Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

August, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Grow Native! Fall Plant Sale and Educational Festival
Fun for all ages at the Highland Center for Natural History's fall event on Saturday, August 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Prescott, AZ. Admission is free to all activities. Test your "green sustainability" knowledge during the EcoMania game show held at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Workshops taught by local experts will cover Greenhouse Elements, Composting and Birdscaping. Purchase native trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents, and grasses all day (members get first pick until 9:30, then the sale opens to the public). Find details at

Favorite or New Plant

Vitex or Chase Tree
If you originated in another region of the country and miss growing lilacs, Vitex agnus-castus is the plant for you. It blooms with fragrant flower spikes in lavender, pink, or white from summer to fall. This deciduous plant grows 20 feet tall and wide and can be shaped as a large shrub or a small tree. Deciduous trees make excellent choices to protect windows with eastern exposures. Although it has no thorns, this drought-tolerant plant drops seeds that can be a nuisance or hazard, so consider that when siting it. It is cold tolerant to 15 degrees F and takes full sun or partial sun.


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