Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

December, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Citrus Field Days
Learn everything you need to know about growing citrus on January 20, 2001, from 9 a.m. until noon. The University of Arizona is sponsoring two Citrus Field Days featuring half-hour presentations by the experts on a variety of topics such as planting, pest management, fertilizing and irrigating, how to bud citrus trees, and proper pruning techniques. Don't miss the taste-testing of different varieties!

Field Days will be held rain or shine at two different locations: East Valley Citrus Clinic at the Greenfield Citrus Nursery, 2588 E. Lehi, Mesa, Arizona; and Northwest Valley Citrus Clinic, Citrus Agricultural Center, Waddell, Arizona. The content will be the same at the two locations. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the gate. For information call (602) 470-1556, ext. 1012.

Favorite or New Plant

'Francis Dubreuil' Heritage Rose
I'm not much of a rose grower, but under the tutelage of fellow Master Gardeners, I'm becoming a convert to old garden roses, sometimes called heritage roses. I particularly enjoy the fragrance, which seems more aromatic than that of most hybrid tea roses.

My favorite is 'Francis Dubreuil', whose blossoms are a deep red color and bloom almost year round. It does well in the low desert, thriving in full sun - though it will need protection from the afternoon sun in summer. It doesn't like to be overwatered, nor does it require much pruning. It suits smaller gardens like mine because it won't grow much larger than 4 feet high and wide. It also does well in containers.


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