18th ANNUAL MASTER GARDENER HOME GARDEN TOUR
The Pima County Master Gardeners announce their 18th Annual Home Garden Tour to be held on April 1, 2017 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Four spectacular Master Gardener private home gardens will be showcased. Each venue will offer informative garden talks and demonstrations such as attracting garden pollinators, creating color in cactus gardens, selecting and sowing spring wildflowers, harvesting rainwater and protecting plants and garden tools through proper maintenance.
The Demonstration Gardens at the Cooperative Extension office (4210 N. Campbell Ave.) will also be open for touring and learning.
Ticket sales begin February 15, 2017 and may be purchased at the following Garden Centers: Arbico, Bach’s, EcoGro, Harlows, Mesquite Valley Growers, Plants for the Southwest, Rillito Nursery and at the Cooperative Extension Service office, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
Tickets may also be purchased prior to April 1 online at the PCMG Home Garden Tickets link below. Tickets are available on the day of the tour at each home garden and at the Extension
Demonstration Gardens on Campbell Avenue.
Tickets are $15 in advance/ $20 on-line and on the day of the tour. Click Here for Tickets For more information call 626-5161
The Featured Home Gardens for 2017 are decribed below with a map to each of these locations. Please also print the plant list for each garden attached below!
A Rocky Oasis. 1876 N. Camino de Oeste
These Master Gardeners have created multiple outdoor destinations to spotlight their creative and ever expanding collection of native, desert adapted and exotic plants. They have employed retaining walls, planting beds, water features and pathways that wind through their 1.3 acres to open up vistas and pockets of delightful and varied plantings. A greenhouse hosts a large collection of orchids which spill out into the garden when the weather permits.
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Do-It-Yourself Gabion Walls
- Growing Orchids in Tucson
Enchanted Ironwood Enclave. 1970 N. Calle Del Suerte
This garden is nestled in a Tucson Mountain Ironwood micro-climate. It hosts a wildflower and butterfly garden that erupts in spring color, an organic vegetable garden, an area open to wildlife with trees, cacti and specimen succulents such as an Argentine Giant and a Whale’s Tongue Agave, and a patio courtyard that includes vines, fig, citrus, sycamore, jacaranda, Texas olive, and floss silk trees.
- Selecting and Sowing Wildflowers For A Spectacular Spring Garden
- Gardening with Desert Critters
A View with a Garden. 1802 N Calle Del Suerte
This garden beautifully blends the use of sun-loving cactus and shrubs with shade-loving succulents. The homeowners positioned several seating areas to enjoy these plantings, and to be able to fully appreciate their spectacular views of the city and mountains. Many plants were chosen to attract pollinators like the dazzling display of queen butterflies drawn in during the blue mist flower bloom. Herbs are planted outside the back door for easy access by the cook. The garden has expanded around the sides of the house and merges into the natural desert area where a path allows the full enjoyment of the property.
- Creating Color in a Cactus Garden
- Made in the Shade Gardens
- Pollinators: Who are they and why and how do we lure them into our gardens?
A Garden For Sauntering. 3120 N. Crooked Trail
This three acre garden reflects the careful planning of the homeowners who have woven a quiet, contemplative area with a colorful, comfortable oasis. Four distinct labyrinths engender quiet reflection, while the patio area incorporates beautiful plantings with edible vegetables all set against breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina and Tortolita Mountains. Many of the plants used near the labyrinths were created from cuttings or were introduced as rescue cacti.
- Maintaining Your Gardening Tools B. Cactus Gardens in a Pot
- Designing and Building a Labyrinth
The Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. 4210 N. Campbell Ave
These 14 adjoining gardens showcase a wide array of planting themes and techniques, which vary from organic vegetable and fruit gardens to low water use and xeriscape desert gardens.
Extensive plant lists for each garden will be available on-line and at each garden.