Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

February, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

International Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference
This year's 14th annual event focuses on connections between our watersheds and foodsheds -- how and where food is produced to sustain both humans and wildlife. Maude Barlow, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, working internationally for the right to water will be the "watershed" keynote speaker. Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, who is leading the research to develop perennial grains with a yield comparable to annual grains will give the "foodshed" keynote address. The conference takes place on Thursday and Friday, February 26-27 in Albuquerque, NM. An Expo featuring 250 exhibitors and free seminars will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 28-March 1. Expo entrance is free (parking fee of $4). For details on conference registration go to

Clever Gardening Technique

Wait to Prune Frost Damage
Wait to prune any frost damage on tender tropicals, such as hibiscus, natal plum, lantana and citrus, until new growth starts to grow after your area's average last frost date. The frost-damaged foliage, although perhaps unattractive, also serves to protect plant tissue from damage by late frosts. It is difficult to identify what is truly dead and what just looks bad and you may remove live plant tissue. When new buds appear, trim back the blackened frost damage to that point. If you have a maintenance service, instruct them to wait, as they are typically eager to prune too soon!


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