Scottsdale Water presents workshops, tours for residents

Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your home while saving water and money this winter by attending a Scottsdale Water Fall Landscape Workshop or Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden tour. Classes and the tour are free and open to all Scottsdale residents.

Scottsdale Water From drip irrigation design and maintenance to complete backyard makeovers and rainwater harvesting, workshops cover multiple facets of desert landscaping and are appropriate for all levels of skill and experience. Workshops will be held at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street and the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda.

During the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden tour, Garden Caretaker Bill Casenhiser will guide you through the 5.5-acre desert oasis near Hayden and McDonald roads. The garden is home to over 7,000 beautiful, water-thrifty plants of 200 different species, according to a press release.

Advanced registration is required for the workshops and tour and can be made online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Water or by calling 480-312-5690. Confirmations will be provided, stated the release.

Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • Maximize Landscape Watering Efficiency
    • Irrigation Specialist Jeff Lee will shed light on common irrigation questions and more. Learn how to maximize your irrigation performance and increase your watering efficiency by knowing how much to water and when.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street
  • Landscape Makeover & Rainwater Harvesting
    • Learn design basics including rainwater harvesting to jump-start your landscape makeover. Landscape design professional Jo Miller will share tips and techniques on space planning and improved plant health.
    • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20
    • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Location: Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda
  • Irrigation Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Repair
    • Get the basics on good maintenance practices, troubleshooting and techniques to keep your landscape irrigation system running smoothly from Irrigation Specialist Jeff Lee.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 17
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street
  • Drip Irrigation Design & Installation
    • Simple things you need to know to make your drip irrigation system efficient and easy to maintain. Irrigation Specialist Jeff Lee will show you how to design and install a drip system.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 10
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street
  • 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, Oct. 6
    • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Location: Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda
  • Program Your Irrigation Controller
    • Irrigation Specialist Bill Casenhiser will help you take control of your landscape watering with step-by-step instructions. You’ll get hands-on practice setting and adjusting the timer on an irrigation controller.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 3
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street
  • Plant Selection
    • Choosing plants that are just right for your yard is the key to landscaping in the desert. Master Gardener Cathy Rymer will teach you basic design concepts and plant choices.
    • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27
    • Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Location: Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda
  • Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour
    • Take a walking tour (approximately two miles) through the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park with Bill Casenhiser, the garden’s caretaker. See water-thrifty plants in action and have your desert plant questions answered by an expert.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 31
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Location: Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park (SE Corner of Hayden/McDonald)
    • Please meet in front of the restrooms between Softball Fields 1 & 2.
    • Remember to bring water, a hat and sunscreen.
    • We will contact registrants by phone for rainy day cancellation.

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