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Master Gardeners Seminars

Master Gardeners Seminars

Meet with the friendly University of Arizona's trained Master Gardeners at their FREE seminars specializing in low desert gardening and garden know-how. View the daily times and topics below. Do you have a turfgrass question? Master Gardener & Certified Turfgrass Professional, Sharon Dewey, will be available to answer your questions at the Master Gardener stage Seminars held in the SE corner

Friday, July 14th, 2017

10:30 What to Do in Your Yard July-September Don Sutton

Discover what landscape work needs immediate attention & what can be left to other times of the year. This session will cover watering, pruning, fertilizing & dealing with pests

11:45 Landscape Watering Jim Oravetz

Learn how to properly water for strong, healthy, beautiful plants with the additional benefit of a lower water bill. Handout included & soil moisture probes available for $20

1:00 Citrus Care David Haase

Best practices for success with citrus in the desert: selection, watering, fertilizing, pruning & pest management. A Citrus and Deciduous Fruit Special Supplement available for $5

2:15 Successful Container Gardening Kari Spencer

Learn to grow your own food, flowers, bulbs & succulents in containers; the best containers for each type, potting mix recipes, container prep & transplanting. You will also learn how to properly water, feed & care for your plants. Handout included

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

10:30 Good-bye Lawn, Hello Food Doreen Pollack

Follow Doreen’s journey through converting a grass lawn into an edible yard. Also, learn how to solarize & enhance the soil for your new garden. Handout included

11:45 Landscape Watering Jim Oravetz

Learn how to properly water for strong, healthy, beautiful plants with the additional benefit of a lower water bill. Handout included & soil moisture probes available for $20

1:00 Pesticide Use & YOUR Safety Kris Coates

Did you know that even “organic” pesticides could be harmful to you, your family & pets? Join this presentation on basic pesticides (plus herbicides) and learn how to use them safely & appropriately. Handouts included

2:15 15 Basic Pruning – Getting Trees Ready for the Monsoons Kris Coates

Discover the basics of how & when trees should be pruned for maximum health but minimal maintenance. Learn these basics whether you do your own yard work or hire someone to do it

3:30 101 Worm Composting Gail Latour

Find out how worms can be used to turn veggie & fruit scrapes into “Black Gold,” an organic nutrient for our soil. It’s a fun & easy way to compost says Gail, vermiculturist & Master Gardener

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

10:30 Soil Preparation for Your Garden Pam Perry

When planting non-desert adapted plants, particularly vegetables & annual flowers, it’s important to add soil amendments & work the soils. We will help you understand the what, the how & the why. The Desert Gardening for Beginners: How to Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs available for $10

11:45 Landscape Watering Jim Oravetz

Learn how to properly water for strong, healthy, beautiful plants with the additional benefit of a lower water bill. Handout included & soil moisture probes available for $20

1:00 00 Monsoon Vegetable Planting: October Harvest Prep Pam Perry

Humidity, storms, wind, perhaps even rain make the idea of monsoon planting seem contra-indicated! However, for the intrepid gardener who ventures out to plant just a few seeds or transplants, fall kicks in with wonderful rewards. Learn the tricks of the planting calendar to make your fall rich in fresh produce. Calendars available for $5

2:15 Preparing Plants for the Fall Beth Rohlfs

How minimal summer yard work can still give you that beautiful landscape for the fall. Topics will include fertilizing, pruning, watering for trees, shrubs, lawns, cactus & plant times for specific plants

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