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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Maricopa County Master Gardener

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The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County has a vibrant and active Master Gardener program and volunteer force. There are three parts to becoming and staying a Certified Master Gardener: 1) attending the training, which provides novice and experienced gardeners alike with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills, and 2) sharing at least 25 hours of expertise and time with the public through organized volunteer activities, and 3) earning at least 12 hours of personal continuing education.
If you are interested in learning more about the Master Gardener program or applying for the upcoming class, please visit the "How do I become a Master Gardener?" page.

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Several times a year the Valley Permaculture Alliance in conjunction with SRP or APS provide educational forums for area homeowners. If they qualify, many do, they get free trees to plant in their yard. Today, Master Gardeners and other groups got to volunteer in Queen Creek, handing out and teaching people about the many benefits of desert trees.

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new photo has been shared | 4 weeks 13 hours ago

Tecoma and remnants of poppies add vibrant colors.

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new photo has been shared | 1 month 12 hours ago

Lavender does very well with a little assistance. This Master Gardener has this one in a bed with a western exposure. She makes sure it gets some shade by planting Zinnia's to the west of it in the summer.

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new photo has been shared | 1 month 12 hours ago