Parker Filer is the Assistant Extension Agent in Horticulture with the University of Arizona’s Pima County Cooperative Extension. In this role he manages the unit’s agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programming, including the Pima SmartScape and Master Gardener programs. On average these programs reach approximately 12,000 residents and professionals in Pima County each year. With the support of 6 staff and over 250 trained volunteers, the ANR programs develop and deliver free educational activities in home horticulture, gardening, landscaping, and water conservation practices. We offer science-based advice and recommendations appropriate for Southern Arizona; educating program participants about horticulture and inspiring everyone to embrace their role as a landscape steward through sustainable techniques and best practices for our precious desert home.