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Desert Gardening Basics- Introduction to gardening in SaddleBrooke*
Plant ID - Catalogue of plants common to SaddleBrooke* 
Informational Links - All sorts of information pertinent to gardening in SaddleBrooke*
Water-Wise Gardening - Ways to optimize use of water in the landscape
Benefits of Xeriscaping- Learn to use drought tolerant plants to conserve water
Irrigation in the Desert - Judicious use of irrigation can give you the garden you want and still save water

Prohibited Plants - What plants should NOT be planted in your yard?
Gardening Month-by-Month- Ideas for each month in the garden

What are Master Gardeners?
Become a Master Gardener



 So What do SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners DO?

We garden!! We make plant calls to residents homes. We sponsor garden classes and lectures. We hold plant sales We sponsor a school garden We hold Ask Your Master Gardener Events We propagate plants for the school garden and plants sales. We take garden adventure trips!

SaddleBrooke/Saddlebrooke Ranch Master Gardeners are volunteers trained in concert with the University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Pinal County, Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We offer educational programs and classes, diagnose plant problems and otherwise assist residents with their garden questions and problems.


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Witches' Broom infections on Oleander and Other Woody Plants


The SaddleBrooke/ SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners Spring 2019 Plant Sale will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 11 AM.  The location for the plant sale is on the patio at the  MountainView clubhouse at SaddleBrooke.

The Master Gardeners have been nurturing many varieties of plants which will sell at very reasonable prices to enhance your landscape. These plants will add beauty and work well in your desert garden. 

Come join us, and help support our mission of education and assistance to our local residents with their home gardening needs.  

Cash and checks only please. Sorry, no debit/credit cards.

If questions, can call or email, Ellen Sosin, cell: 781-784-6827


You are invited to attend "Artistically Designing Container Gardens" presented by Tim Malone on Thursday, March 21 at 1 PM, West Ballroom of MountainView in SaddleBrooke following the spring plant sale. Plant sale begins at 11:00 AM.

Learn the fundamental elements of design as applied to your favorite garden container arrangements and placement.  This presentation will combine practical principles along with theories of design. For this presentation Tim has combined Elements of Basic Design and Principles of Floral Design with practical container gardening visual examples.

Tim, one of our own Master Gardeners, has been a lifelong gardener and Floraculturist.  His contributions to the floral industry earned him an Honorary Induction into the American Academy of Florists in 1984.

No registration needed.  Open seating. For more information, please contact Zann Wilson at 219-263-3261 or


Pima Count MG Plant Sale      Pima County Cooperative Extension Demonstration Gardens    4210 N. Campbell Ave.  Tucson, AZ 85719 

Saturday, April 6th    8:00-11:00 a.m.

Strawberry, blackberry, and several varieties of tomato plants.

Trees including fig and pomegranate, apphire dragon, moringa, purple orchid, Mexican fan palms, and mesquite.

Butterfly attractors including Gregg's Mistflower and Pineleaf Milkweed.

Hummingbird attractors such as Autumn Sage, and Parry's Penstemon.

Herbs including spearmint, Italian oregano, and I'itoi's onions.

Ground covers including ice plant, rain lily, bulbine, angelita daisy, and purple heart.

Adeniums grown from seed!  And a wide variety of cacti and other succulents.

In addition to plants, pick up quality compost, used pots and garden art. Cash and checks only. Sorry, no credit/debit cards 


Time: 9 - 11 am
$10 Paid at the door, cash or check only.
Contact:        520-626-5161

Registration is recommended so handouts can be prepared for all attendees.  Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

New Location:  Food Product & Safety Lab Auditorium.  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.   

2019 Schedule - Registration Links will be provided when available.

March 9:  Citrus Trees presented by Deb North
March 23:  Insects! Beneficial or Not? presented by Tony Knight
April 27:  Cacti and Succulents presented by Paul Ellis

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

 Spring Plant Sale 3/9 3/24 

Daily admission not required to just buy plants. Regular admission is required to tour the gardens. $15 for Adults. Free to Arboretum members. State Parks Pass not honored. For more information visit or call 602-827-3000

Oro Valley Library Lecture 

All are Pima County MG Presentations from 1:30 to 3PM     Free 

Gardening for the Birds      Friday, March 15, 2019  

Insects in our Gardens        Friday, April 5, 2019  

Cactus and Succulents         Friday, April 15, 2019 

Tohono Chul 

Members' Preview: Wednesday, March 20 | 12 - 6pm

General Public: Sat/Sun, March 23/24 | 9am - 5pm/10am - 4pm

Don't miss access to over 1,200 species of cacti, succulents, shrubs, trees, and flowers. Sale takes place in the Propagation Department located near the Education Center at 7211 N. Northern Avenue.

Tucson Botanical Garden

Urban Garden Festival and Plant Sale    March 24th   10-2PM

The Urban Garden Festival + Plant Sale This event is dedicated to reconnecting to our food while viewing (and purchasing) some wonderful plants. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, grab a bite from one of our many food vendors, and enjoy live music in the shady springtime setting of the Tucson Botanical Gardens!   Members and Children 3 & Under: FREE NonMember Adults: $15 NonMember Children (4-17): $8 Students, Seniors, Military: $13   With support from Green Things and Tucson Local Media 

Save The Date 

March 21,2019        SB/SBR MG plant Sale 

May 31, 2019     28th Annual Desert HorticultureConference    

April13,2019     Pima MG Home and Garden Tour

 * The term SaddleBrooke is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Photo Credits: Lyle Larson, Debbie Muise, Elissa Cochran

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