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Calendar of Events


DECEMBER 2002
12/5 thru 12/7 - 25th Anniversary of Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. (480) 941-1225. For its Silver Anniversary, members of the Volunteers in the Garden once again sponsor and staff Las Noches de las Luminarias. All proceeds benefit the Garden. The paths at the Garden are softly lit by 7000 luminarias from 5:30 to 9:30 each of the three evenings. Entertainment is featured at intervals throughout the Garden, ranging from a bell choir to a Native American flute. There's even a storyteller. Parking is at the Phoenix Municipal Parking Lot, 5999 East Van Buren (southwest corner of Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street). Free shuttle service is provided to and from the Garden. Handicapped parking with identification is permitted at the Garden. Hot cider and cookies are complimentary; additional food can be purchased at the Food Pavilion inside Dorrance Hall. Come back later for dessert on the patio. The Garden Shop and the Mercado feature unique holiday gifts, Christmas cacti, musicians CDs, a commemorative hand-painted ornament by artist Brenda Schodt, and note cards featuring artist Ed Mell's Christmas cactus by moonlight.

12/6 thru 12/8 - Luminaria Nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens at 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85712. (520) 326-9686. Two thousand luminarias light up the Botanical Gardens for this holiday family tradition. Music, refreshments, decorations, and entertainment make this a very popular evening.

Vicagave12/7 - Holiday Plant and Gift Bazaar at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 South Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff Arizona 86001. Herbs, bulbs, and succulents will be highlighted at this year's event. Gift tags and foil wrap will also be available at the sale. Gardens close for the season on Sunday, December 15, 2002, and the Arboretum's Arbor Gifts & Books closes for the season on Saturday, December 21, 2002.

12/14 - Roses in the Desert Class from 9:30am until 12:30pm. Mary Lou Coffman, Master Gardener, Consulting Rosarian, and American Rose Society Accredited Judge will be presenting. Seating is limited, so call Carefree Town Hall to make a reservation. Most seminars will be held in the Town Council chambers in Carefree Town Center. Participants will be given maps and directions. All seminars are open to the public at no charge. Speakers will have excellent visuals and provide handout materials. A number of books on desert plants and landscape will be available for sale as several promotional items.
Registration required. Address: Carefree Town Center, Carefree, Arizona. Subject: Plant Care. Contact: Pamela Slate at pameladaz@aol.com. Phone: (480) 488-3686.

JANUARY 2003
1/18 - East Valley Citrus Clinic. Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Greenfield Citrus Nursery & Orange Patch, 2558 E. Lehi Rd., Mesa, Arizona. Learn to care for your citrus, deciduous fruit trees, grapes, and berries.
Presentations: Citrus Pest Management, Citrus Fertilization and Irrigation, Disease Management, Pruning Citrus and Deciduous Fruit Trees, Low Chill Deciduous Fruit Varieties, "Taste Testing" of Citrus Varieties, Planting Citrus, and much, much more! $5.00 per person advance tickets; $8.00 at the gate. Call (602) 470-1556 ext. 304 for additional information. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Carol Noyes, 602/470-8086 ext. 308. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

1/20 thru 1/22 - Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design. 8:00am to 5:00pm each day. This educational program on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) was developed specifically for the Arizona and the southwestern CEA industry. A 3 - day continuing professional education short course, consisting of a series of plant sciences, engineering, and marketing presentations, will offer greenhouse crop production operational and design information. The major topics of plant production, including nutrition, irrigation, pest management, marketing, and environmental control will be presented. Price: TBD. Registration required. Restricted to: introductory to advanced students. Location: U of A campus. Address: CEA Building, CAC roger/campbell. Contact: Gene Ciacomelli (Kathleen Crist) at giacomel@ag.Arizona.edu. Phone: (520) 621-1412. Sponsor: Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering. Website http://ag.Arizona.edu/ceac /extension/cpes.jan03.htm.

1/25 - Australia Day at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 Hwy 60, Superior, Arizona 85273. 11:00am to 3:00pm. Join them for a day in the land down under as Paul Taylor, Australian folklorist, spins stories, poems, and tales. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is home to one of the largest collections of Australian plants in the arboretum world. Horticulturists give tours of the Australian Walkabout Trail and explain the wonders of the giant gum trees. How would you like to build and play your own didjeridoo? Mr. Taylor leads a class in this growling, howling aboriginal instrument. The cost is $35 ($25 to members of the Friends of the Arboretum), and preregistration is required. Call (520) 689-5248 to enroll.

1/25 - West Valley Citrus Clinic. Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. University of Arizona Citrus Agricultural Center, Waddell , Arizona. Learn to care for your citrus, deciduous fruit trees, grapes, and berries. Presentations: Citrus Pest Management, Citrus Fertilization and Irrigation, Disease Management, Pruning Citrus and Deciduous Fruit Trees, Low Chill Deciduous Fruit Varieties, "Taste Testing" of Citrus Varieties, Planting Citrus, and much, much more! $5.00 per person advance tickets; $8.00 at the gate. Call 602/470-1556 ext. 304 for additional information. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Carol Noyes, (602) 470-8086 ext. 308. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.



Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Last Updated January 25, 2003
Author: Lucy K. Bradley, Extension Agent Urban Horticulture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
© 1997 The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County
Comments to Maricopa-hort@ag.arizona.edu 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040,
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