December 2020 | Desert Botanical Garden

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Month: December 2020

Nature-Based Resolution Ideas

Nature-Based Resolution Ideas

Hasta Luego, 2020 It’s no understatement that most folks are ready to say good riddance to 2020 and look forward to a happier and healthier 2021. Consider weaving nature into your commitments to 2021. Here are several nature-inspired New Year’s resolutions to...
Too Hot, Even for Monarchs

Too Hot, Even for Monarchs

Lack of rain and hotter weather lead to record low butterfly season The monarch butterfly population is in decline. Due to their magnificent migration, almost all US monarchs are in a few locations during the winter, allowing biologists to count and estimate the...
Activity | Simple Guide to Composting

Activity | Simple Guide to Composting

This simple in-ground method to composting is minimal in cost and can easily kick-start your eco-conscious goals. Purchase a  composting container or  prepare a composting hole Find a semi-shady or shady place. Shade is important in warmer weather–if the compost pile...

Jícama, Orange and Nopalitos Salad

Courtesy of Barbara Pool Fenzl   Nopales are the dark green, fleshy pads of the prickly pear cactus and taste like tart green beans. Nopalitos are the diced or sliced nopales that are sold either fresh in the produce department or pickled in jars in larger...
Think Outside the Box | Eco Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Think Outside the Box | Eco Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Try Your Hand at Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping This Year   Every holiday season, 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away. Not to mention the tape, tags and ribbon that are an additional strain on the environment as well. One simple way to reduce your waste this...
December Ecoflora Challenge | Spot Spurge

December Ecoflora Challenge | Spot Spurge

Join the December EcoQuest: Spot Spurge Find and map as many sandmat spurge plants (Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum) as possible. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are often a botanical highlight of the holiday season, but this month we are taking a look at one of...
Activity | Red Hot Ristras

Activity | Red Hot Ristras

Courtesy of Tavo Ruffo, Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events and Gertrude’s Restaurant Add some Southwest flare to your décor this holiday season. This ristra is multi-purpose–after enjoying it’s color-changing beauty, use the dried chiles in cooking. Fun...
Poinsettias | A Holiday Icon

Poinsettias | A Holiday Icon

The holidays aren’t complete without a poinsettia in the mix. This popular plant has gained so much notoriety that it has it’s own holiday–National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on the 12th of December. In 2019, roughly 35 million poinsettias were sold in the U.S. and...

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