Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

July, 2003
Regional Report


Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens
Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens by Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin in partnership with The Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ (Fulcrum Publishing, 2003; $29.95) is a valuable new resource. It includes basic information, such as site preparation and the value of natives, but the bulk of the 352-page book is devoted to useful details on over 150 plants. Two-page descriptions cover characteristics, native range, bloom season, outstanding features, cultural needs, landscape uses, what wildlife is attracted to it, and historical and modern uses. The authors define Categories of Water Use, which corresponds to the water use listed in each description. Large photos allow the reader a good look at the plant. The book also provides a comprehensive list of native plant sources throughout the West.

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School Garden Assistance for Teachers
Western Growers is developing a program to assist teachers with school gardens in Arizona and California. Their goal is to help children appreciate nature and understand agriculture and the food supply by growing gardens with their own hands. An added benefit is nutrition education to combat the epidemic of obesity and diabetes striking our children. Their grant application contains a simple 8 questions. For more info, go to Arizona residents return the application to: Marilyn Martin, 1202 E. Missouri Ave., Ste. 220, Phoenix, AZ 85014, (602) 266-6149. Contact Marilyn at:


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