Welcome to Gardening in a Drought, your fun and informative resource for Southwest gardening.
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 GardenComm, the Association for Garden Communicators. This blog won GardenComm’s (formerly GWA’s) 2016 Silver Award for blog writing and Gold Award for best online 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 and gardening product reviews to national web sites and feature articles to newspapers around the country. She is a partner in Southwest Gardening Blog and the editor of African Violet Magazine. Most of all, Teresa and her husband, Tim, love high-desert gardening in New Mexico.
Unless otherwise noted, we use USDA zones in all of our plant descriptions.