Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy


Request a Plant Call - Have more questions? We'll come to visit!
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.


SaddleBrooke Weather
Weather Underground PWS KAZTUCSO448

Saddlebrooke Ranch WeatherWeather Underground PWS KAZORACL5


***Important Saddlebrooke article on the spread of Witches' Broom on Oleander and Other Shrubs and Trees***

The Gardeners Exchange of SaddleBrooke Ranch in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/addleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners welcomes you to attend "MonarchsMilkweed 
 Mexico" presented by Ronnie Greenberg, Advanced Master Gardener and Indiana Master Naturalist. Program begins at 1PM, Thursday, November 15 at SaddleBrooke, Mountain View West Ballroom.

Ronnie will discuss the biology and migration of the monarch butterfly, the importance of milkweed and native plants, and her 2017 trip to the monarch overwintering sites in central Mexico with her sister, SaddleBrooke Master Gardener, Laurie Foster. Ronnie has bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Purdue University. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions at 12:30 and following the presentation.

No registration needed.  Open seating. For more information, please contact Margaret Larmour, at or 520-307-2100.

The Gardeners Exchange of SaddleBrooke Ranch in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners welcome you to attend "Winter Hardy Cacti and Succulents" presented by Mark Sitter, owner of B and B Cactus Farm, located on E. Speedway.  Program begins at 1 PM, Wed. December 5th at La Hacienda Club, La Mesa Room, SaddleBrooke Ranch.

 Mark, a long time member of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, loves succulent plants.  He will share his expertise and reveal some of his favorite winter friendly plants.  Bring cash so you can be one of the lucky buyers of these plants at the end of his talk.

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


Tohono Chul 

Landscape Design for Newcomers and Residents Alike

Saturday, Nov 10 | 10 AM | Ed. Ctr #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

Multiple award winning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA, shows Tucson newcomers as well as longtime residents how they can create stunning, colorful desert landscapes using her unique landscape design concepts. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

 Short Stuff

Saturday, Nov 3rd | 11AM | Smith Interpretive Center |

Presented by Master Gardeners

Explore small plants that make a big difference by bringing interest and color to dull garden spaces such as narrow walkways, shady areas, and places for ground covers. 

Xeriscape Does Not Mean Zeroscape

Saturday, Dec 1st | 11AM-1PM | Lecture Center

Presented by Master Gardeners

Learn the principles of xeriscape and how you can conserve water while bringing color and interest to your garden. 

Tucson Botanical Gardens 

How to be an All Star Desert Gardener

Monday, Nov 5th | 10AM-noon | $15

Michael Ismail, owner of Thrive and Grow Gardens, demystifies vegetable gardening and shares best practices for dealing with desert garden challenges 

Tips and Tools for Seasonal Tree Pruning

Nov 7th, Wed | 10AM-noon | $15

Certified arborist Jason Isenberg presents a crash course on dos and don'ts of pruning and then goes outside to observe and discuss needs of individual trees

Pima Master Gardener  Fall Seminar Series 

9-11AM|$10 | Food Product and Safety Lab Auditorium

11/17 Planting the Rainbow by Deb North

12/01 Ponds and Water Gardens in the Sonoran Desert by Toni Moore

12/15 Rose Care in the Desert by MarciBeth Phillips 

Pima County Master Gardener Talks

1:30-3:00 PM  unless otherwise noted | Free |  Oro Valley Library

Friday, 11/2-Adjusting to Desert Gardening

Friday, 11/16-Gardening as We Age

Wed,   11/28- Houseplants for Southern Arizona   4:00-5:00 PM

Friday, 12/07-Growing Citrus in the Desert

Friday, 12/14-Arid Land Plants

 * 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

Reliable Counter