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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 SW Corner of the Show

Friday, October 19th

10:30 Growing Herbs Donna Lorch

Learn how to prep the soil, select herbs that grow well, plant & maintain along with successfully growing in pots. Herb samples will be available to touch & taste. The Low Desert Herb Gardening Handbook by the Arizona Herb Assoc. $10

11:45 Prime Time Veggie Garden Emily Heller

Wishing for homegrown produce? Fall is prime time to plant a vegetable garden. Learn what grows best this season & how to produce your very own bounty

1:00 Successful Container Gardening Kari Spencer

Learn to grow your own food, flowers, bulbs and succulents in containers, the best containers for each type of plant, potting mix recipes plus preparation & care

2:15 Composting Made Simple Bonnie Newhoff

Interested in composting but don’t know how to start? Join us for a simple explanation of the methods & materials needed to produce the best supplement for our soil

Saturday, October 20th

10:30 Pruning Shrubs & Trees Chris Geldis

Take a seat for this intro to the basics of how and when shrubs & trees should be pruned for maximum health, minimum maintenance and resistance to wind breakage

11:45 Soil Preparation Pam Perry

Discover the importance of adding amendments and working the soil when planting non-desert-adapted plants, particularly veggies & annual flowers. We will help you understand the what, how & why

1:00 Fall Garden Planning Tips Pam Perry

Learn how to get the most from your garden space & plan for maximum production of your favorite fall crops. This is the best season to plant much of what we love to grow & eat. The Arizona Master Gardener Press book Desert Gardening for Beginners $10

2:15 Growing Herbs in Containers or in the Ground Doreen Pollock

So many herbs can fill your landscape & containers with not only beautiful plants but also deliciously edible. This basic information will help you jump right in to knowing what, when & how to grow herbs. The Low Desert Herb Gardening Handbook $10

3:30 Water Features Paul Holdeman

This beautiful & inspirational presentation will show you how easily you can add a low maintenance water feature to enhance an existing landscape

Sunday, October 21st

10:30 Citrus Selection & Care Debora Moritz

Learn the best practices for success with citrus & fill your kitchen with delicious fruit. Topics include: selection, planting, watering, fertilization, pruning & pest management. The University of Arizona special supplement Citrus and Deciduous Fruit $5

11:45 Agaves, Aloes & More Debora Moritz

Discover the huge array of alternatives provided by succulents, the best planting locations and the steps to ensure their health & vitality. See striking easy-to-grow plants that are well adapted to our desert

1:00 Overseeding & Winter Lawn Care Bob Kampfe

Come learn how to overseed with perennial ryegrass to have a green lawn all winter long. Topics covered include: proper watering, fertilizing & mowing as well as spring transition back to bermudagrass

2:15 Year Round Blooming Desert Adapted Plants Beth Rohlfs

Discover what plants will provide color in your yard and tips to help them thrive by proper pruning, fertilizing, watering & maintenance. You will also learn the pieces, parts and components of a typical irrigation system plus how to adjust watering for healthy plants & trees