Southwestern Deserts

April, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

A Titanic Flower

National News

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the most spectacular plants around. This native of Indonesian rain forests grows from a corm that weighs over 200 pounds. Its flower is composed...

Rhododendron of the Year

Rhododendrons and azaleas (both members of the genus Rhododendron ) have some of the loveliest blooms around, so it's not surprising that these shrubs are popular plants across the country. But...

Put Your Garden on the Map

Gardeners are usually bird lovers as well as plant enthusiasts. Now you can combine both these interests in a citizen science project that's designed to give you a deeper understanding of the...

The Strange Case of Barberry, Ticks, and Earthworms

We've all probably heard about the problems caused by invasive plant species crowding out native vegetation and altering the ecosystem. But new research has shown that at least one invasive...

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In the Garden


Xeriscape...By Any Other Name

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." -- Romeo and Juliet And so Juliet contemplated the power of nomenclature from her balcony, while Romeo eavesdropped from below. I wonder if Shakespeare would...
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Shows & Events

Grow Native! Plant Sale and Educational Festival In addition to offering a selection of well-adapted plants for sale, the Highlands Center for...

Clever Gardening Technique

Control African Daisies Although they create swaths of color with bright yellow and orange flowers, African daisies...
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Regional Reminders

  • Get Out and About to Enjoy Spring
  • Pay Kids to Pull Weeds
  • Plant Citrus Trees
  • Rotate Crops
  • Trellis Vining Crops

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