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Pima County Master Gardeners plan ‘My Dream Garden’ art contest for students

This water garden at the home of Tucsonan Gail Barnhill might serve as inspiration for art contest participants.

Tucson students can design the garden of their dreams as participants in the Pima County Master Gardeners Student Art Contest.  Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as community educators, working with the UA Cooperative Extension.

The contest is open to Pima Country residents, ages 5-18, in four categories: ages 5-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Artwork must be original and be a minimum of 8 ½ inches by 11 inches and a maximum of 16 inches by 20 inches. Artistic media may include markers, crayon, paint pen, watercolor, ink, acrylic, and colored pencil.  The deadline to submit artwork and a “My Dream Garden” entry form is Sept. 4. Winning artworks will be displayed at a festival celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Master Gardeners program on Oct. 27. For complete rules and entry form, visit extension.arizona.edu/pima-master-gardeners.