Southwestern Deserts

January, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Create a Landscape Design
Amarillo (Texas) Botanical Gardens is offering a two-part series for beginners to design a garden bed for a specific area of their landscape. Topics include design principles and plant selection. Classes will be held Saturday, February 5 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Wednesday, February 9 and 23 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $60 for members, $75 for non-members and $11 for materials. Space is limited to 15 people per class. For more details, see http://www.amarillobotanicalgardens.org/calendar.php.

Clever Gardening Technique

Check Out Seasonal Color in Winter
Even if you don't plant now, the midst of winter is a good time to stroll nursery aisles to see what seasonal interest plants may offer your winter landscape and to find unusual color changes brought on by cold. That's how I found an attractive (although unfortunately unnamed) prickly pear cactus that had transformed from bluish pads to intense violet during a recent frosty spell.

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