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LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Picking just the right plant for a
sunny flowerbed or shady backyard can be tricky in the desert
Southwest. Now local gardeners can do it with the click of a mouse.
Desert Blooms, a new CD-ROM developed by New Mexico State
University, is designed to help homeowners with water-saving
landscaping for southern New Mexico, far West Texas, and northern
Chihuahua, Mexico. The CD was designed by New Mexico State
University's agricultural communications department.
"Having water-smart landscaping doesn't mean your front yard has
to be covered in gravel," said Barbara Chamberlin, project manager
with agricultural communications. "You can have beautiful flowers and
nice green trees and shrubs. This CD helps you know which ones to
use, how to plant them, and how to landscape with them."
The CD has basic information about planting, watering, and caring
for your landscape. The most popular feature is a database of
hundreds of plants, which are catalogued by water use, height,type,
and light requirements. Homeowners can search for the type of plant
they want, view a number of possibilities, and print off their
"Sometimes it's difficult to get an idea of what plants will look
like after you've planted them and they're starting to do well,"
Chamberlin said. "This CD will show, in some cases, many pictures of
that plant so you can visualize how your landscape will look. You can
even print off the information and take it with you to the nursery."
Desert Blooms won a "Best of Show" Addy Award from the El Paso
Advertising Federation this year. The CD, which was funded with a
grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, was distributed to
libraries and schools in Las Cruces and El Paso.
To purchase a copy of Desert Blooms for $12, call (915) 594-5508.
Volume discounts are available. The CD works with both Windows and
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