Southwestern Deserts

October, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

La Fiesta de los Chiles
Spice up your life at La Fiesta de los Chiles at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on October 28 to 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This popular event is celebrating its 14th year, featuring spicy chiles and cuisines from around the world. There will be plenty of music with a southwestern flavor, arts and crafts vendors, and the opportunity to buy 40 different types of chile plants from the nursery. Admission for members is $3; for nonmembers it's $5 in advance or $6 at the gate. For details, check out the special events page at www.tucsonbotanical.org/.

Books

Landscape Plants for Dry Regions
Landscape Plants for Dry Regions, by Warren Jones and Charles Sacamano (Fisher Books, 2000; $40), contains descriptions of over 600 plants well suited to the Southwest's arid climate. It includes trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, cacti, and other succulents adapted for our region. Only two plants per page allows for larger photos than one usually finds in a book with this many entries. Information about each plant includes cold hardiness, cultural requirements (sun, water, soil, propagation, maintenance), possible problems, and how to use the plant in the landscape, as well as a paragraph describing the plant's appearance, growth habits, and origin. The authors also wrote Plants for Dry Climates, which has been a basic reference for many years.

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