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Southwestern Deserts

June, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Summer Plant Sale & Garden Fair
The arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ, holds its annual plant sale on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of varieties of plants adapted to the high-elevation, arid conditions are sold. Many desert dwellers are building vacation homes in higher-elevation mountainous areas to escape summer's heat. If you're not familiar with these species, it's worth joining as a member. On June 18 at 2 p.m., a class will be held for members only, showcasing the dozens of new varieties that will be offered at this year's sale. From 3 to 6 p.m. members get first chance to buy. For information, contact Rachel Edelstein at (928) 774-1442, ext. 110, or rachel.edelstein@nau.edu.

Web Finds

Center for Plant Conservation
The Center for Plant Conservation is a network of botanical institutions that works to conserve rare plants native to the US by developing seed banks and restoring plants to the wild. The CPC maintains the National Collection of Endangered Plants, which includes 600 species most in danger of extinction. Researchers determine the best way to propagate species and provide plant material for restoration. The Web site has a list of plants and member institutions.

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