GARDENINGBOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take a Birds and Gardening Tour, at 9 a.m. Thursday mornings. This tour will teach you about plants and gardening practices that will attract birds to your garden. Exploring the Tucson Botanical Gardens highlights TBG history and plant trivia, and will familiarize visitors with native flora. With the Gardening For The Newcomer class, students learn to create eye-catching, appealing landscapes using drought-tolerant plants. Classes are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday, and the third Saturday of the month. Cost is $5, $3 for TBG members. Regular admission to the gardens is $4, $3 for seniors, and free for members and children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
CASA DEL AGUA. 4366 N. Stanley Place. The Casa del Agua is a demonstration and education project operated by Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona. It's a demonstration and education project that includes information about indoor water conservation, xeriscape, rainwater harvesting, and graywater systems. Free tours are offered on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, excluding holidays. Call 887-1185 to arrange for special student and group presentations.
GARDENING DEMONSTRATIONS. Free demonstrations are given at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.: on November 5, discuss Drip Irrigation--Winter Watering Schedule. The last part of the meeting takes time to look at samples of plants brought in for identification, diagnosis and treatment. Demonstrations are held in the open and last about one hour. Call 626-5161 for information.
ORCHID SOCIETY. MarketPlace USA. 3750 E. Irvington Road. The Orchid Society of Southern Arizona sponsors a Tucson area flower and garden show and sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 1 and 2. Enjoy gardening demonstrations, and information from the Cactus and Succulent Society, the Rose Society, Tucson Organic Gardeners and others.
RAINWATER HARVEST. The Permaculture Drylands Institute wants you to learn how to harvest and store rain water! Their Rainwater Harvesting workshop, November 1 and 2, in Arivaca, will give you hands-on building opportunities, permaculture design fundamentals, and other tips crucial to ecological desert living. Cost is $65, with some scholarships available. Also inquire about their Roof Water Harvesting and Storage Tank Construction Workshop, scheduled for November 7 through 9. Call Meg Keoppen at 398-2065 for registration and information.
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