Southwestern Deserts

December, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Xeriscape Conference
"Conservation for a Sustainable Future" is the theme for this conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 22 and 23, 2002. Former Senator Paul Simon will present the keynote address. He wrote "Tapped Out," a book about global water shortages. Workshop topics will cover water harvesting, sustainable planning, landscape architecture, planning xeriscape demonstration gardens and perennial gardens for desert climates. Registration is $100. For more info, go to the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico Web site.

Favorite or New Plant

Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Regal Mist'
The ornamental grass Muhlenbergia capillaris 'Regal Mist' provides a great focal point when in bloom during fall and winter. Flower stalks are a pinkish-purplish shade, one foot tall, with a soft, feathery appearance. They are striking when backlit by the sun or waving in the breeze. The grass clump grows to about 3 feet wide and tall. This plant is cold hardy, drought tolerant and easy to care for. Cut back in late winter/early spring to rejuvenate.

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