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Landscape Designs for Desert Gardens

Photo by: Arely Avitia

On this week’s show, Denise, John and Jan offer tips on design and landscape choices for your desert gardens within El Paso. Either caring or adding a new addition to your garden, we want to give you advice on how to check the mature size of your new plants, native plant material, season or pollinating plants, local nurseries, using backyards for planting, outdoor lighting, gardening creativity and more. Denise will also provide more updates and information on the El Paso County Master Gardeners programs that will be available for anyone to attend.

The first Texas Master Gardener class was held in 1979 in Montgomery County and the El Paso program was the first within the state of Texas in 1981. Today there are over 6,000 Texas Master Gardeners based in 112 counties. Texas Master Gardeners are united in name, but the program’s strength lies in its ability to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves.

Additional information/Links

  • Visit the  El Paso County Master Gardeners website for questions, tips, and upcoming calendar events:

Originally aired on April 13, 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.
Jan Petrzelka is a voluntter host on Good To grow on Saturdays at 11:15 AM. She is a Master Gardner with the Texas A&M Extension service and conducts workshops on 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.
Edward Reyes is an intern who helps with editing and mixing audio for KTEP’s show “Good to Grow.”
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