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Full 2014 Event Schedule

2014 CLASSES AND TOURS

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Classes and Tours are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Registration is not necessary.

Date Changes: Dates and times may change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please check this webpage for any updates, email us or call us.

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Sierra Vista Classes and Tours

JANUARY

LandscapeSaturday, January 4, 9-10:30 a.m.: "Artful and Eco-friendly Gardens." Need inspiration for your garden? Want to use more native plants and less water? How about encouraging lizards, birds and butterflies? Come learn from a professional designer and artist how to make your garden fun, colorful and interesting. Presenter: Greg Corman, artist and landscape designer with Gardening Insights, Inc. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall. Native bee houses will be for sale after the presentation.

FEBRUARY

clippersSaturday, February 1, 9-11:00 a.m.: "Prune for Plant Health and Vigor." Keep your plants healthy by knowing how and what to correctly prune. Bring pruning tools to sharpen. This is an outside demonstration, please dress for weather. Presenter: Bill Cook, Program Coordinator, UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ.

MARCH

DripSaturday, March 1, 9-11:30 a.m.: "Basics of Drip Irrigation." Wondering about your drip irrigation system? Want to put one in? Come learn about the parts of a drip irrigation system and water/soil relationships Presenter: Dr. Stephen Poe, UA Extension Specialist. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall.

APRIL - is Water Awareness Month!

WAM

BicyclesSaturday, April 5, Water Expo and the WaterCycle Ride

Location: The Mall at Sierra Vista, Hwy 92, Sierra Vista, AZ

The WaterCycle Ride: Kick off at the Expo, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Ride the easy 5-mile loop with your family and test your water cycle knowledge! Quiz stops will be set up along the route for you to see how well you know your watershed. Come to the Mall to sign in for prizes!! There will also be a “Leaky House” and a bike rodeo!

WATER EXPO: Inside the Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of great exhibits showing off the latest and greatest, and tried and true water conservation products and services. Come listen to presentations!

MAY

Saturday, May 3, 9-10:30 a.m.: "Happy, Healthy Plants through Inanttegrated Pest Management (IPM)." IPM is a method of controlling pests through learning about pest lifecycles and their interaction with the environment. Come learn how to apply these principles in your landscape to create a better, safter and healthier environment in a cost-effective manner. Presenter: Dr. Shaku Nair, UA Maricopa Agriculture Center. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall.

JUNE

CactusSaturday, June 7, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: "Success with Succulents." Come learn about the variety of succulents you can plan in your yard and how to care for them. Plants will be for sale after the talk. Presenter: Mark Sitter, B & B Cactus, Tucson. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall.

 

JULY

UmbrellaSaturday, July 12, Rainwater Harvesting Open Houses. Has Sierra Vista been busy harvesting water? You bet! Come "ooh and aah" over commercial and residential rainwater systems during open house hours. Guaranteed you will be impressed so much that you may just start collecting too! Call a Cooperative Extension office for maps and details. Location: Sierra Vista, AZ

 

AUGUST

HBirdSaturday, August 9, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. "Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants." Local native plants are THE BEST for attracting pollinators like moths, bats, bees and hummingbirds to your garden. The presenter will share experiences from her own yard where over 200 mostly low-water native plants attract 178 species of birds, 115 species of butterflies and 20 species of dragonflies. Phew! Presenter: Karen LeMay, Cochise County Master Gardener with some choice comments by Petey Mesquitey!). PLANTS will be for sale after the talk by Spadefoot Nursery. Location: University of Arizona Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall.

 

Xeriscape

Saturday, August 23
17th Annual Water Wise/Master Gardener Xeriscape Tour
10 a.m. –1 p.m.

Several beautiful low-water landscapes in the Sierra Vista area will be open to the public for this self-guided tour. Email our Cooperative Extension office for maps and details.

 

 

OCTOBER

Well Owner's Workshop to be announced.

NOVEMBER

Saturday,  November 1,Septic Care, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Proper care for a septic system will help prolong the life of the system – and protect well water quality. Presenter: Dr. Kitt Farrell-Poe,UA Water Quality Specialist. Location: UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room. Free.


