Gardening in Tucson

Monday, March 30, 2015

Southern Arizona blooms with lush garden tours in April

courtesy of Elena Acoba, Arizona Daily Star (

Three self-guided garden tours in Southern Arizona have been planned for April.
• Green Valley Gardeners 35th Annual Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11. The tour of five Green Valley home gardens presents sustainability systems, desert-adapted plants, edible gardens and garden art. Start at Desert Meadows Park. $12, 
• Garden Party 2015: The Art of Gardening, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18. Together, the five lush gardens in Tubac and Tumacacori feature a French kitchen garden, rose trees, container plants, garden terraces and a shady desert landscape. The fundraiser for the Tubac Center of the Arts includes plein air painters, educational talks and an auction of poetry boxes and birdhouses. Start at the center. $30, 398-2371, 
• Rita Ranch Backyard Garden Tour, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18. At least eight home gardens in the eastside neighborhood range from a strawberry patch that youngsters are growing to elaborate landscapes by seasoned gardeners. It’s a fundraiser for a new community garden planned for the neighborhood’s Purple Heart Park. Start at the park. $5 suggested donation, 591-2255, 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Iris Show and Exhibition April 11

FREE - "50 Years and Growing Strong" 
Iris Exhibition
Setup 8:00am
Library opens at 9am
Come vote for your 3 favorites and view
 the irises until 4pm.
Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library
530 N Wilmot Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 594-5420

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tucson Area Iris Club presents

  "Preparing Irises for Exhibit
Saturday March 14  1:30 p.m. at the
Dusenbery-River Library at the Northeast corner
of Craycroft and River Road.

All Iris meetings are free and open to the general public

Nonprofits offer native plants, gardening tips in spring sales

by Elena Acoba, Arizona Daily Star
Spring is in the air and so are the seasonal plant sales by nonprofit groups.
You can get gardening advice to go with the plants you buy. Several events also will have other outdoor items that help you grow and enjoy your gardens.
Here’s a round-up of what you can find.
  • March 5-7, Green Valley Gardeners
  • , Continental Shopping Plaza, 210 W. Continental Road. Among the typical landscape cactus, succulent and flowering plants for sale are what organizers call “orphans and oddities,” leftovers from nurseries and extras from members’ gardens. Civano Nursery co-owner
  • Alex Shipley
  • will talk at 9 a.m. March 5 about how to care for some of the plants for sale.
  • March 10-14, Desert Survivors
  • , 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd. The nursery sells native plants. This sale will feature white prairie aster with tiny blooms, daisy-like blanket flower and fragrant mist flower, which attracts queen butterflies.
  • March 14, Organic Garden Fair
  • , St. Mark’s Church, 3750 E. Second St. The event is put on by the Tucson Organic Gardeners. Vendors will sell organic and non-organic starts for spring edible gardens, including tomato, pepper, squash, melon and cucumber. Compost and composting units also will be for sale. A petting zoo and informational booths will be set up.
  • March 15, Spring Rescue Sale
  • , 4342 N. Fourth Ave. Barrel, hedgehog and small saguaro cactus are among the wild plants rescued from development sites by the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society. They will be on sale alongside landscape succulents from vendors.
  • March 21-22, Tohono Chul Park
  • , 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Plants in the sale come from the botanical garden’s propagation efforts as well as local nurseries. A large section will feature plants native to Pima County, including scarlet bugler and many other penstemon varieties, butterfly-attracting narrow leaf milkweed, desert ferns and purple rock pixie.
  • March 22, Gardeners’ Spring Fair
  • , Continental Shopping Plaza, 210 W. Continental Road. Green Valley Gardeners and the Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society organize gardening seminars by local gardening experts and plant sales from as many as a dozen vendors.
  • March 27-29, Native Seeds/SEARCH
  • , 3061 N. Campbell Ave. Tomato, pepper, squash and melon starts are among the edible plants that will be for sale. Landscape plants such as blooming wildflowers, young saguaro and chaparral bush also will be offered, as well as gardening items from the retail store.
  • April 11, Pima County Master Gardeners
  • , 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Unusual plants among the stock of succulents, cacti, perennials and berries include spidery Peruvian daffodil, leafy umbrella plant, nierembergia with cup-shaped flowers and 3-gallon containers of slipper plant, a twisty flowering succulent. The sale includes used pots and gardening books and garden art created by master gardeners.

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