It’s a dry heat, but it doesn’t have to be a dry and boring landscape. Sure, some years are worse than others, and the idea for this site came about after one of New Mexico’s worst drought periods in years. No matter the climate, all businesses and homeowners should garden responsibly to conserve the West’s most precious resource — water. Still, there are plenty of native plants that have adapted to our climates, and they can add interest, color, and even cool cover to just about any garden.
Gardening in a Drought is written by Teresa Odle, a member of GWA, the Association for Garden Communicators. This blog won GWA’s 2016 Silver Award for blog writing and Gold Award for best electronic writing.
Teresa was trained as a master gardener in Albuquerque, N.M. She also is a professional editor and writer who has contributed blog posts to national web sites and feature articles to newspapers around the country. She has written about gardening and home improvement for Tractor Supply Company, Mastergardening.com, Your Home Wizards, a national nursery and others. Most of all, Teresa and her husband, Tim, love high-desert gardening in New Mexico.
Check out the blog (see the archives on the right) to learn more about xeriscaping and the photo page to see examples of low-water, high-impact plants. We’ll try to inform, encourage responsible but attractive xeric gardening, and keep it light when possible.
Unless otherwise noted, we use USDA zones in all of our plant descriptions.