Pima Master Gardener
2019 Pima Master Gardener Library Talks
**Please note: as of 3/16, Library talks have been suspended for the remainder of March, in support of our community's efforts to reduce the spread the Coronavirus.
Welcome to Tucson Gardening, Herbs, Gardening as We Age, Citrus, and Low Water Use Landscaping, Succulents as Living Art, Cool Season Vegetable Gardening, and Pruning are the topics covered in our new season of Library Talks.
Our Mission Statement
Pima County Master Gardener volunteers, directed and supported by University of Arizona faculty and staff, educate residents by providing unbiased research-based horticulture practices and information that promote the development of healthy, sustainable communities.
About Us: Pima County Master Gardeners
Pima County Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who served as community educators. They work with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension to provide research-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public. Read More
Do You Have Questions About Your Garden?
Please come into the Master Gardener Plant Clinic or call us with your questions.
- Remember to bring in two samples with you: a healthy plant stem and a sick plant stem
Green Valley Office
530 White House Canyon Rd. 520-648-0808
Open Monday-Friday; 8:00 am - 12 Noon
2019 Seminar Series
Registration is recommended so handouts can be prepared for all attendees. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
Location (same as fall 2019): Food Product & Safety Lab Auditorium (informally known as the Meat Lab). The address is 4101 North Campbell Avenue, but there is no access from Campbell Ave. The auditorium is northwest of the intersection of Roger and Campbell Avenue. The entrance is on Roger Road. Turn north on to the driveway to the Campus Agricultural Center and follow signs to the Meat Sales and MG Seminars.
Spring Seminar Schedule
2/1 Roses by Master Gardener Marci Beth Philips. more info/registration link
3/21 Salvias and Hummingbirds by Master Gardener Toni Moore. more info/registration link CANCELLED
4/25 Wildlife Habitat by Master Gardener Dave Williams & Tucson Audubon Society. more info/registration link
5/2 Best Trees for Tucson by Master Gardener Toni Moore. more info/registration link
5/9 Grow Luscious Fruit in Tucson by Master Gardener Deb North. more info/registration link
5/16 Managing The Heat - Summer Gardening in Tucson by Master Gardener Deb North. more info/registration link
Master Gardener Home Garden Consultation Service
Pima County Master Gardeners offer a home garden consultation service to local residents. Consultants who are experienced and knowledgeable in urban horticulture will identify plants, diagnose insect problems and plant diseases, evaluate watering issues, and provide general care guidelines. Master Gardener Consultants will spend up to one hour in the client’s garden or landscape answering questions and helping to problem-solve. No physical labor will be performed.
Due to staffing limitations, Home Consulting Service is not available in all parts of Tucson. To request a consultation and determine if your residence is within our currently available service area, call the Plant Clinic at the Pima County Cooperative Extension Office at 520-626-5161 or email email@example.com. The fee for this consulting service is $50. Please describe your problem or question, and provide your physical address. A consultant will contact you directly to schedule this service.
Pima County Master Gardeners 2020 Spring Plant Sale
Once again, the Pima County Master Gardeners are proud to announce the 2020 Spring Plant Sale. The Plant Sale will be located at the Pima County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at the Pima County Cooperative Extension office (4210 N. Campbell Avenue.)
UPDATE [3/16/2020] In support of our community's health and following guidance from the University of Arizona, Centers for Disease Control and others, we are temporarily postponing this year's sale. Please stay tuned for further updates as we continue to monitor the situation.
Our Master Gardeners in Propagation have been busy nurturing beautiful inexpensive plants as well as some unusual selections.
Here are some of the plants we will be featuring in our sale:
- Fruit: Strawberries, blackberries, figs and pomegranates.
- Butterfly Attractants: Flowering shrubs and plants for the adult butterfly nectar such as Lantana, Mt. Lemmon Marigold, Mexican Flame Vine; as well as larval food, ie. Plants meant to be eaten by the caterpillars, such as Milkweed, Rue, Parsley and Fennel.
- Hummingbird Attractants: Salvia’s of all sizes and colors, Sages and many flowering shrubs. We will feature many southwest native plants such as Parry’s Penstemon and Brittle Bush.
For the cacti and succulent lovers we will have large Crested Peruvian Apple Cactus and many varieties of succulents, including Crown of Thorns, Slipper Plants, Climbing Aloes, assorted Agaves and Trichocereus cactus of differing colors.
We also have young Moringa trees and several mature trees, such as Ponytail Palm and Madagascar Palm – bring your trucks along with some muscle!
We have an abundance of bulbs, such as Iris and Rain Lilies as well as ground covers and plants that Desert Tortoise’s love to eat.
We will have Master Gardeners available to answer questions and to help you pick the perfect plant whether to entice our feathered friends or to lure some tropical butterflies into your flight path. In addition, we will have quality compost, garden art, decorated pots, handbooks, and soil probes available for purchase.
Come join the fun, support a great “for the public, not-for-profit” group of volunteers and add some new life to your garden. Cash and checks only please. Sorry, no debit/credit cards.
UA Arboretum and Guided Walking Tours
Ask A Master Gardener at Area Farmers Markets
35 Year History of the Pima County Master Gardener Program From Its Beginning with George Brookbank to the Present
Planting Knowledge -- A History of the Pima County Master Gardener Program 1983-2018 Through words and photos, this history traces the key achievements of nearly 900 Master Gardener volunteers under excellent leadership over 35 years, as they have fulfilled their mission of outreach to the community with urban gardening education. It also outlines the mostly free current programs and resources the Master Gardeners offer today to help Pima County residents become more successful gardeners.
Planting Knowledge -- A History of the Pima County Master Gardener Program 1983-2018 is available for purchase ($10.00) at the Master Gardener office, Pima County Cooperative Extension Center , 4210 N Campbell Ave, Tucson.
The Tucson Garden Handbook 4th edition - Vendor List
The Tucson Garden Handbook is a guide for helping people successfully garden in our desert environment. This guide can be used by gardeners at all levels of expertise, but is especially helpful to gardeners new to desert gardening. The Handbook includes how to grow: cacti and agave, desert adapted trees, vegetables and herbs, citrus, flowers and roses. It also contains guidelines for watering, working with your soil, integrated pest management, and much more. You can buy the Handbook at the Pima County Extension office, 4210 N Campbell and at the following retail outlets. The cost is $10.
Tucson Area Gardening Links
Pima County Master Gardener Partnerships