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Real Gardens for Real People Tour Returns to West Valley

This year's Real Gardens for Real People tour takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 14, and features seven gardens in El Mirage, Peoria, Sun City West, and Surprise.

The garden tour offers inspiration for gardeners of all ages and experience levels. Master Gardeners will be available in every garden, presenting interactive demonstrations of gardening techniques and answering questions.

More information is available at Ticket Information

Buy Tickets Online Now

Tickets are $25 (cash or check made out to University of Arizona) on tour day at El Mirage Community Garden on the southeast corner of Thunderbird and El Mirage Roads in El Mirage, AZ 85335. A map with garden addresses and directions will be provided with tickets.

Summer 2015 Master Gardener Training Class

Tuesdays, July 7, 2015 - October 27, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Application online soon. Email to be notified when the Summer 2015 application form becomes available.

Looking for FREE gardening information?

We have a library free for you to use!

  • Science-based research from the University of Arizona
  • Info is specifically for the Low-Desert
  • A wide variety of gardening topics
  • Did we mention that they are free?
  • Visit the Library!
Do you have a question about Gardening?
  • Call our Gardening Hotline
    (602) 827-8201

  • Ask a Master Gardener, at one of our three locations in Maricopa County
    • In Phoenix:
      Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
      4341 E. Broadway Road
      Phoenix, AZ 85040
      (602) 827-8201
      8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Monday through Friday
      View Map

    • In the West Valley:
      13815 Camino del Sol
      Sun City West, AZ 85375
      (623) 546-1672
      9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      Monday through Friday
      View Map

    • In the Northeast Valley:
      Via Linda Senior Center
      10440 E. Via Linda
      Scottsdale, AZ
      (480) 312-8474
      Tuesday and Thursday
      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      View Map

Books on Gardening in the Desert:

Purchase Desert Gardening for Beginners
Desert Gardening
for Beginners
more info
buy Desert Landscaping for Beginners
Desert Landscaping
for Beginners
more info

Earth Friendly
Desert Gardening
more info
Desert Water Gardening For Beginners
Desert Water Gardening
Creating a Balanced
Ecosystem in a
Backyard Pond
more info
Desert Plants for a Water Scarce Environment CD image
Desert Landscaping
Version 2.0
more info