PLANT OF THE MONTH – CORDIA

Lovely, white blossoms of not one, but two different types of cordia, add welcome beauty to the arid landscape throughout the warm season, including summer. Cordias are large shrubs that are underused in the garden and deserve more attention due to their ability to thrive in full sun and shrug… Read More

HOW THE PHOENIX ZOO “RAINED” IN THEIR WATER SAVINGS

The Phoenix Zoo is committed to making positive changes with our water use, and setting an example for guests to follow. For example, one of the easiest and most effective ways we’ve conserved water over the past several years has been tracking water meters month to month. In effect, this… Read More

HERE’S TO WINE AND WATER

A Water Fund and an Exchange for the Verde River The Verde Valley of north-central Arizona doesn’t boast vineyards of the extent and or tradition of fine vintages from the Napa or the Willamette valleys. However, if Eric Glomski has anything to say about it, those growers will soon take… Read More

GLOBAL WATER DANCES ARRIVES IN SCOTTSDALE

This is the first year that Global Water Dances will be performed in Arizona. I first heard of Global Water Dances five years ago when I was living in Connecticut. I was in the middle of a certification program in movement analysis. Part of my training included using movement and… Read More

SAVING WATER IN SWIMMING POOLS: 5 WAYS TO CUT POOL WATER LOSS

Additional measures to prevent liquid losses from your backyard resort This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on swimming pool water conservation. This article was originally posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on April 11, 201 and is being reprinted with permission. Fighting evaporation is crucial to making… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER: HASSAYAMPA RIVER PRESERVE – AN OASIS IN THE DESERT

Welcome to the Hassayampa River Preserve, an oasis in the desert. Nestled amongst a ribbon of green along Highway 60 is a modest yet important conservation area known as the Hassayampa River Preserve. The Preserve consists of approximately 789 acres along the Hassayampa River, just south of Wickenburg. The Hassayampa… Read More

SAVING WATER IN SWIMMING POOLS: 5 WAYS TO CUT EVAPORATION

Effective steps to prevent liquid losses from your backyard resort This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on swimming pool water conservation. This article was originally posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on March 28, 2016 and is being reprinted with permission.  There’s good news for water-conscious swimming pool owners:… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH: SAN MARCOS HIBISCUS

Description of San Marcos Hibiscus, Gossypium harknessii: This rounded shrub blooms from October to May in mild-winter areas, but where it freezes back, flowering can be expected from June to October. Each 2-inch-wide flower has five yellow petals with a maroon spot at the base. The fruit is a rounded capsule,… Read More

LOVE DIY? MAYBE NOT? HERE’S HOW TO SELECT A LANDSCAPE PRO

Thinking about converting your landscape from high water use to Xeriscape, but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you like to get down in the dirt and do-it-yourself (DIY), or you’re interested in hiring a pro; making the switch to a beautifully designed Xeriscape landscape can be very rewarding. Finding… Read More

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