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Calendar of Events



OCTOBER 2003
10/1-Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Container Gardening for Fall. Master gardeners show secrets for growing a fabulous container garden. Learn the tricks of plant selection and enjoy beautiful year round color. Price: 20.00. Registration required. Cooperative Extension office, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. Ainsley LaCour at ainsley@azorchids.com. (602) 470-8086. Website: http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/

10/2-Thursday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Irrigation Maintenance. Learn to troubleshoot and repair drip, sprinkler and bubbler systems. Price: Free. Registration required. Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert, AZ. Lisa Hemphill at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us. (480) 503-6098. Website: http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us/water.

10/4-Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fall Open House at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. Crafts and activities, plus tours at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Free family event. (928) 774-1442

10/4 & 10/5-Saturday & Sunday. Fall Plant Sale at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Huge plant sale. Find drought-tolerant plants, including many natives. 2150 North Alvernon Way in Tucson. (520) 326-9686.

10/9-Thursday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. How Much Do I Water? Learn simple techniques for efficient landscape watering and how to program your controller. Hands-on workshop using actual irrigation components. Price: Free. Registration required. Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert, AZ. Lisa Hemphill at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us. (480) 503-6098. Website: http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us.

10/11 & 10/12-Saturday & Sunday. Fall Plant Sale at Tohono Chul Park. Arid-climate plants, trees, shrubs and wildflowers at special prices. It's time to begin planting! 7366 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. (520) 742-6455.

10/12 thru 10/27-Daily, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Fall Plant Sale at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Drought-tolerant plants for sale ranging from shrubs, vines, trees, cacti, and succulents. Horticulturists on hand to answer questions on weekend days. 37615 Hwy 60 in Superior. (520) 689-2723.

10/18-Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Incredible Edible Fall Festival. Farmers' Market, Entertainment, Healthy Eating Tips, Cooking Demonstrations, Food Vendors, Kid's Crafts & Games, Art Exhibit, Build a Garden To Go, G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods), Pie Eating Contest, Stuffin Muffin Contest, and MORE! Price: Free. Washington Adult Center, 2240 W. Citrus Way (23rd Ave. south of Glendale Ave). Marci or Judy at prlrecep@ci.phoenix.az.us. (602) 262-6971.

10/22-Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Go Wild! Landscaping for Wildlife. Create a colorful landscape with low-water use plants that will be a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds. Price: Free. Registration required. Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert, AZ. Lisa Hemphill at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us. (480) 503-6098. http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us.

10/25 & 10/26-Saturday & Sunday. La Fiesta de los Chiles at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Celebrate the chile pepper! Enjoy fabulous food, plus music, dancing, and crafts, all in a garden setting. 2150 North Alvernon Way in Tucson. (520) 326-9686.

10/29-Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Plant Care Workshop. Learn to grow and care for plants in the high heat, dry climate and difficult soils of the desert. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of plant problems from their yard. Price: Free. Registration required. Southeast Regional Library at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert, AZ. Lisa Hemphill at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us. (480) 503-6098. Website: http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us/water.

NOVEMBER 2003
11/1 thru 11/30-Sundays only, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Roosevelt Neighborhood Farmer's Market. Beaded jewelry, leather works, local honey, massage therapists, stained glass, baked goods, organic vegetables, yard ornaments and more! Price: Free. Portland Parkway, Portland Ave. (1 block North of Roosevelt) between Central & 3rd Ave. Lucille Lipham at lucillelipham614@msn.com. (602) 252-0222.

11/8-Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Folk Festival at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Live music. Singers and songwriters treat visitors to a variety of sounds, instruments, and styles. Look for the first red and gold leaves of fall foliage and explore musical heritage as diverse as the season. 37615 Hwy 60 in Superior. (520) 689-2723.

11/8 & 11/9-Saturday & Sunday. Annual Show and Sale presented by the Orchid Society of Arizona. This year's show theme is "ORCHID MARDI GRAS." Spectacular orchids in bloom. Plants, supplies, and gifts for sale, as well as FREE orchid culture information, educational displays, entertainment, and refreshments. Price: Free. Encanto Park Clubhouse, 2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix. Joe Bacik at bacikj@cox.net. (602) 363-1598. Website: http://welcome.to/orchidsocietyaz.

11/29-Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Fall Color Festival at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Chinese Pistachio trees turn brilliant red and gold. Enjoy fall color and the beauty of falling leaves. Tangy Arizona apple cider, and live music. Arts and crafts for the kids, miles of nature trails, and beautiful picnic grounds. Don't miss the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall along with great holiday savings on unique items in our gift shop. 37615 Hwy 60 in Superior. (520) 689-2723.

11/20 thru 12/15-Daily. Holiday for the Park at Tohono Chul Park. Artists who have shown their work in the Park's exhibits create and donate one-of-a-kind ornaments for this event. We invite you to purchase them! Funds help the Park fulfill its mission to educate the public about the Sonoran Desert and to celebrate the values, customs and beliefs of the peoples who dwell in the region. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. (520) 742-6455.


Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Last Updated October 4, 2003
Author: Lucy K. Bradley, Extension Agent Urban Horticulture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
© 1997 The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County
Comments to Maricopa-hort@ag.arizona.edu 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040,
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