Southwestern Deserts

December, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Solar Eclipse

National News

The next solar eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. won't happen until August 21, 2017. But if you're a gardener you won't have to wait that long. For horticultural, rather than astronomical...

Gardening for Stress Relief

You are never too old to reap the benefits of gardening. A new study had shown that cultivating plants is a great way for the elderly to relieve stress. And these anti-stress benefits are not...

Worried about Walnuts

Black walnuts (Juglans nigra) are stately forest trees that are found throughout the central and eastern parts of the U.S. from western Vermont in the east to northern Florida in the south,...

A Graveyard Mystery

Plants travel the world in a variety of ways. Some making the journey to a new location have the potential to spread invasively, creating big problems in their new homes. That's why Charles...

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In the Garden


Poinsettia For the Holidays

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a shrub native to Mexico. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a U.S. Ambassador to Mexico who also happened to be a plant enthusiast, is credited with bringing cuttings of this plant to his greenhouse in South Carolina in the...
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Web Finds

Paul Ecke Poinsettias Paul Ecke Ranch in Encintas, California, has been growing poinsettias and developing new...

Clever Gardening Technique

Stop Poinsettia Sap As soon as you cut a stem from a poinsettia (or other euphorbia plants), milky sap oozes from the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Maintain Fresh Christmas Trees
  • Bring Pyracantha Indoors for Holiday Decor
  • Order Warm-Season Seeds
  • Encourage New Gardeners with Your Advice and Gift Pack
  • Drain and Store Hoses for Winter

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