Volunteer to track rainfall in your Arizona landscape or simply view maps with rainfall data at Rainlog.org. There's detailed information on the Web site about the most effective rain gauges and how to observe and post data (including snowfall). This monitoring project is sponsored by Arizona Cooperative Extension and SAHRA (Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas).
Clever Gardening Technique
Visit Public Gardens During Off-Season
It's fun to visit public gardens during their peak season when everything looks grand and there are special exhibits such as butterfly pavilions or wildflower expos. Make an effort to go during the off-season, too, such as the middle of summer for low-desert gardeners, or winter for high elevations. You might see interesting seedpods, bark colors, or branching structures that aren't as obvious when plants are in full bloom. Take a notepad or camera to capture ideas that could add visual interest to your landscape year-round.