The AMWUA members and partners host hundreds of educational workshops for residents, professional training,and public events every year to share information and expertise and empower us all be a little more water wise.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Edible & Medicinal Plants Tour
Superior

Time: 8am

Audience: Residents

Description: Dave Morris spent decades studying how native people in Arizona used plant materials and survived in the Sonoran Desert. He's an ethnobotanist, member of the Choctaw nation, a raconteur, and popular guide for this once-a-month walking tour showcasing edible, medicinal and useful plants of the surrounding Sonoran Desert at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. Dave shares his botanical trove of Sonoran Desert knowledge (liberally sprinkled with excruciating puns and jokes). You'll see jojoba, creosote, and other plants while Dave explains their medicinal and edible uses. Join us to learn how prickly-pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojoba and other native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran Desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. * Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers

Cost: Included with Membership with Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Website: http://www.btarboretum.org/events

More information and to register: (602) 827-3000

Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E. US Highway 60, Superior [ Map ]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Hydrate Glendale Series: Hydrate Your Greywater
Glendale

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Audience: Residents

Description: Did you know that an average household’s laundry water produces enough greywater to support a backyard fruit tree? We’ll show you how to use a laundry-to-landscape system to recycle this greywater for use in your yard to nourish plants and reduce your municipal water usage. This session will cover best practices for greywater use and will guide you to creating a greywater action plan for your home.

Cost: Free

Website: https://watershedmg.org/learn/classes/hydrate

More information and to register: RSVP at watershedmg.org/hydrate. Additional questions? Contact Ryan Wood, WMG Program Manager at (602)618-6650

Location: Glendale Main Library, 5959 W Brown St, Glendale [ Map ]

Friday, May 31, 2019
28th Annual Desert Horticulture Conference
Tucson

Time: 7:15am-4pm

Audience: Professionals

Description: The Desert Horticulture Conference is the premier annual conference for all members of the southwest green industry: landscape architects, designers, growers, retailers, contractors, maintenance personnel, suppliers, and educators. Presenting timely and research-based information relevant for designing, building, maintaining, and producing plants for urban landscapes in the arid Southwest.

Cost: $95-$105

Website: https://cals.arizona.edu/spls/content/desert-horticulture-conference-2019-registration-form

More information and to register: 520-621-1977

Location: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass, Tucson [ Map ]

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2019
DBG Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Phoenix

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Audience: Professionals

Description: For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.

Cost: $259-$324

Website: https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1267

More information and to register: 480-481-8146, 480-481-8121 or registrar@dbg.org

Location: Desert Botanical Garden Desert Landscape School, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix [ Map ]

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2019
DBG Gardens for the Desert Climate
Phoenix

Time: 3pm-5pm

Audience: Residents

Description: From its summer heat extremes to its surprise winter cold snaps, Arizona’s climate can make gardening a challenge. Fortunately, there are some plants and gardening practices that can beat the odds. Learn about some of these from expert gardener Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.

Cost: $30-$38

Website: https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1245

More information and to register: 480.481.8146, 480.481.8121or registrar@dbg.org

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix [ Map ]

Thursday, Jun 06, 2019
Todo Sobre el Riego
Avondale

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Audience: Residents

Description: Esta clase sera la base para entender la relación entre plantas, suelos y agua.

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.avondaleaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=9944

More information and to register: Advanced registration is required, as space is limited and class can be canceled due to low registration. Please register at eavila@avondaleaz.gov or by calling Avondale Public Works at (623)333-4400

Location: Avondale City Hall Building or Avondale Civic Center Library, 11465 W Civic Center Drive or 11350 W Civic Center Drive, Avondale [ Map ]

Sunday, Jun 09, 2019
Smartscape Workshops
Phoenix

Time: 3pm-6pm

Audience: Professionals

Description: Smartscape workshops are designed to provide education on the fundamentals of designing, installing, and maintaining beautiful, water-efficient landscapes. The training program is specifically for landscape industry professionals such as: landscape architects and designers, installation and maintenance supervisors and crew members, nursery employees, municipal employees, property managers, and HOA committee members.

Cost: $95 per person

Website: http://bit.ly/SmartscapeF19

More information and to register: Contact Kirti Mathura, Smartscape Program Coordinator at Smartscape@cals.arizona.edu or call 602-827-8206

Location: University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension , 4341 East Broadway Rd , Phoenix [ Map ]

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019
DBG Laundry to Landscape
Phoenix

Time: 6pm-8pm

Audience: Residents

Description: Don’t let greywater go to waste with each spin cycle and shower. Learn to install a few plumbing additions that divert dirty water known as greywater from your washing machine and shower to help support your landscape watering needs. Instructed by Ryan Wood, Watershed Management Group. Limit 30.

Cost: $30-$38

Website: https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1245

More information and to register: 480.481.8146, 480.481.8121or registrar@dbg.org

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix [ Map ]

Sunday, Jul 14, 2019
DBG Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Phoenix

Time: 2pm-4pm

Audience: Residents

Description: Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Cost: $35-$44

Website: https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1245

More information and to register: 480.481.8146, 480.481.8121 or registrar@dbg.org

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix [ Map ]

Saturday, Jul 20, 2019
DBG Plant Propagation
Phoenix

Time: 2pm-4pm

Audience: Residents

Description: Join the Garden's Rosa Crespo and Angelica Elliott to learn techniques for propagating plants, including how to collect and sow seeds, divide specialized structures and take cuttings. Use these skills to propagate various plant materials to take home. Discover how to succeed with both sexual and asexual propagation of various plants to enhance your garden, save money and overcome many plant-growing challenges. All materials included. Limit 15.

Cost: $40-$45

Website: https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1245

More information and to register: 480.481.8146, 480.481.8121 or registrar@dbg.org

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix [ Map ]