The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

Maricopa 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.

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Turning Dreams Into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona two-day workshop is May 19 & 20,

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new link has been shared | 9 hours 35 min ago

Reduce Your Outdoor Water Use: Programming Your Irrigation Timer: Thursday, April 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Glendale Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.).

Curious about how to keep your grass green with less water? Come learn from an expert at this FREE CLASS! Watering efficiently is the easiest way to reduce your water bill and conserve this valuable resource.

This class provides hands-on instruction on how long and how often to run your water system as well as practice setting timers using actual timers. Soils probes will be given to class attendees.

Registration required call 623-930-3760 or emailing

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Other Beneficial Insects in the Low Desert include Ladybeetles.

The most common species found in Arizona is the convergent ladybeetle, named for the two converging white stripes on the back of its thorax. Lady bird beetles consume thousands of aphids.

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new link has been shared | 1 week 11 hours ago