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Spring FloraFest

Arely Avitia

On this week’s show, Denise and John spend the morning at the Spring FloraFest. This is the 30th anniversary of the native plant sale at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Jon shares the reason for the creation of the event. They also discuss watering in the desert southwest and what plants work well in the area.

FloraFest is the primary fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. They sell native plants which help conserve water, require less maintenance, and are more cold-hardy than plants from other parts of the world. Native plants also provide food and habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies. Using native plants in your yard is one step that we can take to help restore a healthy ecosystem in El Paso.

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This program originally aired on April 6, 2024.

Denise S. Rodriguez, County Administrator and Horticulture Extension Agent, is an El Paso native who earned her BS and MS in Horticulture at New Mexico State University. Denise previously worked at the AgriLife Research Center at El Paso where she was part of a research team focusing on determining the drought and salt tolerance of low water use plants in urban horticulture. She has tailored her home gardens to be kid friendly in hopes of inspiring her own children to engage in gardening.
John White, is a volunteer host on Good to Grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. He serves as curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.
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