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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.

What's Happening

Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference

Learn about trees, gardening techniques, eco-design and the good and harmful insects that live in our yards and gardens.

Our Sunday seminar schedule at Maricopa County Home Show at University of Phoenix Stadium:

10:30: Dos and Don’ts of Raised Beds by Don Sutton
If you’re thinking about making a raised bed, come to this seminar for what you need to know, when, and why. Handouts are included.

11:45: How to Keep your Plants Strong & Healthy by Jim Oravetz
Jim will help you understand the nutrient requirements of plants as well as how and when to apply fertilizer.

1:00: Year Around Blooming Desert Adapted Plants by Lee Ann Aronson
Come and get to know what Desert Adapted Plants will bloom for you year- round. You’ll get the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association booklet “Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert."

2:15: Summer Lawn Care by Sharon Dewey
Learn how to have a lawn that is the “green envy” of your neighborhood. Included are water conservation tips and information on how to fertilize, mow, and when to dethatch. Includes a monthly Turf Tip Guide handout and “Watering by the Numbers”.
Do you have a turfgrass question?

http://www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com/seminar-schedule/

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new status has been shared | 2 days 7 hours ago

Here's our Saturday seminar schedule at the Maricopa County Home Show at University of Phoenix Stadium:

10:30: Plant Clinic by Rebecca Senior, U of A Ornamental Horticulture and Master Gardeners
The wildly popular Plant Clinic at Maricopa County Cooperative Extension will be here to help you solve your plant problems. Bring your questions, pictures, plant samples, and insects in a jar and let the experts help you know what to do to remedy the problem.

11:45: How to Keep your Plants Strong & Healthy by Jim Oravetz
Jim will help you understand the nutrient requirements of plants as well as how and when to apply fertilizer.

1:00: Citrus Care by Dave Haase
Best practices for success with citrus in the low desert: selection, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and pest management. Bring your questions for this interactive presentation. Handout included.

2:15: Keeping your Plants Alive this Summer by Kris Coats
Come and learn about the importance of water and how to water efficiently to have healthy plants. You’ll save water and money with these simple tips. You’ll also get the most valuable free booklet you’ll ever get, “Watering by the Numbers”.

3:30: Bed Bugs by Kris Coates
You’ll learn what you need to know about bed bugs, how to avoid them, and if your unlucky and have them how to get rid of them.

http://www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com/seminar-schedule/

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new link has been shared | 3 days 7 hours ago

We are hiring a 2nd half-time secretary to work with our Agroecology and Agricultural Literacy programs. Great benefits and the opportunity to work with a fantastic team.
Please encourage interested folks to visit: http://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=212781

Maricopa County Master Gardeners | A new status has been shared | 3 days 10 hours ago