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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  





The Gardeners Exchange in conjunction with the SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invites you to attend "Enjoying Wildflower Hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains," presented by Tim Butler, SaddleBrooke Hiking Club Guide and enthusiastic photographer.  The program will be held, Wed. Feb, 19 at 1 PM at the La Hacienda Club, SaddleBrooke Ranch.  Tim is passionate about identifying and sharing his love for mountain wildflowers. This program will help you to appreciate the glory of our native flowers and the pleasures of seeing them for yourself on the mountainsides. He'll discuss where and when to hike, what to look for, how to spot different flowers, plus a few tips for getting good photos of the flowers.

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

High Desert Gardening classes start Wednesday, February 26, 2020

NOTE: this class is at capacity and registration is now closed.
If you wish to be put on a "wait list" in the event someone cancels, please send an email to:     Indicate your name, phone number, and how many you would like to register. You will be contacted ONLY in the event of a cancellation.

Back by popular demand, the Master Gardeners are offering the 6 week class, High Desert Gardening. This will be presented in the MountainView Ballroom at MountainView Clubhouse, Saddlebrooke, on Wednesday afternoons starting February 26, 2020. It will run for 6 weeks, each session will last 2 hours. Registration is required. All classes run from 1p to 3p except for March 4th, on that day the session will run from 2p to 4p. 

 This mini course is designed to help residents resolve basic gardening issues along with gaining new knowledge about gardening in the desert and enhancing your personal landscape. The topics will include Citrus, Interesting Succulents, Container Gardening Large and Small, Your Plants' Health: Irrigation, Fertilization and Pest Control, Caring for Roses, Planting for Sun and Shade, and Native Plants and Xeriscape.

 The cost per person for all six lectures is $50 for materials. For information or registration, contact Elissa Cochran at 217-649-0289 or email There is limited seating, so you must register in advance. 

 ***RECENTLY 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

 * 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