To continue to provide quality, affordable professional development opportunities to landscape professionals across the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, the upcoming Smartscape workshop series will be held in Goodyear, Arizona starting August 8th and running Mondays and Wednesdays through August 31st, 2011. Sponsored by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA is a Water ā€“ Use It Wisely Arizona partner) and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County, the series has an outstanding speaker lineup including Mary Irish, garden author, and Dr. Ursula Schuch, University of Arizona plant scientist and researcher.

Smartscape prepares students with the essential skills to plan, create, and care for low-water-use landscapes and plants. Taught by experts in the green industry, Smartscape delivers 20 hours of high-quality education on the best irrigation and horticultural practices for the desert southwest. For just $60, students receive a Smartscape manual with valuable materials, instruction from experts in green industry, and snacks and refreshments. Landscape companies send their crew members to Smartscape to receive training at an affordable price. ā€œI will always send my employees to this class,ā€ one Smartscape graduate noted.

Upon completion of the course, graduates receive two Smartscape logo decals, a lapel pin, a certificate of completion, and a chance to market themselves as a Smartscape professional by listing their contact information in the Smartscape online directory. This directory is a great resource for homeowners who are looking to hire knowledgeable and trained landscape professionals.

Registration for the Fall 2011 Smartscape series is now open. Download and print the registration form or contact Haley Paul, Smartscape Program Coordinator, at or (602) 827-8200 x395 with any questions.

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