Southwestern Deserts

August, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Trees-The Original Green
Arizona Community Tree Council's (ACTC) annual conference is geared to professionals, although there will be plenty of useful info for anyone interested in proper tree maintenance as well as learning about the value of urban forests. The one-day conference will be held at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico, AZ on Friday, October 8, with optional activities on Saturday. CEUs are available. Early registration through August 31 is $135 for ACTC members; $185 for nonmembers. Standard registration from September 1-31 is $160 for members, $210 for nonmembers. After October 1, late registration is $185 and $235. For complete details and registration form, visit www.aztrees.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Check out Leucophyllum During Bloom
Commonly called Texas sage or Texas ranger, these bulletproof native shrubs (Leucophyllum frutescens) burst into lavish bloom during summer monsoon weather. Growers have introduced a wide range of foliage colors from grays to greens and flowers in just about any purple, lavender or violet shade you can desire. (There's also a white bloomer, called 'White Cloud.') Leucophyllum shrubs are available in many sizes from 3 to 6 feet tall and wide, so don't be beguiled by bloom color alone. Choose based on your available space so you don't have to prune, which will ruin the plant's natural shape and eliminate flowering.

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