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Landscape Workshops for the Southwest

Up to 70 percent of your water use is outdoors. Scottsdale's Water Conservation Office offers free landscape workshops designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have a lush, beautiful landscape.



Registration: Online or call 480-312-5690 and leave your name, address, phone number and the date(s) you would like to attend. Advanced registration is required for all workshops and tours and confirmations will be sent. Cost: Free to Scottsdale residents.

Mustang Library
10101 N 90th Street
Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden
SE Corner of McDonald & Hayden

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Plant Care in the Desert
Horticulturist and Master Gardener Kirti Mathura will cover proper techniques for watering, fertilizing, pruning and other maintenance tips for your desert garden.
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library
Learn to Prune - FULL
Pruning promotes the beauty, strength and health of your trees and shrubs. Learn basic pruning cuts in a hands-on outdoor setting from ISA Certified Arborist John Eisenhower. Class fills quickly so register early!
Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park, SE Corner of Hayden and McDonald:

Chaparral Park Map North

Program Your Irrigation Controller
Take control of your landscape watering with step-by-step instructions and hands-on practice adjusting the settings on your irrigation controller.
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library
"Smart" Irrigation Controllers
A new generation of irrigation controllers can automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on your yard’s needs and changes in weather conditions. Learn how this new technology can save up to 30 percent on your outdoor watering with Irrigation Specialist Jeff Lee.
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library

Landscaping for Wildlife
Turn your yard into a wildlife sanctuary! Horticulturist and Master Gardener Kirti Mathura will teach you how to create an inviting environment for birds, butterflies and other creatures using a wonderful array of native and desert adapted plants.
Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library

Drip Irrigation Design & Installation
Simple things you need to know! Irrigation Specialist Jeff Lee will show you how to design and install a drip system. Learn how to make your drip irrigation system efficient and easy to maintain.
Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library
Water-wise Gardening
Saving water, even in desert conditions isn’t hard as long as you’re smart about it. Join Gardening expert Carol Stuttard to learn some of the simple, inexpensive and low-tech gardening strategies of water-wise gardening. Find out about how to select, plant and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest.
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mustang Library



 Garden Tour

Go on a walking tour (approximately two miles) through Scottsdale’s five and a half acre Xeriscape Garden with Bill Casenhiser, the Garden’s caretaker.

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Date: Friday, March 6
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon 

Register online or call 480-312-5690 & leave your name, address, phone number & the date you would like to attend. Advanced registration required for all workshops & tours & confirmations will be sent. 

The Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park is located on the southeast corner of Hayden & McDonald. Enter the parking lot from Hayden Road. Look for the blue & white sign that says:

We will meet in front of the restrooms between Softball Fields 1 & 2.

Please bring water, a hat and sunscreen.

All attendees contacted by phone for rainy day cancellation.


Chaparral Park Map North


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