‘Gardening for Hummingbirds in the Desert’ October 19

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener

Your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invite you to attend an in-person presentation with Carianne Funicelli on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. ‘Gardening for Hummingbirds in the Desert.’ Funicelli will be speaking in the La Mesa/La Montana Rooms at La Hacienda in SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Do you enjoy hummingbirds in your garden? Learn how to provide them with the year-round nectar they need using beautiful, low-maintenance native plants in your garden! More than 20 native plants will be discussed. A bloom calendar handout will be provided, along with some seeds that you can plant right away in your yard!

After receiving a degree in botany, Funicelli moved to Tucson in 1998, specifically because she loves the native plants of the Sonoran Desert. Since then, she has become a well-known advocate for native plant conservation and restoration and has conducted projects large and small throughout the southwest region, both in wild areas and urban landscapes.

Funicelli has served as the president of the Society for Ecological Restoration, Southwest Chapter and of the Tucson Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society, as well as a term as the Wildlife Habitat Representative on the City of Tucson’s Landscape Advisory Committee. She has worked in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors over the past 20 years, and recently has started her own consulting firm, Strategic Habitat Enhancements (SHE), which allows her to help clients bring nature to their yards with strategic native plant choices. She is an Advanced SmartScape Instructor for Pima County as well as a frequent instructor for Master Gardeners.

If you have questions, contact Sheilah Britton at [email protected].