Southwestern Deserts

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Grow Native! Plant Sale and Educational Festival
In addition to offering a selection of well-adapted plants for sale, the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott, AZ, will offer educational presentations (Simply Native Design, Together Green Revegetation Project, and Predators and Parasites), as well as events throughout the day (soil types, rainwater harvesting, landscape consults, and naturalist walks). For more information, visit http://www.highlandscenter.org or call 928-776-9550. Held Saturday, May 5. Member Preview 8-8:30 am, free; General Admission 8:30am-2pm, $5 fee.

Clever Gardening Technique

Control African Daisies
Although they create swaths of color with bright yellow and orange flowers, African daisies (Dimorphotheca sinuata or D. aurantiaca) have shown invasive tendencies in desert areas. Their seeds are easily transported by wind. With housing developments adjacent to mountain preserves and natural areas, African daisies may out-compete the native wildflowers that creatures in the region have relied upon for centuries. They also take over wildflower plantings in landscapes. In a few years, there will be a monoculture of African daisies in your wildflower meadow. Pull the plants before they go to seed. Next fall, scatter seeds for native alternatives, such as desert marigold.

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