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Maricopa Smartscape – Summer/Fall 2021



Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 6 – August 5, 2021
3:00 to 6:00 pm


University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension: 4341 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040


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 $95 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 another organization.
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, and Water

    Dr. Ursula Schuch, UA Plant Sciences

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Landscape Design & Renovation

    Judy Mielke, RLA, Logan Simpson Design

    Thursday, July 8, 2021

  • Plant Selection and Installation

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Drip Irrigation Design & Installation

    Jeff Lee, Town of Gilbert

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Landscape Water Management & Irrigation Controllers

    Bill Casenhiser,

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants

    Rick Robinson,

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Plant Disorders

    Shannon Scott, AAA Landscape

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Desert Adapted Plants

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

  • Exam

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, August 3, 2021

  • Exam Review, Resources & Marketing

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, August 5, 2021