Southwestern Deserts

February, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Desert Landscaping for Beginners
Authors of the book, Desert Landscaping for Beginners: Tips and Techniques for Success in an Arid Climate, (Arizona Master Gardener Press, 2001; $14.95) will share tips for successful landscapes at the Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler, on March 2, 2004, from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. Authors will be available for Q&A after the presentation. They include Marylou Coffman, certified rosarian; Sharon Dewey, director of marketing and client service representative for Western Sod; Kirti Mathura, Desert Botanical Garden horticulturist; Terry Mikel, commercial horticulture agent with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension; and Cathy Rymer, City of Gilbert water conservation specialist. The presentation is free. Register at (480) 782-2850.

Books

Gardening for Birds
Desert Bird Gardening is a handy booklet listing native plants that provide food or shelter for birds. It includes photos of native birds with information on their particular eating habits. Comparative charts help you choose plants or nectar, fruit or seeds, plan for year-round color, and determine a bird's seasonal status in the area. Published by the Arizona Native Plant Society and the Tucson Audubon Society, the booklet costs $2.50 and is available at nurseries, botanical garden gift shops, and bookstores.

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