Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

May, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Learn Your Lizards
Lizards are fascinating desert creatures, and a fun place to learn more about them is Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. Special guided walks will be led by Dr. Andy Baldwin, whose Ph.D covered the evolutionary history of reptiles and amphibians. Walks will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays (June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8) and 9:30 a.m. on Sundays (June 3 and September 2). Discover why lizards have such pretty blue tummies and perform aerobic push-ups on top of your block wall. Plan to spend about 90 minutes; bring water and binoculars, and wear hats and sunscreen. Admission to Boyce is $7.50 for adults; $3 for ages 5-12, and includes the lizard walks. For more info, visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Clean Birdbaths
To attract birds to your garden, provide a regular source of water. If you use standing/still water, such as birdbaths, it's important to prevent the spread of disease by changing the water two or three times per week. Scrub the basin with a brush and disinfect with a weak bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). Let it dry in the sun and then refill.


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