Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

November, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Illustrating Butterflies of the Desert Southwest
Geared to beginning to intermediate students, instructor Jennie Rambo will teach how to capture proportion, wing venation, and patterns, using real butterflies native to the Sonoran Desert. Class meets on five Wednesdays, starting January 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Registration required. Cost is $215 for members; $270 for non-members. Go to www.dbg.org for details on this and other botanical art classes.

Clever Gardening Technique

Thrift Store Finds for the Garden
With the economic melt-down, practicing thriftiness is back in vogue. Prowl thrift stores for unusual items to add a bit of whimsy to the garden. Funky shoes and boots are fun when planted with small cacti and succulents. Bed frames and mattress springs make sturdy trellises. Tall lamps can be refashioned into plant stands to add height and candelabra style lamps can be retooled as candle holders for mood lighting. Antique wooden bowls and wicker baskets look great piled high with fruit and veggies from the garden.

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