Master Gardener Program, U of A College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension Pinal County – November 2014

The SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners and their propagation team would like to thank everyone who came to our annual plant sale. You make our efforts worthwhile, and we appreciate your continued support of this worthwhile organization.

You are the reason we do what we do, and it is so nice to be able to contribute to our many SaddleBrooke gardens.

Should you wish to become a member of this great team, you can contact Kathie Griffin at [email protected].

Happy Planting.

How to choose a landscaper

The SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners presents “How to Choose a Landscaper” with Louise Grabell on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom East.

When facing the task of putting in both hardscape and greenery, it is very important to think through your needs, what you want as an outcome, and what effects you want to create. The landscaper you choose should be willing to work with you and your ideas so that the end product meets your standards. If necessary, you may have to work with two landscapers, one who can handle the rocks and boulders, etc., and one who can properly place the irrigation system with respect to the plants you want to grow. All of these and more issues will be discussed at this presentation.

Ask a Master Gardener begins at 12:30 p.m. Bring your questions and any plant or pest samples or photos. For information contact:

Zann Wilson at 219-263-3261, [email protected]

Richard Gibson at 520-836-5221 x 227, [email protected]

Terry Ellsworth at 520-836-5221 x 202, [email protected]

Gardening series comes to SaddleBrooke

High Desert Garden Basics is a mini-course for interested gardeners. This six-part gardening series sponsored by the SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners is designed for the home gardener wanting to learn more about growing things in our interesting and sometimes challenging desert environment. These classes will benefit gardeners of all experience levels. How to work with our soil? How much water is enough? What grows in the high desert? What is that strange bug? These classes will answer all those questions.

The course lectures will include: Working with our Soil and Good Irrigation Practices, Trees and Shrubs for the Desert, Selection and Care of Citrus, Cactus, Agaves and other Succulents, Flowering and Herbaceous Plants, and Diagnosing Pests and Plant Disease and their Controls.

This six-week course will be limited to 25 students and will require pre-registration. Course participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis. The cost for the six weeks of instruction is $30.

High Desert Garden Basics: consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 13 through February 17 from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Sonoran Room of MountainView clubhouse.

For questions or to register contact Kathie Griffin at [email protected].

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, Director, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture Life Sciences, The University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pinal County Cooperative Extension at 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, Ste. C, Casa Grande, AZ, toll free 866-836-5221.

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodations.