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Maricopa Smartscape – Spring 2021



Tuesday and Thursdays
February 2 – March 4, 2021
3:00 to 6:00 pm


Online – ZOOM (Links to be sent to registered participants)


Smartscape is a training program specifically designed for professionals in the landscape industry and associated fields. A range of students attend Smartscape, such as those owning or working for landscaping companies (installation ​and ​maintenance ​supervisors ​and ​crew ​members, or ​office personnel ​involved ​in ​scheduling ​field ​staff ​or ​contracting), employees of municipal parks and recreation departments, nurseries, landscape architecture or design firms, and property management companies, as well as HOA members.

Smartscape programs ​are ​designed ​to ​provide ​education ​on ​a ​wide ​range ​of ​topics ​encountered ​in ​the ​landscape ​field​, with ​instruction ​from ​experts ​in ​the ​green ​industry. Attendees can ​earn continuing ​education for ​International ​Society ​of ​Arboriculture ​(ISA), Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), or ​the ​Arizona ​chapter ​of ​the ​American ​Society ​of ​Landscape ​Architects (AzASLA) certification.

The Smartscape course ​prepares ​students ​with ​the ​essential ​skills ​to ​plan, ​create, ​and ​care ​for ​water-efficient ​landscapes. ​Smartscape ​delivers ​20 ​hours ​of ​high-quality ​education ​on ​the ​best ​irrigation ​and ​horticultural ​practices ​for ​the ​desert ​southwest. ​Students ​receive ​a ​Smartscape ​Study ​Guide, ​manual, and additional materials, all ​​with ​valuable ​information and resources.

*REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.* Contact the Program Coordinator if you wish to pay with a check.

Completion Requirements

The Smartscape certificate requires payment of the $85 Smartscape registration fee, attendance for all ten workshops, and a passing grade of 70% on the test.

1. The maximum number of classes that can be missed and made up is two. Missing more than two classes disqualifies you from becoming a Smartscape graduate.
2. You have a year to complete any make-up class(es).
3. You may attend the missed class at the next Smartscape course (preferred, so you receive the exact information), or attend an approved workshop offered by one of the municipalities.
More detailed information will be provided during the course.

CEUs Available

ISA (International Society of Arboriculture)
APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
LA CES (American Society of Landscape Architecture)


  • Plants, Soil & Water

    Dr. Ursula Schuch, UA Plant Sciences

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  • Landscape Design & Renovation

    Judy Mielke, RLA, Logan Simpson Design

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • Plant Selection and Installation

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021

  • Drip Irrigation Design & Installation

    Jeff Lee, Town of Gilbert

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Landscape Water Management & Irrigation Controllers

    Rick Templeton, City of Phoenix

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants

    Steve Priebe, Arborist & Botanist

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Plant Disorders

    Shannon Scott, AAA Landscape

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Desert Adapted Plants

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Exam

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Resources & Marketing, Certificates of Completion

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, March 4, 2021