19th ANNUAL MASTER GARDENER HOME GARDEN TOUR
The 19th Annual Pima County Master Gardener Home Garden Tour will be held on April 14th from 9:00 to 3:00 in midtown Tucson. Four fantastic gardens of graduates of the Master Gardener Program will dazzle you with a focus on design and art in the garden. The gardens at the Pima County Cooperative Extension will also be open for touring. Topics of varied interest will be discussed at each site, including gardening in small spaces and in the shade; how to utilize rain and grey water; the basics of garden design; and even raising chickens in the city! Plant lists for each garden are available online and at each garden. You can increase your gardening knowledge and gather new ideas while enjoying lovely spring weather in Arizona.
See link below for maps.
Tickets go on sale March 2, 2018. They can be purchased for $20.00 online and on the day of the tour at each site. Or, buy in advance for $15 at the following locations:
Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson AZ, 85719
Arbico Organics, 64510 E Monte Largo Pl., Tucson, AZ, 85738
Bach's Cactus Nursery, 8602 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85742
Eco Grow, 657 W. St. Mary's Rd., Tucson, AZ 85701
Harlow's Gardens, 8560 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ, 85712
Mesquite Valley Growers, 8005 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85715
Plants of the Southwest, 50 W. Blacklidge, Tucson, AZ 85705
Rillito Nursery, 6303 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85714
Tickets may be purchased at each home garden and at the Extension's Demonstration Gardens on the day of the tour.
Extensive plant lists will be available.
See links below for more detailed Garden Descriptions.
For more information call 520-626-5161.
Gardens at La Finca, 4540 E. Cerro De Aquila
After walking by a cactus garden you will enter into a wondrous, personalized retreat. This previously overgrown four acre property has been transformed by imaginative design with captivating details at every turn. The owners considered many factors including the site and views, water flow and usage, seasonal changes and wildlife in their long term planning. During your visit take in the pollinator garden, specially designed raised vegetable beds, a nature walk among rescued plants and areas for leisure and entertaining with a panoramic view of the city.
The Basics of Garden Design
Revegetating with Rescue Plants
Funkadelica, 5433 E. Burns
Art is everywhere in this delightful garden! It has been developed from a mid-century, ordinary city lot into an enchanting expression of personality and creativity. Terraces were added, a fence relocated and overgrown shrubs removed. Now larger plants have matured and multiplied into a lush environment with minimal water use. But there is more! A trip to Barcelona and the art of Gaudi were the inspiration for much of the tile art and ceramics that greet you at every turn in the fun and funky retreat.
Funksional Art in the Garden
Creating a Lush Garden in a Small Space
Cacti, Citrus, and Chickens, Oh My!, 602 N. Camino Miramonte
A corner city lot with existing vegetation presented many challenges to these new owners. Citrus and other trees were a plus, but some that were damaged or diseased had to be removed. Grass that required so much water was removed, while more desert friendly plants were introduced to add shade and an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy the gardens on either side of the home that feature creative iron work, cisterns, raised vegetable beds, and, yes, chickens in this colorful inner city respite.
Passive and Active Rainwater and Grey Water Harvesting
Raising Chickens in an Urban Garden
An Old Arizona Garden, 2548 E. 7th St.
This 1926 Moorish revival home on a corner lot in the Sam Hughes neighborhood was lush with an Aleppo pine, date palms, juniper and arborvitae when purchased almost twenty years ago. Maintenance was the goal for the first ten years untl they took full time residence. Then a slow steady process began to make it into the magical garden it is now. Found and repurposed items like screens, doors, and trellises have cleverly added a touch of whimsy and repose. Metal and ceramic art are tucked in to many spaces. A pond and fountain offer running water while plants provide food and shelter to qualify this charming city garden as a Natural Wildlife Habitat.
Creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat
Gardening in the Shade
Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
Tour the 13 themed gardens with a Master Gardener Guide. They include the Cacti and Succulent Garden, Rose Garden, Basin Edible Garden, Container Garden, Xeriscape Garden and others.