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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?

Garden in Saddlebrooke

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 to residents of SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

  •  diagnose plant problems,

  • conduct school programs,

  • sponsor plant sales,

  • train the next generation of Master Gardeners,and

  • otherwise assist residents with their garden questions and problems.


***Plant Disease Alert***

Extension Article on Witches' Broom
SaddleBrooke Article on Witches' Broom

Witches Broom on Oleander

Witches Broom on Texas Ranger

***Landscape Pest Alert!***
 Spittle Bugs

The excessive amount of moisture, during the spring season is bringing a nuisance insect to large populations, causing some plant damage worthy of note.  Please be advised that Spittle Bug nymphs commonly feed on Salvia, Rosemary and Texas Ranger.  In Saddlebrooke and Saddlebrooke Ranch the populations of this pest have exceeded normal levels.  If you see globs of what looks like "spit" on your plants, wash it off with a strong burst of your hose.  This might need to be done a few times before full eradication of the pest. Pass the word along to friends and neighbors so that we can collectively reduce the numbers of these pests.

CALS Bulletin on Spittle Bug Management  




 ***NEWLY RELEASED: What plants do the SB/SBR Master Gardeners recommend for various conditions in Saddlebrooke yards and gardens? Find out here in these handy PDF documents:
 SaddleBrooke HOA1 and HOA2 Recommended Plant List
SaddleBrooke Ranch Recommended Plant List

November Gardening Lecture 

The Gardeners Exchange of SaddleBrooke Ranch in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners welcomes you to attend a presentation by landscape designer, Dawn Fried on Thursday, November 21st at SaddleBrooke Mountain View West Ballroom at 1:00 pm. 

Local author, Dawn Fried, will be sharing her expertise about desert gardening practices, as well as highlighting many useable plant selections for SaddleBrooke and surrounding communities.  Fried is co-owner of Horticulture Unlimited, one of the largest landscaping companies in the area that has served southern Arizona for nearly 40 years.  Sharing her expertise and discussing practical information from her two successful landscaping books, she will provide a wealth of knowledge. Her books will be available for purchase. Whether doing it yourself, or hiring a professional, this will be an opportunity to learn more about how to make your landscape picture perfect!

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


Master Gardening Training Course

Deadline: October 25 th 2019

The Master Gardener Training Course will once again be offered TO ALL PINAL COUNTY RESIDENTS.  IT WILL BE HELD at SaddleBrooke on Thursdays from 8:00 am to noon beginning November 7, 2019 through February 13, 2020.  This is an intensive 13-week lecture series given by local Master Gardeners, guest lecturers from the University of Arizona and other professionals in various fields.  Some of the many topics to be covered include botany, soils, desert adapted plants, citrus, irrigation, plant pathology, pest management and cacti/succulents.  The course fee is $150.00 for individuals and $225.00 for couples, which includes all materials and the Master Gardener Manual from the University of Arizona cooperative extension.  

The mission of Master Gardeners is to provide research-based education to the public with regard to any and all gardening issues.  After completing the requirements for certification, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities by providing lectures for local residents, helping their friends and neighbors with plant and landscape information and engaging in other educational horticultural projects.  Some Master Gardeners volunteer at the Mountain Vista Elementary School in the after school garden program. 

 If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of desert gardening, helping your community to have healthier and better acclimated plants and trees, please consider joining this program and becoming a certified Master Gardener.

 For more information or to enroll in this course, please contact Carol Crawford at or 856-577-5431.  Please visit our website at:  for all up-to-date information and events for our SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch communities. Deadline: October 25 th 2019.

Other contacts:
Laurie Foster:

Karen Turcott:

 * 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