Southwestern Deserts

May, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Southwest Planting Design for Beginners
This four-part class will help you understand the desert plant palette and develop a design for your landscape. The class will be held on three Mondays (June 14, 21, 28) and one Wednesday (June 30) from 6 to 9 p.m. It's taught by landscape designer Carrie Nimmer and includes a design consultation with her. Class will be held at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Advance registration required. $80 members; $100 non-members. For more information, call (480) 941-1225.

Favorite or New Plant

Aloe vanbalenii
The stiff, barbed leaves of Aloe vanbalenii have a lime green color and develop reddish bronze edges in cold temperatures. In some cases, the entire plant turns color. Try it outdoors to enhance the color change, but it will suffer frost damage at about 30 degrees F, so bring it indoors or put it in a sheltered location if temperatures are predicted to drop. This aloe grows about 2 feet tall and wide.

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