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Southwestern Deserts

July, 2009
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Share the Produce
Don't let your hard-earned efforts go to waste! Take a cue from Albuquerque gardeners who put their abundant harvests of zucchini, cucumber, and other fruits and vegetables to use by taking good-quality, excess produce to any of their local Rowland Nursery outlets. Produce is accepted Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m to 2 p.m., and is distributed through the "Storehouse" to those in need. "Share the Produce" continues through October. Consider starting a similar program in your area, or check with local food banks to see if they will accept perishables.

Shows & Events

SHADE conference
The fifth Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education (SHADE) conference will be held on Friday, August 14, 2009 at The Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona. SHADE is designed for green industry professionals, landscape architects and contractors, arborists, business owners and managers, suppliers, irrigation specialists, maintenance personnel, wholesalers, and retailers. Four topics tracks include Business, Design, Trees & Plants, and Pest Management & Plant Health. Early registration is $88, due by July 31. Session summaries, speaker bios and registration info is at


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