Southwestern Deserts

April, 2007
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Stunning, Compact Nasturtium

National News

‘Empress of India’ nasturtium is known for its lush, dark red flowers, blue-green leaves, and trailing growth habit that reaches 12 to 16 inches long. A new version of this popular variety...

New Starry-Eyed Hydrangea

The smooth hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) is a widely grown landscape shrub, and ‘Annabelle’, with its snowball-shaped flowers, has been the variety of choice for years. A newly discovered...

No-Mess Instant Compost Tea

Compost tea is widely used by gardeners to boost plant growth, build soil humus, and increase soil microbial activity. The latest trend in compost teas is brewing the tea aerobically to get the...

Blueberries May Help Ward Off Colon Cancer

Blueberries are well known for both their taste and their health benefits. Eating fresh blueberries has been shown to help slow memory loss and prevent heart disease. In addition, new research...

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In the Garden


Plant a Yardstick for Kids

Arbor Day is a great excuse to plant a tree, not that we should need an excuse! Arbor Day is celebrated on different days around the country, depending on planting dates. In Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, it's the last Friday in April, which is still...
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Shows & Events

Rose Garden Tour Visit the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, which is an All America Rose Selection...

Clever Gardening Technique

Plant Small Rootballs Research shows that smaller-sized tree transplants (15 gallon) catch up to larger transplants...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Citrus
  • Examine Saguaro Cacti for Rot
  • Water Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Plant Annual Flowers
  • Feed and Water Roses

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