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Dec 26, 2012 12:33 PM by Faye DeHoff

Tucson Water offering smartscape and landscaping classes

TUCSON - Tucson Water is offering smartscape and professional landscape training for your New Year projects.

Landscape professionals, including urban property managers, plant and nursery staff, landscape architects and designers, are encouraged to consider enrolling in the free training lectures and workshops designed for Green Industry personnel.

The first workshop is Tuesday, January 8. There are two per week through February 5, with training from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include Desert Adaptive Plants, Irrigation Systems, Designing Smartscapes and Landscape Water Management.

"While the training is focused on educating those working in the landscape trades, we encourage others to participate as well," said Fernando Molina, Tucson Water Public Information Officer. "Because professional landscapers manage a significant amount of water in this community, HOA board members and property managers should take interest in this program, as they frequently contract for landscape services. Learning about appropriate landscape management practices can ensure that water is being used as efficiently as possible, while saving some money in the process."

More than 300 people from the Tucson area have participated in the SmartScape training program in the past five years. The training program is designed to ensure that efficient use of water is considered in the design, installation and maintenance of landscapes.

To register or receive more information, call the SmartScape Program Office at: (520) 626-5161.
Go online to: tucsonaz.gov/water/smartscape for a flier, dates and topics.

SmartScape is a partnership program of Tucson Water and the Pima County Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, The University of Arizona.

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