Tag: Gardening

“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…

Meet Marylee Pangman

Zann Wilson Your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are pleased to bring Marylee Pangman to our Thursday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. online program, “Become the Master of Your Desert Container Garden.” Marylee is the founder and former owner of Tucson’s The Contained Gardener. With more than 25 years of successfully designing and growing potted gardens in…

Back to the Garden: A Tale of Two Cacti

  Sheilah Britton For many of us who live in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch, the saguaro (pronounced “suh-wahr-oh”) Carnegiea gigantea is a much sought after and central focal point of your landscape palette. It has, after all, been an iconic symbol of the Southwest since the mid-1800s and grows only in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Mexico,…

Back to the Garden

September: The Perfect Pause Sheilah Britton September is like a sigh of relief in the desert. Temperatures begin to fall, nights take on soft breezes, and we slowly return to spending more time outdoors in the middle of the day. While we can’t count on everyday being mild, the shorter daylight hours assure us that…

Backyard Bats

Zann Wilson Your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invite you to join our virtual Community Education via Zoom on Thursday, September 17, at 1 p.m. Arizona time. Scott Richardson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, will present “Backyard Bats.” Scott has responsibility over the previously endangered lesser long-nosed bat. Scott first became interested in bats while…

Back to the Garden—Ocotillo: Dead or Alive?

Sheilah Britton If you ventured from your shelter in place into Oro Valley or Tucson last spring, you might have seen a glorious array of flowering Ocotillo in the medians of nearly every street you traveled. The slim, un-branched gray spires are covered in thorns and close green leaves and topped with tubular clusters of…

Master Gardener Interns Complete Master Gardeners Class

Front row (left to right): 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.

Jay Dunn On Feb. 13, 17 interns completed the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardener course, which included 13 weeks of class, a test, and two mock plants in the field. After the test review, they celebrated at the home of Master Gardener Alison Lang. This is a short course sponsored by University of Arizona College of…