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Articles, hot line, events, and classes:

University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Maricopa County Extension

Events, classes, hot lines, free publications:
 Among the many publication they have are for no cost to citizens
Landscape Watering by the Numbers
Landscape Plants for the Low Desert
 Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert
Xeriscape Landscaping with Style

Numerous publications can be downloaded and saved to your computer or copied for your use, such as a veggie planting calendar  http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/az1005.pdf 

And this publication "Flower Planting Guide for the Low Desert"  is an extensive, though not exhaustive guide with easy icons to help you know the what, when, why to plant many flowers.

Both publications are handy to take to the nursery with you when deciding if what you see can actually grow well at that time.

Municipalities put on a lot of free "Green" classes, many of them are about landscape and irrigation.   Just check your local city website or even your monthly city bill.

Reference resource for descriptions of trees, shrubs, and other plants that do well here.  A wholesale nursery with excellent reference material that you can print to guide you on plant purchases and care.

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources  Many, many excellent publications especially from UC Davis.  The Home Orchard is a book for you fresh fruit lovers.  It is one of the few books to address growing fruit trees.


Books I've found especially useful:
The Arizona Low Desert Flower Garden by Kirti Mathura - beautifully organized by height and includes info on what creatures are attracted to the blooms as well as growing needs
Extreme Gardening, How to grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts 
The Garden Guy, A Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest Both are by Dave Owens "The Garden Guy" is organized by the months and the other book by the plants.  He is committed to organic gardening and provides resources. 

Desert Gardening for Beginners How to Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs in an Arid Climate
Earth Friendly Desert Gardening
Desert Landscaping for Beginners
Desert Water Gardening for Beginners
Desert Gardening: Fruits and Vegetables, The Desert gardener's Calendar, Desert Landscaping: 
50 Common Insects of the Southwest
How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest - by  George Brookbank oldies but goodies

Also books by Judy Mielke and Mary Irish are great for helping to understand how to grow here even if you don't want to grow natives and arid adapted.

Many books on Mediterranean gardens are useful here too.  And of course they in the Mediterranean have such classic ways of designing the their landscapes.

There are many newer books, and some I haven't read yet but all of the above helped start making sense out of the desert for me.

True even when you narrower it to just roses.  I have many beloved books, some for their practical information, some for their photos, others for their prose.  In no particular order I will add my favorites in hopes you too will find pleasure, inspiration and knowledge between their pages.

Roses In A Desert Garden by Hallie Beck.  This is the sprightly woman mentioned on the "About" page.  She gave me the confidence to plant many new unusual and antique roses as well as the English varieties.  How I wish she, my rose guru, could see my garden now!  Well... I suppose she might be gazing down on it.

Garden Voices, Stories of Women and Their Gardens by Carolyn Freas Rapp.  Not what you may think it is, this book is a treasured gift from my sister.  A gift, I in turn have given many times.  While she doesn't share my love of growing in the garden my sister is the one who gave me my wonder and love of the nature.   So when a woman she knew published  this book she snagged an autographed copy for her little sis.  These stories are so different and so beautiful.  They gave me inspiration to forge ahead with my love of playing in the dirt, even if only I enjoyed what I did.  Thanks, Cath.

Extreme Gardening by Dave Owens, The Garden Guy, another avid, or is that rabid, organic grower.  He helped me to begin to understand what I was doing wrong in the desert and that I could have an even better garden than in the midwest.  So portable I've been known to leave it in the garden when using it to reference companion plants.

The Garden Guy by Dave Owens, the same Garden Guy.  This is a great companion because it is arranged by months.  If you, like me, have trouble remembering when to fertilize the citrus, or prune the roses and a host of other seasonal garden duties this is the book for you.   Also portable and lost in the garden.  Swallowed by compost?

Carrots Love Tomatoes and  Roses Love Garlic both by Louise Riotte Whenever planting Louise and Dave the Garden Guy are at my side.  I confess I am a wimpy, lazy gardener.  Add to that the Scottish side of me and I was meant for companion gardening.  Louise is all about companions.  She tells us how to make less work, and less waste by making good neighbors of our plants.  Try it!  You'll like it!

R is For Roses by Carolyn Parker.  Mmmm.  I'd buy it just for the cover photo.  This woman knows how to make her garden grow and then how to photograph it!  She goes through each letter of the alphabet finding a rose for each letter, telling it's story and showing it photographed in several ways, including arranging the roses to look like the letter that they represent!  Virtually all of the roses are from her personal garden.I'd like to apprentice with her!  Is your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, etc, etc  a lover of floral photography, roses or gardening then do consider this for a gift.

The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman my hero, my crush until I learned he is the husband of Barbara Damrosch. Early preaching the value of home gardening as well as keeping it true with organic methods.  Watched and read about him in my early gardening days. Just can't bear to grow any other way.  And Eliot has designed many a wonderful, simple, effective garden tool.  He's the thinking farmers farmer.

The Garden Primer by Babara Damrosch wife of Eliot Coleman, co-keeper of the land at Four Seasons Farm.  Like Eliot she's all about organics and making growing efficient.  Not to be sexist but her book is a bit more appealing to la feme, as Eliot's may appeal more to the guys.  For me I like them both.  And Barbara has a section on...roses.  Do you wonder why I read books by people farming in Maine?  Well they have one short growing season and we have two.  One of the most valuable tips I learned came from George Brookbank.  It was he who explained that since we have two short seasons to grow veggies, select seeds designed for the short seasons of the Northern states.  It made all of the difference in my veggies.  Thanks George.  And yet Eliot and Barbara have lots of great ideas on how to have 4 growing seasons even in their Tundra.  Now if I ever find myself heading North I won't cry because I know Eliot and Barbara have figured out how to have 4 seasons in the snow, like we have here in the desert.

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert, and Dry Times The Complete Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening without Wasting Water by Maureen Gilmore  Full of helpful drawings and photos.  The author lives in Palm Desert, sandier soil there, and has written many other books.  She draws from current understandings well as ancient knowledge and techniques from other arid lands.

How To Grow the Wildflowers by Eric Johnson and Scott Millard An oldie but a goodie with excellent photos and relevant information