Southwestern Deserts

April, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Black and Gold Cannas

National News

Seven years ago a new canna lily from South Africa took the gardening world by storm. ‘Tropicanna’ canna features bright orange flowers and multicolored leaves with pink, yellow, red, orange, and...

An Eye-Catching Golden Fern

Ferns are gaining in popularity as more gardeners are choosing these plants for shady spots in their yards. Ferns offer ease of care, and beautiful, textured fronds of varying shapes and sizes....

Antibiotics in Veggies?

Adding manure to vegetable gardens is a time-honored method of fertilizing plants. However, many animals are fed regular doses of antibiotics, and up to 90 percent of those antibiotics can pass...

Copper Blocker Mesh for Slug Control

Spring means wet weather, and wet weather means slugs. Many gardeners know of the efficacy of using copper wire or copper flashing as a barrier to repel slugs. The slugs get a small electrical...

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In the Garden


A Bird in the Bush

I'm an Auntie! A few weeks ago, I noticed that whenever I walked by my favorite plant, a Baja red fairy duster, I startled a mourning dove into a flurried exit. I scanned the plant for a nest, but didn't spot anything. I assumed a bird or birds had...
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Shows & Events

A Bouquet of Gardens for Mom This tour of seven Sedona (Arizona) home gardens on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,...


Birds Watchable Birds of the Southwest , by Mary Taylor Gray (Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1995;...
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Regional Reminders

  • Replenish Mulch
  • Plant Warm-Season Vegetables
  • Plant Warm-Season Flowers
  • Provide Water Features
  • Enjoy the Desert's Bounty

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