Gardening with native desert plants: A How-To Booklet
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Gardening with native desert plants: A How-To Booklet

A guide to Anza-Borrego desert native plants

About the Book

This booklet is directed towards people who live in Borrego Springs or neighboring desert communities such as Ocotillo Wells, Shelter Valley, Ranchita, Canebrake, and Salton City. But this is a subset of a larger area known as the Lower Colorado Desert that stretches as far as Palm Springs to the north, Yuma to the east, and even Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, to the south. The Lower Colorado is, in turn, part of the vast Sonoran Desert that encompasses most of Arizona and a large part of northern Mexico. So, these gardening principles can be applied over a large area of the desert, even though our focus is on a small slice of it.

About the Author

Don Rideout
Don Rideout

Don Rideout is a retired city planner for the City of Carlsbad, CA. He is currently working as a volunteer with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Botany Society where he serves as newsletter editor. The purpose of the ABDSP Botany Society is to study the native plants of the region, assist the park in conserving these plants in the wild, and interpret the botany of the region for visitors. He has been married to Sheila since 1971 and has two sons and six grandchildren. He enjoys gardening with California native plants in Encinitas and Borrego Springs. 

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