Southwestern Deserts

November, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Creeping, Crawling, and Carnivorous
This fun and unusual exhibit at Albuquerque's Botanic Garden lasts only through November 4, so if you are in the area, pop in for a visit before it's gone. I was fascinated by the mantids that resemble tiny white and pink orchid flowers no bigger than a thumbnail. A bejeweled beetle was so dazzling it could double as a brooch -- that is when it came out from the pile of rotting organic matter that it was bumbling around in. Southwestern species were represented with pretty yellow spotted aquatic beetles, among others. Some of the arrangements of pitcher plants and Venus flytraps will be sold at the end of the exhibit, with benefits going to carnivorous plant conservation. Entrance to the exhibit is included with regular admission fee. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For info, go to

Web Finds

Pruning Shrubs in the Low and Mid-Elevation Deserts in Arizona
Although produced by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the information in Pruning Shrubs in the Low and Mid-Elevation Deserts applies to any Southwestern resident who wants to understand how to keep shrubs looking beautiful with relatively low maintenance. The publication covers the basics of why, how, and when to prune, with helpful illustrations and photos. There's also a section on rejuvenating shrubs that have been poorly pruned for years, as well as lists of desert shrubs that need little to no pruning and those that are appropriate for hedging.

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