Tom Stephens digs up landscaping tips at CAC’s Corporate Center beginning Feb. 15

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Tom Stephens, a writer/teacher/lecturer for the past 43 years, will instruct six classes of four subjects on the topics of landscaping and gardening over the next two months, thanks to Central Arizona College's Lifelong Learning and Community Education programs.

Beginning Tue., Feb. 15, Stephens will teach a series of classes designed to assist students in the planning and construction of attractive yet economical and environmentally-friendly landscape projects.

Each class costs $29 to attend. All classes will be held at CAC's Corporate Center in Casa Grande, located at 540 N. Camino Mercado - just off the I-10 exit for Florence Boulevard.

The following is a list of each course and their corresponding descriptions:

Seminar: Water Conservation through Creative Landscaping

Tue., Feb. 15, 3-6 p.m.

Learn how to create a beautiful, water conserving landscape that is economical, attractive, and maximizes existing site conditions.

Water Garden Landscape Features for the Great Outdoors
Wed., Feb. 16, 6-9 p.m. or
Wed., Mar. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Learn how to design, install, and maintain a dramatic series of waterfalls, streams, and ponds or a small container water garden in your landscape project.

Construction of Hardscape Garden Features

Thu., Feb. 17, 3- 6 p.m. or
Thu., Mar. 24, 6- 9 p.m.

Construction of hardscape garden features focusing on materials, best do-it-yourself methods, and design concepts to achieve a craftsman-like garden that adds value and timeless beauty to any garden environment. Learn how to design a special outdoor garden with the best environmentally-sensitive, recycled, low-maintenance, and economically-efficient materials.

Landscape Design: The Right Plant for the Right Place

Tue., Mar. 22, 6-9 p.m.

This class features a study of landscape design focusing on plant selection, water conservation landscaping (Xeriscaping), and planting equipment along with growing requirements for various types of soil and properties.

Stephens has presented over 375 courses, workshops, and lectures on landscape architecture, landscape horticulture, home landscaping, Xeriscaping, water features, construction and hardscape features, plant selection and planting design, and home gardening since 1968.

He has taught for the Arapahoe Community College-Community Education program since January 1983, Pima Community College since 2003 and San Juan College (N.M.) since 2010.

Stephens also has been published, writing a book titled "Xeriscape Gardening - Water Conservation for the American Landscape" in 1992. In addition, he has had several articles published in the Denver Post, Douglas County (Colo.) News-Press, and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine - to name a few.

For more information or to register for this course, please contact Muriel Thomas by phone at 520-494-5010, or by e-mail at Registration also is available online at, or in person at any of CAC's 10 locations throughout Pinal County.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814