Tag: Gardening

Back to the Garden: Elusive Desert Wildflowers

Sheilah Britton Snow is swirling outside my window as I write this morning and low clouds cling to the Catalina Mountains in the distance. Freezing temperatures are forecast for tonight, but as gray and cold as it is, this may be our best chance yet this winter to expect any wildflowers to bloom when spring…

Back to the Garden: High Altitude Orange Blossoms

Sheilah Britton The image of plump, colorful fruit against a background of verdant green foliage leaves a lasting impression on any visitor to the Southwest who has left a white, snow-covered universe in the midst of winter. There is something slightly liberating about being able to pick fruit from a tree in your backyard, peel…

Master Gardeners Presents: February Education Program

Sheilah Britton Your SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invite you to join us for an online Community Education program with Kim Matsushino of the Tucson Audubon Society on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Kim will speak on the topic “Creating Beneficial Habitats for Birds and Pollinators.” Kim Matsushino is a native Tucsonan who…

Sonoran Desert Winter Watering Guidelines

Joe Allen You may not realize it, but all plants and especially desert adapted plants* need much less water during the winter months of December through March. Due to much cooler temperatures, there is less water evaporation from the soil as well as less transpiration of water vapor by the plants themselves. Continuing summer watering…

Back to the Garden: Guardians of the Gardens

Master Gardeners presenting Fred and Pat Flanagan with a gift of gratitude for their many years of service.

Sheilah Britton Fred and Pat Flanagan lived in the Northeast for 35 years before visiting the Southwest. “We fell in love with this place,” Fred said. “When we first visited SaddleBrooke, we decided it was the place we’d settle.” They bought a home in SaddleBrooke in 1999 but it was 2006 before they actually made the…

“Winter Hardy Cactus” for Online Community Education

Zann Wilson Your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invite you to join us for an online Community Education program with our long-time friend and frequent presenter, Mark Sitter, owner of B and B Cactus Farm on East Speedway. Join the free Zoom webinar program on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. where Mark will discuss “Winter Hardy…

Master Gardeners Presents Gardening in the Desert

Linda Vautrin-Hale No time like the present to save your spot for the Master Gardeners Lecture Series, Springtime Gardening in the Desert. This is a new series of talks to be held on Wednesdays in February 2021 via Zoom. Lectures are free. These lectures are designed to resolve basic gardening issues along with gaining new knowledge about…

Back to the Garden: Mastering Your Garden

Front row (from left): Denise Windham Crowley, Roxanne Watson, Jean O’Brien, and Sheilah Bryant. Back row: Sherann Ellsworth, Fran Miller, Denise Edwards, Kathy Martin, Julie Larson, Julie Peek, Jeff Laub, Rob Peters, Laurie McCoy, Marilyn Kline, Barbara Arndt, and Jay Dunn.

Sheilah Britton I was recently awarded the certification of Master Gardener, an honor to be sure, but hardly an accurate description since I am still, and will probably forever be a life-long learner in this landscape. SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are university trained volunteers who serve as community educators. We work with the University of Arizona Cooperative…