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Judith Phillips speaks at the Botanic Garden on March 26.

How Will Climate Change Affect the Way We Garden?

Judith Phillips. Photo by David Fenton.

March 25, 2013

With spring fever kicking in, gardeners of all levels are busy digging and planting. But before you get too far into new projects, join us for a talk about sustainable gardening practices and coping with climate change. Judith Phillips, renowned gardening expert and landscape architect, speaks at the Botanic Garden on Tuesday, March 26 from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

"Judith's talk--Gardening Strategies for Coping with Climate Extremes--offers insight into landscapes of the Southwest," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "It's a great opportunity to learn how our actions matter when it comes to water conservation and gardening during droughts."

Phillips--a designer, garden writer, teacher and activist--explores gardening techniques suitable for the shifting climate and urban spaces. She has 35 years of experience designing arid-adapted and native gardens in the high desert.

"Plants adapt to extremes," said Phillips. "Understanding these adaptations is reassuring and gives us a better idea of how they might fit together in designed groupings."

Rainfall and temperature patterns have changed, encouraging Phillips to harvest rainwater from rooftops and grow plants to buffer the heat of urban construction. She advocates landscaping with native and xeric plants, because they are beautiful and create oases that are cooled, colored and perfumed.

There is no charge to attend this presentation in the Education Building, which is located in the Main Plaza of the Aquarium and Botanic Garden. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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