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 The 10th annual Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education (SHADE) conference will take place on Friday, August 15 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel in Glendale, Arizona. Sponsored by the Arizona Nursery Association, the award-winning, one-day educational conference for members of the Arizona landscape and nursery industry draws more than 425 landscape professionals each year.

The event offers continuing education credits to professionals who attend classes about pest management and plant health, design, tree maintenance, irrigation and innovative landscape trends. Central Arizona Project is a long-time sponsor of the irrigation track of this event.

This year, 50 landscape industry vendors will interact with conference participants in "The MARKETPLACE", providing information and demonstrations about the latest products and resources available to assist professionals in their practices.

Residents interested in hiring a trained landscape professional can visit to see a list of SmartScape trained landscapers.

For more information about the SHADE conference or the Arizona Nursery Association visit