richardsons enlisted the expertise of interior designer and artist Kim Coffman of Fine Art Interiors. Her creativity is evident in the elegant décor — especially the formal living room, dining room and master suite.

The elegant formal dining room shimmers in tones of blue. Silver and glass ornaments and table décor complement the room’s ambience.
The elegant formal dining room shimmers in tones of blue.
Silver and glass ornaments and table décor complement the room’s ambience.
 The massive front entry door is framed with garlands of glass balls, ribbons and lights, flanked by toy soldiers. Design by Jacque Askren
The massive front entry door is framed with garlands of glass balls, ribbons and lights, flanked by toy soldiers.
Design by Jacque Askren
Bright red and chartreuse dominate this whimsical themed room, complete with Santa figure. Large-scale candy ornaments adorn this tree.
Bright red and chartreuse dominate this whimsical themed room, complete with Santa figure.
Large-scale candy ornaments adorn this tree.
A large flocked tree glimmers with garlands of brightly colored glass ornaments.
A large flocked tree glimmers with garlands of brightly colored glass ornaments.

“I have been working with Nina for more than four years,” Coffman notes, “and we just finished the complete remodel of the master bedroom. It really was a pleasure to work with Nina because she has a natural inclination toward design and attention to detail. She and I share a love of fabric, so when we were choosing textures for the custom bedding and headboard, we made sure the fabrics had a beautiful texture and aesthetic. It was amazing to see how perfectly Jacque Askren’s Christmas tree design works in the space.” Coffman also has worked with Askren and Nina in putting together vignettes throughout the home for other holidays, as well as everyday décor. Nina’s passion for creating lovely Christmas vignettes began with a prize she won at a Ballet Tucson fundraiser — a fully decorated tree donated by Askren & Sons, Inc. Nina met floral designer Jacque Askren when Jacque delivered the tree, and a friendship grew out of their shared appreciation for the traditions of the season. Every December, with Jacque’s help, the Richardsons’ home is filled with amazing theme trees and all types of décor — from the front entry to the back patio. Nina begins the process of creating her holiday scenes in November. For eight days, she unpacks the carefully categorized and labeled bins and starts her “labor of love.” This process is conveniently coordinated with her husband’s annual hunting trip to Vermont. When Jacque arrives, the duo gets to work adding or subtracting from last year’s collections. After a year in storage, some items need a bit of TLC. Nina’s favorite is a flocked tree she calls the “bubble gum tree” — a 10-footer that glistens with long garlands of glass balls. Jacque explains that when decorating voluminous trees, the use of large ornaments creates depth. “Sometimes when designing a new tree, a particularly beautiful ribbon will catch my eye and dictate a new theme.” On a tall tree, wide ribbons, tucked in and out of the branches, add movement around or down, and clusters of large bows, flowers or ornaments create pockets of interest.

The master bedroom suite shines with subtle tones of gold and taupe.
The master bedroom suite shines with subtle tones of gold and taupe.

In the master bedroom resides what Nina calls her “‘bling’ tree — lots of gold, shimmering ornaments of crowns and stars,” she says with a laugh.

The formal living room echoes the blue tone of the dining room, situated across the entry hall.
The formal living room echoes the blue tone of the dining room, situated across the entry hall.

The latest additions include nine-foot garlands, sporting oversized ornaments, to surround the large front doors. The entry hall chandelier is embellished with strands of LED lights, which hover over a large table display. Decorating is truly a family affair. The Richardsons’ two young daughters, Darya and Natalie, also get into the act by choosing their favorite color theme to coordinate with their bedrooms. Even Nina’s mother Mimi joins the fun. On the last tree, she sewed wide ribbons together to create a custom tree skirt. In the master bedroom resides what Nina calls her “‘bling’ tree — lots of gold, shimmering ornaments of crowns and stars,” she says with a laugh. The media room decorations are the most traditional, in reds and greens, complete with a life-sized figure of Santa. Here, whimsical figures seem to climb among the tree’s branches, with dozens of ornaments fashioned by Darya and Natalie. Giant red and white candies are placed among the chartreuse ribbons. The candy theme is repeated in the kitchen, with gingerbread house-style displays on both the center island and soffits. The collection started with just one house, and years later it has become a village. By the middle of December, each room gets a final nod of approval from Nina and Jacque for the Richardsons’ annual holiday event. “Let the party begin!” HG

Sources:
Askren & Sons Inc., askrenandsons.com
Fine Art Interiors, (520) 975-2947, www.fineartinteriors.com

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