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    Bee Friendly and Bee Safe

    September is National Honey Month, so today we focus today on bees. While we enjoy the fruits of the their labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard, especially since the Africanized “killer” bees are a fact of life across the Southwest — in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The Food…

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    5 Ways to Help Your Garden Weather a Southwest Summer

    Summer is here despite what the calendar says. Residents of the Southwest are no strangers to the heat, which not only affects our comfort but can be difficult for the plants in your garden. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your garden weather the heat of a Southwest summer. SWG’s Noelle Johnson lives in the Phoenix…

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    Create a Southwest Butterfly Garden

    My mantra always will be that xeric gardens do not get enough recognition for their flowering, color and attractiveness to people and pollinators. There is something about butterflies lighting on flowers that is simultaneously calming and exciting. Anyone who thinks you can’t have these delightful moments in a desert Southwest garden is mistaken. There are plenty of native and xeric…

  • For Color and Flavor, Grow The Tagetes Twins

    I’m always on the lookout for native plants that will perform well in my herb garden. Using native plants means lower water needs and greater resistance to the extremes of our rapidly changeable weather. Two of my favorite Southwest native herbs are what I think of as the Tagetes Twins