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

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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