Guidelines for Establishing your Desert Garden

This is the outline for a presentation on the subject at Magnolia Grove for the Rhododendron and Garden Festival 2010 BOTANICALLY SIMPLE: We have a few main plant families that create the basic structure. Agave 20, Aloes 33, Cereus types (columnar) 20, Opuntiods(prickly pear types) 21, Yuccas 7. The Desert Garden at Magnolia Grove has … Read more

Magnolia ecology

Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilised specimens of Magnolia acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating to … Read more