BOTANICAL 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.

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 DEMONSTRATION. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff a compost demonstration site at the Tucson Botanical Gardens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday to answer your composting questions. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 670-9158; or 883-0377.

GARDENING DEMONSTRATIONS. Free demonstrations are given at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.: on October 22, learn more about Hydroponics. 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.

GREEN VALLEY GARDENING. Green Valley Baptist Church. 1111 N. La Cañada Drive. The Green Valley Cooperative Extension presents a series of free gardening lectures and demonstrations on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. On October 21, learn what to do about "critters" in your house. Call 1-520-648-0808 for information.

ORGANIC GARDENERS. Heidelburg House. 4606 E. Pima St. The Tucson Organic Gardeners present a free lecture on The Fall Garden at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 21. John Begeman offers tips on the kinds of vegetables to plant for the winter in Tucson. There will be plenty of informational papers available, as well as a table of seeds, plants, produce and garden items for sale before the lecture. Call 670-9158 or 883-0377 for information.

PERMACULTURE BREAKFAST. 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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