Southwestern Deserts

September, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Irrigation and Landscaping Classes
Learn how to create a healthy, vibrant landscape without the water waste by attending a class hosted at Avondale (Arizona) City Hall (11465 W. Civic Center Drive). Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Classes starting September 20 include Intro to Composting; Edible Landscaping; Landscape Watering and Controller Programming; Landscape Care in the Desert; Irrigation System Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair. Classes are free, but pre-registration is requested to reserve your seat. Register by calling Esmie Avila, Avondale Water Conservation Education Specialist at (623) 333-4422 or email More details and course description at (Wherever you live, check with your local water conservation office. Many offer similar classes throughout the Southwest.)

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Yucca
I like Yucca rigida's cooling blue color and two-foot tall flower stalks with creamy flowers that soften its otherwise stiff appearance. Leaf tips are sharp and the plant is large, so it is essential to provide sufficient planting space to avoid getting stabbed, an area up to 12 feet high and 5 feet wide. If possible, situate where its rosette-shaped silhouette creates a dramatic shadow, either by the sun or night lighting, against a wall. Native to the Chihuahuan desert, this yucca takes full sun, is extremely drought tolerant once established, and is cold hardy to 10 degrees F.

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