Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Chihuahuan Desert

The map above gives you a sense of our Place in relationship to the ecoregion known as the Chihuahuan Desert. For more information, visit the Chihuahuan Desert Home Page of the University of Texas at El Paso.

A great place to visit and to take visitors to our City is the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus. In fact, a visit to all of the exhibits at the Centennial Museum is well worth the trip.

In fact, mark your calendars for this weekend’s Flora Fest at the UTEP Centennial Museum. Flora Fest is the annual native plant sale. It begins Saturday morning, April 26th, at 9a.m. You can find native plants from 9 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. It is best to get there first thing on Saturday as plants are quickly bought-up at this very popular, annual event. Here is a list of plants that will be available. Plants that are native to our desert environment require less water and are better adapted to pests, diseases and weather conditions that plague non-natives.

Also get to know the El Paso Chapter of the Native Plant Society, become a member or just attend some of their very educational events. It's a good way to get to know our Place.

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