Master Gardeners Program Welcomes New Coordinators

Jay Dunn

Our Jan. 2, 2020, monthly meeting was attended by Rick Gibson, Cooperative Extension Agent responsible for overseeing the University of Arizona Master Gardeners program in Pinal County. He gave a brief overview of the seven Master Gardeners groups in Pinal County, including a new group in Oracle.

Laurie Foster, our new co-coordinator with Alison Lang, announced that Karen Turcott and Linda Vautrin-Hale were stepping down as co-coordinators. They had been in this position for the past two years, working with the group to coordinate plant calls, lectures, and classes. Additionally, they served on the Pinal County Master Gardeners board. Laurie presented cards and gifts to Karen and Linda and thanked them for their service.

Arizona Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as community educators. They work with the University of Arizona providing research-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public. The SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners offers educational programs and classes to residents of SaddleBrooke One, SaddleBrooke TWO, and the Ranch. They assist residents in diagnosing plant problems, conduct school programs, sponsor plant sales, train the next generation of Master Gardeners, provide monthly lectures, and assist residents with gardening questions and problems.

SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners invites you to visit their website for all up-to-date information and community events. Garden questions? You can reach our very own Garden Helpline by calling Pat Flanagan at 520-407-6459.