Southwestern Deserts

June, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Saguaro Fruit Harvest
Native peoples harvested and ate the scarlet fruits of saguaro cacti as a dietary staple for centuries. Learn about traditional harvest and preparation methods at this hands-on event sponsored by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson on June 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes information on other desert food plants and lunch made from native foods. Members, $60; non-members, $66. Register at http://www.desertmuseum.org/center/edu/pp_showclass.php?id=1325.

Clever Gardening Technique

Enjoy Plants at a State Park
Whatever state you call home, it's a safe bet that it's experiencing budget woes. State parks have been hard hit, with budgets slashed, days and hours reduced and some parks closed completely. In many cases, local groups have stepped into the breach, coming up with a combination of funds, personnel and even volunteers to keep parks open. When planning summer getaways, check out state parks. Gardeners and plant lovers are sure to find parks that appeal to them with unspoiled natural settings. Search state park websites to find those with demonstration gardens or trails with native plants. It's a great way to learn what thrives in your area as well as about plants that were used traditionally by native peoples.

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