Southwestern Deserts

April, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Thornless Roses

National News

Everyone loves roses, but no one loves the thorns. Thornless rose varieties have been available since the 1960s but now there are new, improved varieties to choose from. Smooth Touch roses feature...

NGA Wins Book Award

National Gardening Association has been publishing kids gardening curriculum and activity books for more than 25 years. These books are very popular with teachers and parents and one of our most...

Broccoli Sprouts May Inhibit Ulcers

It’s been widely reported that broccoli is loaded with the chemical sulfuraphane, a known antioxidant. It’s also been found this chemical has antibiotic properties. Researchers at John Hopkins...

Unusual Edible Ornamental

Edible gardening is all the rage across the country. People are looking to grow some of their own food, but not wanting to sacrifice beauty. Here’s an unusual, international edible plant that’s...

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In the Garden


Refreshing Houseplants

Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors gardening, but don't forget houseplants, which provide all sorts of benefits beyond an attractive splash of greenery. For example, research shows that hospital patients with plants to look at it recovered better...
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Shows & Events

Parade of Ponds Visit 40 organic water gardens around the Phoenix area during the 7th Annual Parade of Ponds tour...

Favorite or New Plant

Summer Time Blue Emu Native to Australia, emu bush is well-adapted to Southwest growing conditions. Growers have...
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Regional Reminders

  • Stop and Smell the Roses!
  • Plant Warm-Season Vegetables
  • Collect Seed
  • Control Prickly Pear Size
  • Check Irrigation Systems

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