20th Annual Master Gardener Home Garden Tour
The Pima County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their 20th Home Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Four beautiful and creative gardens will be on display demonstrating designs utilizing a variety of plants, art and water conscience techniques for inspiration and education. The Demonstration Gardens at the Cooperative Extension Service will also be open for touring at 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
“Water Wise” is the theme this year with Master Gardeners leading discussions at each of the homes on the tour. Learn different ways to make the best use of this precious desert commodity. Active and passive rainwater collection, xeriscape principles, and how to select native and desert adapted plants are some of the topics to be covered. Garden histories as well as comprehensive plant lists will be available at each garden and on line.
Tickets go on sale March 1, 2019. Tickets may be purchased the following three ways.
1. In advance at the following locations (Cash or Check Only - $15.00 each)
Arbico Organics, 64510 E. Monte Largo Pl., Tucson 85738
Bach's Cactus Nursery, 8602 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson 85742
Eco Gro, 657 W. St. Mary’s Rd., Tucson 85702
Harlow’s Gardens, 8560 E. Pima St., Tucson 85712
Mesquite Valley Growers, 8005 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson 85715
Plants of the Southwest, 50 W. Blacklidge, Tucson 85705
Rillito Nursery, 6303 N. La Cholla Blvd, Tucson 85714
Cooperative Extension Office, 4210 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson 85719
2. In advance on this website (Credit Card - $20.00 each) after March 1.
3. The day of the tour (Cash or Check Only - $20.00 each) at the home gardens and at the Cooperative Extension Demonstration Gardens on Campbell Avenue.
For more information call 626-5161
The Featured 2019 Home Gardens
Sculpture In The Desert, 6681 N. Placita Alta Reposa
Discussion Topic: Redirecting Water
This beautiful foothills home is a desert sanctuary. Wandering around the garden will reveal a variety of low maintenance plants, including agaves, cactus, and other desert adapted species. Mature trees for shade, an extensive rock design to direct rainfall, and a large collection of wonderful garden art and sculpture all come together to create a very peaceful and inviting setting.
The Little Garden That Could, 3510 N. Palmer Dr.
Discussion Topics: Active Water Harvesting
Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac, this property had only two plants on it when the current homeowners moved in almost 20 years ago! Now, a charming little garden complete with a rain collection tank replaces an all gravel space. A large collection of pots displays herbs, succulents and colorful flowering plants. Citrus trees, veggies and a variety of ground coverings help to complete the little garden that DID.
Hilltop Refuge, 6719 N. Quartzite Canyon Place
Discussion Topic: Xeriscape Principles
Perched on a hilltop, this lovely property was transformed from a high water demanding outdoor area to lush, colorful, well-designed xeriscape gardens surrounding the home. Several water wise solutions were utilized including a rainwater harvesting pond to create a stress free refuge.
Nature Nurtured, 660 E. Rudasill Rd.
Discussion Topic: Passive Water Harvesting
Beautiful Tucson native plants create a vivid, gorgeous garden at this lovely home. Utilizing xeriscape zoning principles, this property has three habitats: a large Certified Wildlife Habitat, a butterfly habitat and a Certified Monarch Habitat! Shaded walking paths weave around the habitats while flowering desert-adapted plants embellish the areas close to the house and driveway. Passive water harvesting berms and basins help to keep this a water wise oasis.