Gardening in Tucson

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Tucson Iris talk Jan 12 by Greg Starr

January 12 1 p.m. 
Tucson Area Iris Sciety monthly meeting at Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Rd.

Greg Starr, local cactus and succulent author and grower, will
speak on  Madagascar - a world renown island of megadiversity.
Gregg is author of: Cool Plants for Hot Gardens and Agaves: Living Landscapes for Landscapes and Containers.
The meeting and talk are open to all.  FREE

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Friday, October 05, 2018

Get your plant on at these 3 Tucson plant sales

  • With the sun rising later and setting sooner, plus the fact it is not a million degrees outside, it could mean that fall is on the horizon, at least in Tucson.
    That also means this is your chance to jazz up your landscape or grow plants to later attract critters like butterflies and hummingbirds when they bloom.
    So it's time to get down and dirty because there several local Fall plant sales going on around town. 
    Here is a list of some of our upcoming fall plant sales:
  • The Pima County Master Gardeners 2018 Fall Plant Sale, at 4210 N. Campbell Ave., is having their sale on Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

  • Tucson Organic Gardeners

  • The Tucson Organic Gardeners Fall Fair will feature more than a dozen vendors with seeds, herbs, flowers, trees, and more. 
    There will also be a free compost and gardening class at 11 a.m., in addition to children's activities. 
    The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Second Street parking lot of St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third Street. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Friday | July 27 | 3-7pm
Saturday | July 28 | 8am-1pm

The monsoon season brings our annual plant sale where we host local growers & nationally-renowned plant experts with their specially-selected inventory. Everyone is invited to come on down to buy the weird and wondrous and learn proper plant care.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Public gardens and parks that show Sonoran Desert's beauty

By Elena Acoba Special to the Arizona Daily Star
There are several public gardens and parks in the Tucson area that help you understand what can grow in the Sonoran Desert.
But sometimes hidden gardens sit in plain sight. They may look like mere landscaping, but with a few signs or an organized tour, they, too, can explain why they do well in our tough growing environment.
Read more about Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort,  Presidio San Agustin Del Tucson Museum and the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum here

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8 am-11 am
It's time for spring planting, and we have plants to sell! Twice a year, we hold our popular plant sales that fund the Master Gardener program. We have great plants at reasonable prices, and we only sell plants that we'd grow ourselves at our own Tucson-area homes.
You may want to come early. There is usually a line, and the most popular plants sell out fast! The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension grounds are at 4210 N Campbell Avenue. There is additional parking if you enter on Roger Road, East of Campbell Avenue.

19th Annual Master Gardener
Home Garden Tour
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 - 9 am - 3 pm
Art and design are the focus for the self-guided tour of four gardens in midtown Tucson. 
You will be delighted and inspired to see how the challenges of urban gardening can offer great opportunities and small spaces can be transformed with art, and whimsy. We’ll even explain how to raise chickens!
And of course there will be great plants and garden designs to amaze you. It 's not far off, so please mark your calendars for this not-to-be missed springtime event. More information about the tour and $15.00 advance tickets can be found here.
Purchase tickets online for $20 here,


Would you like to become a Pima County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer? Would you enjoy teaching people in the Tucson area about research-based gardening information to help them become more proficient? Do you have time to donate a minimum of 50 volunteer hours per year? Are you up for an intensive 18-week horticulture/gardening class that focuses on how to grow plants in Pima County? If so, the deadline for applications is coming up soon! Our 2018 class begins in August, but the application deadline is May 1st, 2018. We only do this once a year, so don't procrastinate!…/…/2018-pcmg-application2.pdf

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents

The Ultimate Home & Garden Tour

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Ultimate Home & Garden Tour returns to let you explore houses and gardens around the greater Tucson area! You’ll start the day off with a delicious champagne brunch at the Gardens provided by our very own Café Botanica. You’ll then be whisked away on a spacious tour coach to each home where you can see exciting plants and fascinating architecture. You’ll then rendezvous at a final home where you’ll be treated to additional wine and appetizers in a special setting.
Tickets Sold Out!
Call to be added to the wait list: (520) 326-9686 ext. *13
Ticket prices:
$150 non-member/$130 member
$285 non-member couple/$250 member couple
Tucson Area Iris Society “Spring into Iris” – our annual show Saturday April 14, 2018 - 9 AM to 3 PM Murphy-Wilmot Library large room to right of entrance  530 N. Wilmot Road



Sundays in the Garden – Spring Series

Join us every Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. this March and April in the Performance Garden. The concert is free with admission and free for members as one of the many amazing membership benefits. Treat yourself to a wonderful afternoon outdoors, sipping wine, and listening to live music. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. The concert series is brought you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society.


April 8 | Gary Stroutsos Trio | World Flute Muisic
April 15 | Bin Hu and Xia Jing | Guzheng and Classical Guitar
April 22 | Ignacio Mondaca | Classical Guitar
April 29 | Diana Yusupov | Classical Music – Cello


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

February 10, 2018

Tucson Area Iris Club monthly meeting at Noon at Murphy-Wilmot

Rick Tasco from Superstition Gardens will speak on
Iris hybridization

Thursday, September 07, 2017


Desert Survivors Fall Plant Sale

September 23 Saturday.

 Members only

Sept 26 (Tuesday) thru
September 30 (Saturday)
General public and member1020 W. Start Pass Blvd.

More info at desert

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday September 23 members only
6:30 a.m til noon

Public sale Sunday September 24
6:30 a.m. til noon


Pima County Master Gardeners

Plant Sale

Saturday October 7   8-11 AM

Pima County Cooperative Extension

4210 N. Campbell Avenue


Tohono Chul Fall Plant Sale

Fall is the Time to Plant!

Members’ Preview | Wednesday | Oct. 11| 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
General Public | Saturday | Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General Public | Sunday | Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.