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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
***Landscape Pest Alert!***
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.
***Plant Disease Alert
August Gardening Lecture
The Gardeners Exchange in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invites you to attend "The Sting of the Wild: stinging insects are beautiful (and mostly our friends)," presented by Dr. Justin Schmidt, UA entomologist and world expert on stinging insects. Bring cash to purchase his book,The Sting of the Wild.
This program will be held at Sol Ballroom, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Wednesday, August 21 at 1 pm. Enjoy the cool indoors and be amazed by a safari trip to the world of stinging insects revealing their beauty and fascinating biology. With stories and song, Dr. Schmidt will touch upon why we are mostly unnecessarily afraid of stinging insects and how understanding them not only enhances our lives but gives us an appreciation of their important roles in nature.
All residents of Saddlebrooke and Saddlebrooke Ranch are encouraged to attend. No registration. Open seating. For more information, please contact Zann Wilson at email@example.com or call 219-263-3261.
WANT TO BE A
Master Gardening Training Course
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.
* The term SaddleBrooke is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.
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