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Living Green Events for September

Post Date:09/08/2017 4:36 PM

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WINTER RYEGRASS: TO OVERSEED OR NOT TO OVERSEED. Let us help with our top ten reasons!

GASP! ARE YOU GOING TO PLANT WINTER GRASS ANYWAY? PLANT WINTER GRASS CORRECTLY. Learn more in this AMWUA blog from turfgrass researchers at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa County Cooperative Extension program.

sprinklers for overseeding


ARIZONA FORWARD NAMES STATEWIDE FINALISTS IN 37TH ANNUAL ENVIRONMNETAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS. Highlighting entrants from green buildings and livable communities to innovative public art and clean technologies. Five Mesa projects will be receiving awards at the Sept. 23 awards ceremony.

IMAGINE MESA WANTS YOUR IDEAS FOR OUR FUTURE Imagine Mesa is a new program designed to engage our residents in shaping a vision for our future. You are encouraged to go online to submit, discuss and support ideas that focus on five topics, including Mesa’s Green Future.


Sept. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. GREEN LIVING MAGAZINE SEPT ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY is taking place at the Ferguson Showroom at Dana Park! The usual $12 admission is being waived, so you can register for FREE! Meet and mingle and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors.

Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. See Mesa Urban Garden events below!

Oct. 4 -OR- Oct. 14 from 9:15-11:15 a.m. FALL IRRIGATION CLINIC. Learn how to layout and design a system, repair valves and timers, and system maintenance. Taught by Home Depot staff, Bob and Melissa. Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe St. in Mesa. Space is limited, call to register at 480-218-2221.

Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to Noon HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENT at the East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur. Collection events are scheduled 4 times each year to collect paints, oil, pesticides, batteries, CFLs, prescription drugs, tires, electronics and appliances.

Oct. 21 from 5-9 p.m. CELEBRATE MESA - be sure to stop by this family event at the Red Mountain Soccer Complex, 905 N. Sun Valley Blvd. Enjoy games, rides, music, and a giant zip line. Look for the City of Mesa Environmental Management & Sustainability Department just as you enter (next to the haunted bus) and participate in our fun activities for great prizes! FREE!

Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DESERT HARVEST FESTIVAL will take place at 514 S. Mountain Rd. Mesa. Farmer’s Market, Chile Cook-off, Chile Roaster, Chile Powder, Food Trucks, Horse-drawn Plowing Demo and more. If questions, email Bill Robinson at


(Located at 212 E. 1st Ave.)

MESA URBAN GARDEN: Heck yea, it’s time to garden! If you don’t want all the muss, fuss, weeding, digging and amending, why not just rent a garden bed from Mesa Urban Garden? Beds are ready for planting! Soil, irrigation system and water are all included. Contact Laurie at 480-202-3022 or Here are upcoming events at the garden, located at 212 E 1st Ave.

  • SEPT 30: Open House & Volunteer Fair, 9-11 a.m. – Want to learn more about the Mesa Urban Garden? Looking for a great place to garden or to contribute to your community directly with your time & talents? Stop by and learn how it all started, how you can rent a bed, or hear about all of our current volunteer opportunities. We have a variety of roles and are a 100% volunteer run urban garden committed to providing a community space to learn and grow!
  • OCT 7: Garden Multi-Tasking: Edible Flowers and Seed Saving. Don’t miss this fun workshop by Catherine, The Herb Lady, where she will explain how edible flowers and seed saving creates multiple benefits in your garden. She will discuss regional adaptation for stronger plants and edible flowers multitasking from garden to kitchen. Catherine will also answer your gardening questions and tell you what to plant NOW!

Learn more at or check out their new Instagram account.


PLANT OF THE MONTH: Desert Milkweed: See why I’ve included this amazing plant in every landscape I’ve had. See all of our Plant of the Month features.

Can it be RECYCLED? Pouches are NOT ACCEPTABLE in the blue barrel. You know the ones, baby food, drink pouches – even those used for coffee. These are often made from different materials that can’t be separated for recycling. BUT… if you’re an AVID Recycler (and I hope you are), you can recycle pouches with Terracycle.

Seed Library at Mesa Main Library. The Seed Library allows library card holders to check out three seed packets per month for free. Choose from a wide variety of seeds for edible plants and herbs, bring your seeds home to grow, and save the seeds to donate back to the library.

Seed Library at RM


  • SEPT 14: FALL VEGETABLE GARDENING. The cool season is one of our best growing times. Don’t miss this class taught by the entertaining Master Gardener Pam Perry! She’ll demonstrate how to set up your bed, get the best soil and watering systems, and teach you the best vegetables to grow for the season. Register.
  • OCT 22: WINGS & THINGS: ATTRACTING POLLINATORS. Would you like to create a pollinator habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees? Master Gardener, Gail Morris brings incredible expertise on the topic. She is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study and participates with other amazing organizations. Register.
  • OCT 28: MESQUITE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Come on out and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast including pancakes made from mesquite flour! You’ll also be supporting Trees Matter, a nonprofit supporting tree planting in the Valley. Details.
  • NOV 4: Are you into birds and gardens? It’s almost here, the annual, bird-friendly, water conserving, East Valley garden tour. Get great ideas from local birding and garden enthusiasts own backyards. More details at 2017 Tour de Bird including locations and maps.
  • OCT 5: Economic Value of Green Knowledge is EmPOWERing is the first of the City of Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture Series starting back up this fall. 7-8:30 p.m. See entire series.
  • Water – Use It Wisely Calendar of Events features landscape workshops happening across the Valley.



  • Sept. 15 & 16: AZ Community Tree Council Annual Conference & Workshop. Planning our Future: Connecting People and Food Forests. This is the perfect conference for tree care professionals covering topics such as tree impacts on community health and tree care best practices. Prescott, AZ.
  • Sept. 22-24: Planning, Growing & Harvesting Edible Urban Forests. Find great presentations by Brad Lancaster, Rafael de Grenade, Jonathan Mabry, Ann Audrey and others. You can register for the entire conference and tours or just individual days. Register by Sept. 14 to receive a copy of the new Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide. Tucson, AZ.


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