Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

April, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Parade of Ponds
If you'd like to add an organic, low-maintenance water feature to your landscape, find inspiration at the 6th Annual Parade of Ponds, Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with selected ponds open until 9 p.m. on Saturday. About 40 sites located around Maricopa County (Phoenix) are on the self-guided tour, many with homeowners on site to discuss their experiences. Tickets are $15 or $16.50 online, children 12 and under are free. Sponsored by the nonprofit Schoolyard Habitat Foundation, the event's proceeds are used to build a wildlife habitat for the lucky school that submits a winning proposal. For ticket information as well as details on entering the habitat contest, go to:


The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden (Timber Press, 2008; $19.95) covers almost 150 sages in this new paperback version of the hardback published in 2003. Author Betsy Clebsch grows and studies salvia in her California garden, and she provides lively, first-hand advice on site selection, cultural techniques, propagation, and companion plant choices. The book also includes lists to help readers choose salvias for flowering season, cold tolerance, shade tolerance, heat and humidity, low water use, handsome foliage, and containers.


Today's site banner is by EscondidoCal and is called "Water Hibiscus"