The Tucson Watergardeners, organized in 1999, encourages and supports water gardens and their plants and fish.

A "green oasis" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a Tucson backyard during the summer.

But one local organization shares tips and tricks to keep backyard ponds and gardens greener than ever during the hot summer months, and year round.

"Our purpose is really to promote good water gardening practices, good ponding practices. It's to share both lessons learned, the good, the bad, the ugly," says JoAn Stolley, president of the Tucson Watergardeners.

The Tucson Watergardeners get together to discuss everything from plants and gardening to fish and ponds, as well as to promote and trade plants.

Members can join for $10 a year, and can participate in aquatic plant sales, meetings and garden tours and receive newsletters.

For people interested in attending the Watergardeners meetings, they are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Junior League of Tucson, at 2099 E. River Road.

Members are encouraged to bring extra plants and fish to share with new members.