BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy summer in the shade at the Botanical Gardens. Visitors are encouraged to bring a breakfast picnic and enjoy the shade of the grapefruit arbor and the huge mesquite trees. The Tropical Exhibit is a great place to see tropical fish and blooming exotic plants; and there is something in bloom all summer long throughout the garden's shady paths. Families can enjoy TBG mornings with a free Children's Discovery Guide, a fun-filled booklet filled with hands-on ways to discover native plants. Regular admission to the gardens is $4, $3 for seniors, and free for members and children under 12. Early-bird admission special between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. is just $1. Call 326-9255 for information.

Listings 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.

COMPOST CLASS. Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 326-9686. Have you ever wanted to start your own compost pile, but didn't know where to begin? Now is the time to learn with Home Composting in the Desert: Putting Life Back into the Earth from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26. The Tucson Organic Gardeners will cover all the basics: motivation, materials, operations, troubleshooting, and end uses. Cost is $8, $6 for TBG members. Call 326-9686 for registration and information.

DRYLANDS INSTITUTE. The Permaculture Drylands Institute wants to teach you about sustainable living in drylands. They meet the second Tuesday of each month for a community breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Congress Grill, 100 E. Congress St. Call 744-9305 for information. TW

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