TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Bring friends and family to Steam Pump Ranch the second Saturday of every month for FREE activities, tours, music and guest speakers. You can also catch the Oro Valley Farmers Market while you're at the ranch.
The next Second Saturday will be held February 14, 2015. The following is a schedule of events:
8 – 9:30 a.m. Steam Pump Ranch Property open for tours
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oro Valley Farmers Market & Artisan and Antique Fair
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker Jacqueline Sole, author and gardening expert
Topic: Fruit trees of the Arizona settlers (and how to grow them in your yard) When Europeans came to this area over three centuries ago, they brought with them cuttings and seeds of fruits they knew and loved. Then they discovered that there were additional plants that had been cultivated in this area for over 4,000 years. Their farms and homesteads became a unique blend of foods for every season. Dr. Soule will discuss some of the easier to grow plants, and how to get started with some in your yard.
10:30 a.m. – noon Live music: Gabriel Ayala - Demonstrations, children's crafts and prehistoric activities in the Heritage Garden with Joyce Rychener and Allen Denoyer
About the guest speaker
Jacqueline Soule is a long-time Southwest gardener and has written ten volumes on gardening in our unique climate, winning many awards. She has been a popular columnist for many years with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications. Jacqueline is a popular lecturer for area garden clubs and offers numerous workshops through the Pima County Library.
Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Soule has a B.S. in Horticulture and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, both with Honors and Cum Laude, a M.S. in Botany from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas.
About Steam Pump Ranch
Steam Pump Ranch is a 15-acre historical site representing a living piece of the history of Oro Valley's settlement, and it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Steam Pump Ranch is located at 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ. To learn more about historic Steam Pump Ranch, visit www.orovalleyaz.gov.