Southwestern Deserts

December, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Master Gardener Training
Everything you ever wanted to know about desert gardening is taught in the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's volunteer Master Gardener training program. The next course starts January 9 in Maricopa County (Sun City West area), and runs for 17 Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. After completing the course, Master Gardeners share what they've learned with the rest of the community in a wide range of venues. For details and an application form, go to http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/ (Master Gardener programs are held in all states. Check with your local Cooperative Extension office for one near you.)

Favorite or New Plant

Elephant's Food
Elephants browse the small but succulent leaves of Portulacaria afra in its native habitat of South Africa. This adaptable plant performs well in full sun or shade, a characteristic seldom found in our arid-land plant palette. It has a sprawling and even unruly growth habit, reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Masses of lime green leaves show off to good advantage against the plant's pencil-thick, russet-colored stems. Although it's not fussy about sun exposure, it needs frost protection below 25 degrees F. There's also a variety with variegated leaves.

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