Southwestern Deserts

September, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Wild Ginger on Steroids

National News

Wild ginger ( Asarum ) is a favorite ground cover and woodland plant for shade gardens, especially those located under high deciduous tree canopies. Now from China comes a new cousin of wild...

Reduce Your Risk From Pesticides in Produce

Many people worry about the amount of pesticides they're exposed to through a diet of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Even gardeners who grow their own produce depend on food from the...

Eat Your Weeds

Lamb's-quarter is a well-known weed in many vegetable and flower gardens across the country. While many gardeners spend hours pulling and hoeing this weed, maybe they should start eating it...

Easier Way to Plant Bulbs

It’s bulb-planting time, and if you’re planning on popping in some daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and other spring beauties, a bulb-planting tool can lesson the strain on your back and legs....

More News »

In the Garden


Lantana's Potential Invasiveness

A reader's comment to a previous report questioned lantana's suitability for desert landscapes because of its reported invasiveness. I asked Ed Northam, invasive weed expert with the University of Arizona, for input and he had the following response on...
Read more »


Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale Tucson Botanical Garden's semiannual sale of cacti, succulents, trees, shrubs, herbs, and other...

Clever Gardening Technique

Choose Transplants Without Blooms Unless you need instant color for a special event or are planting late in the growing season, buy...
Read more »

Regional Reminders

  • Improve Garden Soil
  • Plant Vegetables
  • Add Trees and other Landscape Plants
  • Plant Herbs
  • Inspect Agaves

Read more »

Syndicate this Report

Our Mission in Action

Shop Our Holiday Catalog