Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

January, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Desert Ag-Venture
Spend a few hours at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) touring the farm and greenhouses. Although there will be fun activities (tractor tours, door prizes, and Agricultural Jeopardy), you'll also discover the significance of farming to the local economy. MAC is the research and education center operated by the University of Arizona, located south of Phoenix near the rural community of Maricopa. The event will be repeated on February 17, 19, 24, and 26 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. Call Victor Jimenez at (520) 568-2273 or e-mail:

Local Buzz

Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association just released a colorful new publication to complement their other water-saving brochures. Subtitled "Guide to Growing More Than 200 Low-Water-Use Plants," its 47 pages display color photos of blooming plants well suited to desert gardening. Information is arranged in an easy-to-use table format that describes each plant's characteristics, including hardiness, sun exposure, water use, growth rate, size and form, flower color and bloom season, details on foliage, litter, thorns, allergy potential, and other special features, such as wildlife attraction. I predict this publication will be clutched in many hands at nurseries and plant sales this spring as buyers seek out the profiled plants! The full-color publication is free to residents of AMWUA's member cities. If you live elsewhere, you can download the plant list in pdf format at


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