Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Master Gardener Training
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is offering its 17-week Master Gardener training class in Phoenix on Tuesdays from January 16 through May 8, 9 a.m. to noon. University educators and local experts cover botany, plant problem diagnosis, soil, composting, landscape design, fruits, vegetables, herbs, cacti and succulents, turf, propagation, ornamentals, and more. Cost is $275, which includes training manual, books, and handouts. For more info, visit:

Tool or Gardening Product

Ecological Calendar
Rather than month-by-month grids, this illustrated calendar represents what's happening in nature from a seasonal perspective with four panels, each starting with a solstice or equinox. "Bands" of information cover what's happening with the sky (stars and planets), sun (daylight to darkness), moon (phases), earth, and tide. The back includes natural history facts. It's a useful item for gardeners who want to plant in sync with cycles of the moon or to think creatively about nature's interconnected systems. For more info, visit:


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