Master Gardener Program

Master Gardening 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 afterschool 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 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,; Karen Turcott,; Richard Gibson, 520-836-5220 x227,; Terry Ellsworth, 520-836-5221 x202

June gardening lecture

Zann Wilson

The Gardeners Exchange in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invites you to attend “Vegetal Eroticism” a revealing look at the historic influence of plant reproduction on the 1900s era of forbidden sexuality. Join Dr. Joela Jacobs, UA assistant professor of German Studies, on Wednesday, June 19, at 1:00 p.m., Sol Ballroom at SaddleBrooke Ranch. Access the ballroom from the rear of the new Ranch House building on Amenity Drive.

Dr. Jacobs attained her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Germanic Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of 19th-21st century German literature with Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, Jewish Studies, the History of Sexuality and the History of Science. Around 1900, in this time of art nouveau imagery, Darwin’s discoveries and the emerging discipline of sexology, worries about nature’s “unnatural” and “amoral” sexual behaviors resulted in several decades of literary and curricular censorship of plant reproduction, even prohibiting botanical science education in German secondary schools. Are you curious? Come learn about this era of social and horticultural conflict in the air-conditioned space of our new ballroom.

No registration needed. Open seating. For more information, please contact Margaret Larmour at or 520-307-2100.