Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series

Seminars are held on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 
33 Easy St. 
Map to 33 Easy Street


The Town of Carefree is pleased to announce the 2020 dates for the return of its popular annual garden seminars. Programs usually include a plant raffle, and a suggested donation of $5 or more is requested in order to support these programs.

Call the Town of Carefree at 480-488-3686 for more information.

Seminar Series Planning Committee
Master Gardeners: Pamela Slate, Faith King, Sue Plosker, Marilyn Maloney and Joanne Rebollo
Horticulturist: Rita Gosnell

Photo by Noelle Johnson

January 11, 2020 -  Desert Gardening Simplified 

Guest Speaker: Noelle Johnson, aka “AZ Plant Lady” and writer of the popular garden blog "Ramblings from a Desert Garden." 

A Certified Arborist with a degree in Urban Horticulture, Johnson's program will help you avoid common gardening mistakes, and provide tools for creating a beautiful garden that thrives in a hot, dry climate. These tried and true techniques will arm attendees with strategies for creating an easy-care delightful outdoor space.

Photo: Noelle Johnson

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February 8, 2020 - Garden Insects:  Friends And Foes 

Guest Speaker: Carol Stuttard, an adjunct professor in the Horticulture Department at Mesa Community College and instructor at Desert Botanical Garden.

Stuttard explores garden insects as benefactors as well as pests, and will share techniques for using bugs to improve a garden. This seminar will introduce the wonderful, fascinating world of insects and show how they play a vital role in desert ecology.

Photo by Judy Mielke

March 14, 2020 - Blending Hardscape with Landscape 

Guest Speaker: Judy Mielke, Senior Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson.

Mielke is well known for her award-winning book “Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes” and has been designing public and private landscapes for over 35 years. This seminar will show why landscapes should feature beautiful plants that provide shade, color, fragrance and food, as well as incorporate walls, seating, paving, ramadas, container plantings and other "hardscape" elements. It will also cover mulch materials, both rock and organic, and water harvesting ideas.

Photo: Judy Mielke

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April 18, 2020 - Gardening for Fragrance 

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Soule Ph.D., a Tucson native who holds numerous degrees in Botany and related fields, including an internship at the prestigious Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia.

Dr. Soule has traveled the globe studying vegetation, and will share the appeal of fragrance in the garden, a topic often neglected in landscape plant selection. This seminar will focus on some of the many fragrant plants that do well in Southwest deserts, while primarily focusing on plants used for landscape design.

Photo: Jacqueline Soule