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Learn to garden like a pro at the 4th Annual Garden and Landscape Conference: WATERMARK$

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Learn to garden like a pro at the 4th Annual Garden and Landscape Conference: WATERMARK$

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the Graham County Master Gardeners Association will host the fourth annual Gila Valley Gardening and Landscaping Conference on Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Circle D Ranch on EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Admission for the day-long event is $25/students or $30/person in advance (post marked by Feb. 21) or $40/person at the door. Registration forms are available at the U of A Cooperative Extension Office, Graham County Chamber of Commerce, Trinity Landscaping, and Curtis Landscaping. Forms can also be downloaded at: . The admission price includes a Dutch oven BBQ lunch with all the fixin’s and door prizes at the end of the conference.

Topics to be discussed during the conference include “Arizona Climate – The Facts” by Dr. Michael Crimmins of the University of Arizona (U of A); “Gila Water Settlement – What it Means to the Gila Valley” by Neil Montierth of the Gila Irrigation District; “Gila Watershed Partnership” by Jan Holder; “Soil Comparisons” by Marcy Blackwelder of the U of A; “Irrigation Techniques” by Chuck Campos of Trinity Landscaping; “Snub Your Nose at the Drought with Water Wise” by Cado Daily of the U of A; and “Water Harvesting-Harvest and use it-It’s Free!” by Kathryn Hahne of the Pima County Cooperative Extension.

“The mission of the Graham County Master Gardeners Association,” said Marilyn Weaver, the group’s past president, “is to inform the general public on sound horticultural practices in their own landscapes and gardens.”

For more information about the conference call the Extension Office at 428-2611.