Many of us might think of deserts as barren wastelands, but in reality, the desert is a planty oasis within itself! There are towering saguaros, rosette aloes and agaves, and pollinators flitting between prickly pear flowers. To walk us through this underrated environment, we have a very special guest: Tina Wilson, the Director of Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. We take a closer look at the amazing vegetation that thrives in the desert, and how you can create your own thriving desert landscape. Tina also shares her expertise on how to cultivate a lush desert landscape that is heat-tolerant and drought-resistant, perfect for those living in the Southwest garden zones.
In this episode, we learn:[04:58] How Tina Wilson became Director of Horticulture at Desert Botanical Garden[06:13] Tina's duties as Director of Horticulture[08:04] Unique vegetation in Arizona[10:02] What is desert landscaping? (and its 3 characteristics!)[13:08] Gardening zones in the Southwest[14:06] Key factors to consider when landscaping in the desert[14:42] Right plant at the right location![15:51] What are the plants recommended for desert landscapes?[16:46] The impact of the southwestern sun on plants[18:17] Protecting plants from sunburn with shade cloth[19:16] What is a plant palette?[21:08] Where to find the best bamboo bedding for health and comfort?[23:36] Want to grow fresh berries in your own garden?[25:09] The importance of water conservation and irrigation in the desert[26:22] Why reduce grass/turf in desert landscapes?[29:24] The process of renovating a yard: soil profiling and testing[31:07] Why are native desert plants so well-suited to desert conditions?[33:34] An overview of desert plants' root systems[34:17] How a Saguaro cactus stays upright despite its shallow root system[35:53] Exploring water harvesting techniques[37:02] What are some of the drought-tolerant plants?[40:20] Tina's favorite pollinator-attracting plants[42:04] Maria's experience at the New York Botanical Garden[42:39] Join Desert Landscape School now for an exceptional learning experience.[45:26] Is there a season for growing food in the desert?
Mentioned in our conversation:Channy Gray HomeElevated GardeningNew York Botanical GardenDesert Botanical GardenMarriott Hotel PhoenixDesert Landscaping School of Desert Botanical Gardenhttps://dbg.org/learn/dls/
For an in-depth read on desert plants and water conservation practices,check out the full show notes and blog here!
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