Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

August, 2010
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Track Your Bloom Seasons
Make a master list of plants in your yard and note when they bloom or offer other seasonal interest, such as berries or seedpods. A table format with 12 months across the top and plants listed down the side works well. Color in the squares with the same shade as the flowers to see at a glance what colors are showcased in your yard seasonally. When adding more plants to your landscape, choose something that fills in any gaps in color, so that there are always flowers for pollinators and visual interest for humans.

Shows & Events

Chile Festival
Fall is around the corner, and in the Southwest, that means chile harvests. Experience the fire at the 38th Annual Hatch Valley Chile Festival in Hatch, New Mexico on September 4 and 5. Events include a parade, chile eating contests, fine arts show, music, and crowning the Chile Queen. Admission is $10 for a carload. For details and directions, visit


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