For those of you in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, the end of January brings two of the best citrus events in the country. Held every year, the University of Arizona Maricopa County Master Gardener Citrus Clinics are a terrific opportunity to learn everything you could possibly want to know about growing and caring for citrus in the desert.
The East Valley Citrus Clinic will be held Saturday, January 24th at Greenfield Citrus Nursery in Mesa. (Greenfield is the finest citrus nursery in the country, and even if you just wander around, it's worth the visit.). The West Valley Clinic will be held the following weekend, Saturday, January 31st, at the University of Arizona Citrus Agricultural Center in Waddell. The Citrus Ag Center is also a great place to visit and they always have something interesting growing on the grounds.
The clinics open at 8:30a.m. and the programs get under way at 9 o'clock, with six programs repeating until noon.
Tickets are $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the gate, and worth every penny.
For more information on the topics covered, for tickets, and for directions and other information, visit the Maricopa County Master Gardener Web site.