Education is an integral part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, and to emphasize this component, it presents a wide range of new classes and travel opportunities throughout the year.  In addition to these offerings, the Gardens make available a core of signature classes each month that are always accessible, without even having to pre-register. 

Each class costs $7 for TBG members and $14 for non-members, which includes admission. Most are taught by trained docents.

They include:

• Gardening for the Newcomer, first Thursday and first Saturday, monthly, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This introductory class familiarizes newcomers or new homeowners with Tucson’s seasons and soils. Discussion of proper techniques for planting and watering is included.  Learn to create a garden of beauty and comfort in our desert environment.

• Xeriscape Doesn’t Mean Zeroscape, second Saturday, monthly, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn the basic principles of xeriscaping, including water-conserving design, low water use plants, water harvesting techniques, appropriate irrigation methods, and use of mulches. Class concludes with a walking tour of the Xeriscape Garden.

• Successful Plants for Tucson Gardens, third Saturday, monthly, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. An excellent follow-up to the Newcomers and Xeriscape classes, this session emphasizes choosing appropriate plants for your landscape.  Characteristics of highly recommended trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers will be discussed.  Information on ultimate size, flowering season, hardiness, and preferred exposure will help you make informed choices.

• Rain Water Harvesting Workshop, fourth Saturday, monthly, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May-September and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. October-April. Focuses on developing the basic understanding of the principles of rainwater harvesting.  The discussion includes techniques and products of passive and active rainwater harvesting. 

Emphasis will be primarily on residential properties, and what the individual homeowner can do on your own property.  Native plantings and landscape materials will be illustrated.  Slides and visual materials will be presented as examples of passive and active rainwater harvesting sites, from the smaller scale to larger more complex operations.  A list of Tucson landscapers and reputable suppliers will also be included. 

For more information, call 326-9686, ext. 19, or visit Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter.

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