Southwestern Deserts

September, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

5th Annual Arizona Highlands Garden Conference
Nationally-known gardeners Lauren Springer, Scott Ogden, John Greenlee, and Dr. Curtis Smith will be among the presenters at the upcoming Arizona Highlands Garden Conference. Topics will include gardening in difficult soils, landscaping with native grasses, plants for high altitudes, rose care, gardening with succulents, landscape design, scented geraniums, irrigation and ponds, how to attract wildlife to your garden, pest management, and soil improvement through the use of organics. The conference will be held October 18 & 19 at Cliff Castle Lodge from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a self-guided garden tour on Sunday, October 17. Register before September 27: $90 for both days or $45 for a single day. Late registration is $110 and $55, respectively. Visit: http://www.cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/ahgc/conference2004.html or call (928) 445 6590, ext. 248.

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Velcro Plant Ties
Velcro for plants! These ties are incredibly handy for attaching vines to trellises or staking up tomatoes. Cut whatever length needed and simply wrap the tie onto itself. No twisting or knot tying required. It is easy to remove and reattach as plants grow. The material is sturdy, and the green color blends in with foliage.

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