Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

December, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Learn how to create a beautiful garden and conserve water at an ongoing Tucson Botanical Garden class called Xeriscape Doesn't Mean Zeroscape! Principles of xeriscaping, including water-conserving design, low-water-use plants, water-harvesting techniques, appropriate irrigation methods, and use of mulches will be covered. Class concludes with a walking tour of the Xeriscape Garden. Taught by trained docents at the Tucson Botanical Garden. No pre-registration. Held monthly on the 2nd Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-noon; admission is $9 (includes garden admission), $7 for Members. For info, visit:


Native Plant Uses
Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Their Many Uses (Wells/Groen Publishing, 2006; $15) describes 37 plants, including traditional uses and preparation methods for food, fiber, and medicine. Authors Don Wells and Jean Groen also cover a bit of folklore, tips on where plants grow in the wild, nutritional information, and how to prepare the plant part for use in recipes. You'll also learn miscellaneous info that's just good to think about, such as to add nutritious watercress to your peanut butter sandwich when hiking, but be careful not to harvest it downsteam from a cattle corral!

The second section of the spiral-bound book contains recipes, including the authors' prize-winning margarita concoction containing agave tequila and prickly pear syrup. There are soups, drinks, jellies, breads, and main dishes, as well as intriguing oddities, such as catttail bud pilaf, saguaro sherbet, and jojoba latte! For info, visit:


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