Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

February, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tres Rios Nature & Earth Festival
Natural riparian areas support 80 to 90 percent of desert wildlife at some time during their life spans. This festival provides opportunities for the family to learn more about the Gila River's diverse wildlife, habitat, history, and culture. This two-day outdoor event will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included are nature talks and hikes, bird-watching instruction from Audubon Society experts, and canoeing and fishing clinics. Children can participate in a recycling fashion show, wearing outfits they create from recyclable materials. Admission is free. Tres Rios is located near Avondale, Arizona (western Maricopa County). For a schedule of events, exhibitors, and directions, call (623) 204-2130, or go to:


Backyards & Beyond
The new quarterly magazine Backyards & Beyond, subtitled Rural Living in Arizona, is geared to our region. It aims to "provide the education and guidance owners need to successfully manage their resources and care for their property." Concise articles for the layman cover sustainable practices "that enhance the ecological, economic and social aspects of the land and its people." The first issue covered native plant law, invasive species, septic systems, rabbits, climate, composting, protecting homes from wildfire, soil information, drip irrigation, rainfall monitoring, sustainable agriculture, a featured plant, and more.

Published by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Backyards & Beyond contains articles from UA faculty and staff, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and experts from other interested agencies and organizations. Subscription cost is $10 annually. For more info or to subscribe, contact CALSmart, U. of A., 4101 N. Campbell Avenue, Bldg. 2006B, Tucson, AZ 85719, (520) 318-7275,


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