Bisbee Classes and Tours

Location: 64 Brewery Ave., Old Bisbee (offices underneath City Park on Brewery Ave)
First Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

FEBRUARY

gardenWednesday, February 4, "Strawbale Gardening - Get Ready for Spring Gardening." Garden without bending down, battling rocks, or Bermuda grass! Planting in strawbales is easy and successful. Presenter: Cado Daily, UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise and avid straw bale gardener!

 

MARCH

DripWednesday, March 5, "Drip Irrigation Basics." This talk will familiarize you with the parts of a drip irrigation system, system design and how to use drip irrigation properly. Watering schedules will be discussed. Presenter: UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise.

 

WAM

APRIL - is Water Awareness Month!

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Wednesday, April 2, "When and How Much Should I Water?" Are you watering too much or too little? Come learn about the science and art of watering your plants. Presenter: UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise.

 

 

BicyclesSaturday, April 5, Water Expo and the Water (Bi)Cycle Ride

Locations: WATER EXPO: The Mall at Sierra Vista, Hwy 92, Sierra Vista, AZ, Public Meeting Room, Groth Hall.

The Water (Bi)Cycle Ride: Kick off at the Expo, April 5. Ride the easy 5-mile loop with your family and test your water cycle knowledge! Quiz stops will be set up along the route for you to see how well you know your watershed. Come to the Mall to sign in for prizes!!

April 2, “When and How Much Should I Water?”    Are you watering too much or too little? Come learn about the science and art of watering your plants. Presenter: UA Water Wise Program.

SATURDAY, June 7, “Success with Succulents”  TIME: 1 to 3 p.m. These tough, durable plants are right at home in the hot, dry climate of southeastern Arizona. Come out and learn about the variety of succulent plants that make spectacular landscape specimens. Mark Sitter, B & B Cactus Ranch from Tucson. Plants will be for sale after the talk.

SATURDAY, July 19, Rainwater Tour—Open House. See rainwater harvesting systems in Bisbee during open house hours.  Contact Water Wise for details.

August 6, “Winter Vegetable Gardening” Winter is one of the easiest times to grow vegetables here in Cochise County, and there is no need to cover crops!. Come learn what to plant and how to winter garden. Presenter: UA Water Wise Program.

SATURDAY September 13, “Planting Trees and Shrubs” Learn how to correctly plant and care for your new purchase. Location and time to be announced.

October 1, “Graywater and Rainwater Harvesting”  Come learn how to use recycled water and rainwater for landscape plants. Presenter: UA Water Wise Program.

 

Other Great Events

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March 13 & 14: “High on the Desert” Cochise County Master Gardeners Association        Conference. Call a Cooperative Extension office for details or visit the Master Gardener website (registration required. Fee.)

Cochise Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

 

 

Free On-Site Visits

For Cochise County Residents: Need help with your landscape? Don't know how to water or what that plant is in your yard? No fear, Water Wise is here! Water Wise specialists are available to visit your home or business and help you do what you want, but more water efficiently.

A qualified water conservation educator will visit your home or business and give tips specific to you! Contact us! (Phone numbers listed below).

  • Free Irrigation Inspection: Do you know how your irrigation system works? Do you know if it leaks? Do you know how to set the timer? We can help!

  • Free Landscape Design Consultation: Need ideas on how to have a lovely, low-water landscape? Want to have a landscape that relies on rainwater harvesting? We can help!

  • Free Rainwater Harvesting Consultation: Want to collect rainwater but don't know where to start? Have a system you would like to expand? We can help!

  • Free Home Inspection: Wonder why your water bill is so high? We can help! Water Wise specialists will visit your home and help you troubleshoot leaks.

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Water Wise Office County Locations:

University of Arizona Sierra Vista
1140 N. Colombo
Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635
520-458-8278 x 2141
Cado Daily, Cyndi Wilkins

66 Brewery Gulch
Bisbee, AZ
520-366-8148
Cado Daily, Cyndi Wilkins

Cochise County Building
450 S. Haskell
Willcox, AZ 85643
520-384-3594
Cado Daily

 

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