Master Gardener Program — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – January 2015

The SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners present IPM, Integrated Pest Management on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom West. This presentation features Pinal County Extension Agent Rick Gibson.

What is IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and how can it work for me?

Join Rick as he draws upon thirty years of local landscape and garden experience and see how he can help you to identify and deal with local plant problems using IPM skills.

Please sign in at the door.

Ask Your Master Gardener session will be from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Bring your questions with any plant or pest samples and photos to enable us to better help you.

SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners are volunteers for University of Arizona Pinal Cooperative Extension. They assist the public with university research-based, home horticulture information through educational programs and projects. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to become a Master Gardener volunteer; you only need a desire to learn and to help others. The next Master Gardener Training Class includes 36 hours of instruction and will be held September 22 to December 15, 2015. Classes are three hours each Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon for thirteen weeks at The Preserve Clubhouse. (No class Thanksgiving week.) As a Master Gardener you can help educate and advise home gardeners in your community. Most local residents are newcomers and gardeners inexperienced in the desert environment and are in great need of gardening and landscape advice. Our training will give you the skills required to identify plants and insects, diagnose plant problems, advise on plant care and give you the confidence to share your expertise with others.

A fee of $120 will be collected to cover class materials. Acceptance into this program is contingent on a commitment to be an active volunteer in the SaddleBrooke volunteer group. To apply for this program contact Kathie Griffin, SaddleBrooke Master Gardener Coordinator, at [email protected].

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeffrey C. Silvertooth, Director, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture Life Sciences, The University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Pinal County Cooperative Extension at 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, #C, Casa Grande, Arizona (toll free 866-836-5221).

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodations.

For further information please contact one of the following: Zann Wilson at 219-263-3261, [email protected]; Richard Gibson at 520-836-5221 extension 227, [email protected]; or Terry Ellsworth at 520-836-5221 extension 202, [email protected].