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Maricopa Smartscape – Summer/Fall 2020



Tuesday and Thursdays
July 14 – August 13, 2020
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 or associated fields. We have a range of students who 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), 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
More detailed information will be provided during the course.

CEUs Available

ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) – CEUs applied for
LA CES (American Society of Landscape Architecture) – CES credits applied for


  • Plants, Soil, and Water

    Dr. Ursula Schuch, UA Plant Sciences

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Landscape Design & Renovation

    Judy Mielke, RLA, Logan Simpson Design

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • Plant Selection and Installation

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Landscape Water Management & Irrigation Controllers

    Rick Templeton, City of Phoenix

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Drip Irrigation Design & Installation

    Jeff Lee, Town of Gilbert

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Maintaining Desert Adapted Plants

    Steve Priebe, Arborist & Botanist

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Plant Disorders

    Shannon Scott, AAA Landscape

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Desert Adapted Plants

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • Exam

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Resources & Marketing, Certificates of Completion

    Kirti Mathura, Program Coordinator, Senior, Horticulturist

    Thursday, August 13, 2020