Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

January, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Herbal Harvest
Herbal experts Madalene Hill and Gwen Barclay present tips on harvesting, preserving, and cooking with herbs on Saturday, January 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The nationally recognized mother/daughter duo are the co-authors of Southern Herb Growing (Shearer Publishing, 1989; $34.95). Hill is one of the country's premier experts on growing and using herbs. The Knot Garden of the National Herb Garden at the U.S. Arboretum in Washington, D.C., was donated and dedicated in honor of Madalene and Jim Hill. A cultivar of rosemary, one of her favorite culinary herbs, was named after her -- Rosmarinus officinalus cv. 'Madalene Hill'. The workshop is sponsored by the Arizona Herb Association and will be held at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Rd. $15 for non-members; members free. For info call (602) 470-8086, ext. 830, or visit:


The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West
There's no better way to start the New Year than with a dose of gardening. The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West, by David Wann (Fulcrum Publishing, 2003; $17.95) will inspire, entertain, and educate you, as well as make you a better gardener. The author shares his hands-on experiences of gardening in Colorado, along with his philosophy of sustainable living. Loads of practical advice (lists of tried-and-true flowers, trees, and shrubs for high western growing conditions) is included amidst amusing suggestions (e.g., posting photographs of himself in the garden to scare away pests). Beginners and experienced gardeners will both discover valuable tidbits in Wann's anecdotes.


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