Southwestern Deserts

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New ‘Black Pearl’ Tomato

National News

Over the last 20 years there has been a color revolution in the tomato world. What was traditionally a round, red fruit now comes in a variety of shapes, such as oval, wrinkled, and pointed; and...

Dispelling Garden Remedy Myths

We’ve all heard, and probably tried, a few home remedies in our gardens with the hope that the spray or powder from the kitchen cabinet could provide a safe and effective way to kill pests....

New Dwarf Angel’s Trumpet

Angel’s trumpet ( Brugmansia ) is a tropical tree that produces large, fragrant, pendulous flowers in summer. They have become especially popular for planting in containers on decks and patios....

Glow-in-the-Dark Roses

What will they think of next? In an ever-expanding desire to reach a broader market for their products, a Dutch flower company has created the first “glow-in-the-dark” cut flowers. Freshly...

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In the Garden


A Rose by Any Other Name

Newcomers are often surprised to discover that roses thrive here, but, in fact, 40 percent of the rose bushes sold are grown in this region and then shipped around the country for sale! The campus of Mesa (Arizona) Community College features one of...
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Shows & Events

Xeriscape Conference This 11th annual event sponsored by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico includes a two-day...

Clever Gardening Technique

Shred Leaves Run a lawn mower back and forth across piles of dried leaves to break them into smaller pieces....
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Regional Reminders

  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Research Plants
  • Rake Leaves
  • Fertilize Cool-Season Containers
  • Prune Woody Plants

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