Master Gardener Program


July gardening lecture

Carol Crawford

The Gardeners Exchange in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invites you to attend “The Importance of Insect Fauna to Your Ecosystem” presented by Carl Olson, retired entomologist, who served as associated curator of the University of Arizona insect collection for 38 years on Thursday, July 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the West Ballroom of MountainView in SaddleBrooke.

Are you wondering what insects are crawling around on the plants in your yard? Carl Olson will help us identify some of the insect fauna we may encounter in our gardens, how to deal with them and explain their significance to our ecosystem. He is the author of two books on insects of the SW United States and many articles on various local insects and arthropods.

No registration needed. Open seating. For more information, please contact Carol Crawford at [email protected]

Master Gardener Training Course

Carol Crawford

The Master Gardener Training Course will once again be offered to all Pinal County residents. It will be held at SaddleBrooke on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon beginning November 7, 2019, through February 13, 2020. This is an intensive 13-week lecture series given by local Master Gardeners, guest lecturers from the University of Arizona and other professionals in various fields. Some of the many topics to be covered include botany, soils, desert adapted plants, citrus, irrigation, plant pathology, pest management and cacti/succulents. The course fee is $150 for individuals and $225 for couples, which includes all materials and the Master Gardener Manual from the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension.

The mission of Master Gardeners is to provide research-based education to the public with regard to any and all gardening issues. After completing the requirements for certification, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities by providing lectures for local residents, helping their friends and neighbors with plant and landscape information and engaging in other educational horticultural projects. Some Master Gardeners volunteer at the Mountain Vista Elementary School in the after-school garden program.

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of desert gardening, helping your community to have healthier and better acclimated plants and trees, please consider joining this program and becoming a certified Master Gardener.

For more information or to enroll in this course, please contact Carol Crawford at [email protected] or 856-577-5431. Please visit our website at for all up-to-date information and events for our SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch communities.

Other contacts: Laurie Foster, [email protected] and Karen Turcott, [email protected]