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Southwestern Deserts

November, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

45th Annual Rose & Arrangement Show & Fall Festival
Sponsored by the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society, this free event will be held Saturday, November 17 from 1-4pm at the Mesa Community College campus, located at Dobson and Southern Roads. Rosarians will give pruning and planting demonstrations in the rose demonstration garden. There will be booths from nurseries and artisans. Miniature rose bushes and cut roses will be for sale. If you're at all interested in growing roses in the low desert, this is a great opportunity to gather information from the experts!

Favorite or New Plant

Gaillardia
This wildflower is also called blanket flower, because its shades of red, yellow, orange and maroon resemble colorful Indian blankets. It is easy to grow in soils lacking organic matter. Sow seeds this month and keep soil moist until seedlings reach about 2 inches. It shows off with a lengthy bloom period from March through November, providing color even in hot summer. Will reseed itself.

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