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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?

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  





Your SaddleBrooke/

Saddlebrooke Master Gardeners are pleased to bring Ben Wilder, the Director of the Desert Lab at Tumumoc Hill to our Thursday 19 November online program at 1 PM. A unique combination of science and culture, Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological preserve in the heart of Tucson. Its innovative, sustained, long-term environmental studies and over 2,500 years of cultural history have made it a US National Historical Landmark. The Desert Laboratory was founded to answer the fundamental question: how does life cope with aridity? In the twenty-first century, increasing drought and heat in many parts of the globe have transformed this basic scientific question into an urgent challenge facing humanity. Today, the Lab's legacy collections, data sets, and resources will be incorporated into projects that pivot on a forward-looking version of the original guiding question of the Desert Lab.

Dr. Wilder's research is broadly focused on desert ecology and biogeography. He utilizes multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.


In addition to directing Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, Ben is the Director and co-founder of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers, and Interim Director of the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments (CAZMEX) at the University of Arizona.

Register for this free webinar at Registration Link:  

For questions about registration please contact Laurie McCoy at

At this time, all plant calls will be handled by telephone and email, but no home visits will be made. Call Don Lawson for assistance email him at

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