Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

August, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Solar Heating for Pools
Reducing electricity use is a major component of "green living," and in the Southwest, swimming pools are a major consumer of energy. A class at Tucson Botanical Garden taught by Katharine Kent, president of The Solar Store, who is a licensed engineer and electrical and plumbing contractor, will explain how solar heating can extend your pool season and reduce energy use. The class is on Wednesday, August 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15, $12 for members. RSVP at (520) 326-9686, ext. 19. For more info, visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Determining Plant Water Use
The Arizona Department of Water Resources, in conjunction with Tucson-area retail nurseries and wholesale growers, has created a pilot program to label plants with similar water requirements. The goal is to make it easy for the consumer to group plants into irrigation zones and develop a plan to water efficiently with separate valves according to plant needs. Look for tags with water drops: 1 drop indicates mostly native Sonoran or Chihuahuan plants with very low water use; 2 drops is low water use; 3 drops is moderately low water use. All plants are suitable for xeriscapes and are on the approved Tucson Low Water Use/Drought Tolerant plant list.


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