Calendar

October 2013 – February 2014

Oct 5 Sat
Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: Rebate Classes

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.  Instructor: Lincoln Perino

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to work on during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate. 

Oct 16 Wed
Guest Lecture: Native Seeds/SEARCH – Who Owns Our Food (Seeds)? @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Guest Lectures

Ten companies own and control 75% of the worlds seeds. How does this
affect local food security and the health of our region? More
importantly what does this have to do with climate change, drought and
the treasure trove of seeds in the Native Seeds/SEARCH Seed Bank? Join
NS/S Executive Director Bill McDorman for a deep discussion on this
vital topic and hear about the solutions as close as your own
backyard!

Refreshments provided by community partner, MEB Management

Oct 26 Sat
Hands-On Drip Irrigation Systems @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Whether you are a DIYer or are hiring a professional, this class will help you understand how to set up and maintain a drip irrigation system…in the comfort of an air conditioned classroom.  Instructor: Steve Mallgren

Healthy Landscapes – Part 4: Troubleshooting @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: SmartScape Residential

We have a much better chance of managing issues and problems in the garden and landscape if we can recognize them in their infancy.   This is where two essential gardeners’ tools come into play – patience and observation. These are perhaps the most powerful tools we all possess.   They are the keys to growing a healthy landscape.

We’ll use this class to sharpen our observation skills and learn some practical problem solving skills to use in determining the needs of the landscape.  We will specifically focus on developing skills to identify pests and diseases in the landscape and garden – and how to find the resources to help.

Nov 2 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate. 

Nov 20 Wed
Guest Lecture Series – Care of Landscape Trees @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Guest Lectures

Want to learn how to have great looking, healthy trees in your landscape?  Arborist Elizabeth Davison will talk about soil, spacing, root zones and pruning.  Elizabeth is a Retired University of Arizona faculty and Founding Director of the UA Campus Arboretum with teaching and practical arboriculture experience – in tree growth and development, tree inventories, tree health and risk assessment, and tree protection during construction projects.  She is interested in sustainable culture of healthy trees in cities and parks, with a focus on the Southwest US and its climate, soils, and native tree species.

Dec 7 Sat
Gray Water Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Categories: Rebate Classes

Did you know that 1/3 of typical household waste water can be re-used as gray water for landscape plants? If you’d like to participate in Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Gray Water Rebate Program and receive reimbursement (up to $1,000) when a permanent gray water irrigation system is installed in your home, then you must attend this 2-hour workshop. It focuses on design, operation and maintenance of a gray water system.  Instructor: Lincoln Perino

Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join one of our landscape professional instructors for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate. 

Jan 7 Tue
Soils, Plants & Water/Smartscape Series Orientation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

REGISTERING  SIGNS YOU UP FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF NINE CLASSES.  LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS ONLY PLEASE (i.e. landscape company employees, HOA board members, property managers, landscape designers, etc.)

This class is basic to understanding the dynamic relationships of soils, plants, and water and is the foundation course of the Smartscape Series. Instruction focuses on soil texture and structure and how it affects water movement, infiltration rates and water holding capacity. Mechanisms that plants use to regulate water use are also discussed.
Instructor: Dr. Ursula Schuch – University of Arizona Extension Specialist, Arid Ornamentals

Jan 9 Thu
Plant Selection & Installation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This workshop focuses on factors that should be considered when selecting installing landscape plants. Participants will learn how to choose healthy plants from a nursery and the proper way to install them. Instructor: Marcus White – Casa Blanca Horticultural Services

Jan 11 Sat
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program @ UA Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: Rebate Classes

Join Rainwater Harvesting professional, Lincoln Perino, for a close look at sensible, water-smart (and wallet-smart) rainwater harvesting systems for the home landscape. This informative workshop will focus on designing a passive and active rainwater catchment system for a residential landscape. Bring a sketch or site plan of your property to refer to during the workshop. The Tucson Water Single Family Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives/Rebate Program is offering two rebate funding levels (up to $2,000) as incentive to install water harvesting on residential properties.

This workshop is mandatory for those who want to qualify for the rebate.

Jan 14 Tue
Landscape Design & Renovation @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This class focuses on the principles and concepts of designing and installing a landscape. Special attention is given to Xeriscape landscaping and renovating an existing landscape from high-water use to low-water use. Participants also learn how to interpret a landscape design blueprint.
Instructor: Paul Connolly – APLD Certified Landscape Designer and owner of Sundrea Design Studio.

Jan 16 Thu
Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This workshop divides desert-plant maintenance into two categories – pruning and fertilizing. All pruning instruction is based on International Society of Arboriculture guidelines and uses pictorial slides and actual samples to illustrate the speaker’s main points. The fertilizing portion of the workshop focuses on plant needs for macro- and micronutrients, determining correct fertilizers to use and calculating the appropriate quantities of fertilizers to purchase and apply.
Instructors: José Cano – Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation

Jan 21 Tue
Integrated Pest Management @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Participants will learn about some of the important insects that affect landscape plants. Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed. Participants will also learn how to control common landscape weeds.
Instructor: Dr. Carl Olson – University of Arizona Associate Curator, Entomology
Instructor: Dr. David Kopec – University of Arizona Extension Turf Specialist

Jan 23 Thu
Plant Disorders @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

Participants will learn about some of the important disease organisms that affect landscape plants. Integrated Pest Management and cultural controls will be discussed.
Instructors: Bill Haldeman – Tucson Airport Authority, Senior Maintenance Supervisor

Jan 25 Sat
Hands-On Landscape Design Series @ UA/Pima County Cooperative Extension
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Categories: SmartScape Residential

Do you want to design or renovate your landscape?  Need some direction about how to start the process, inspiration for style and use of your landscape or information about plants and hardscapes?  Participate in this comprehensive hands-on series of three 3-hour classes and learn from Wendy M. King, Founder of River Road Designs, President of APLD , Winner of the 2011 Xeriscape Award for the Tucson Metropolitan Area.

THIS SERIES IS FULL.  WE PLAN TO OFFER IT AGAIN IN THE FALL.  THANK YOU!

Jan 28 Tue
Automated Irrigation Systems @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This class discusses various common irrigation systems and focuses on designing, installing, and programming/scheduling a drip irrigation system. Maintenance and troubleshooting are also discussed.
Instructor: Steve Mallgren – Irrigation Specialist for H & M Professional Services

Jan 30 Thu
Landscape Water Management @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This class focuses on reducing water waste through efficient irrigation. Participants learn about irrigation scheduling, irrigation techniques and proper cultural practices and reiterates factors taught throughout the series that influence plant water use in landscape.
Instructors: Dr. David Kopec – University of Arizona Extension Turf Specialist

Feb 4 Tue
Desert Adapted Plants @ Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Rec
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Categories: Smartscape Training Series

This class identifies many of Tucson’s common desert landscape plants and provides basic discussion of their traits that make them suitable for the urban and suburban landscape. Specific characteristics such as flower color, seasonality, size, and hardiness, as well as maintenance specifications and other considerations are also presented.
Instructor: Greg Starr – Owner of Starr Nursery