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Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: At Home Issue: October 2013
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How does your home garden grow? With these plants and accessories.

What do Kangaroo Paw, Bat-Faced Cuphea, Old Man’s Beard, and Devil’s Backbone have in common? No, they’re not characters in a nursery rhyme or ingredients in a witches’ brew – at least, any known witches’ brew. They’re all types of desert foliage. More importantly, they’re all types of desert foliage generally available at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Bi-Annual Plant Sale, held in March and October.

Hundreds of herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, cacti and flowers are for sale at the popular event, ranging from a variety of Acacia and sage to garlic lilies and Arizona grapevines (visit dbg.org/gardening-horticulture/bi-annual-plant-sale for a 26-page catalogue of generally available plants). There’s no admission charge to the Fall Plant Sale, which takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 13. Members of Desert Botanical Garden get a preview from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, October 11. A selection of gardening books will also be for sale, along with specialty pottery and other garden accessories.

Not sure which basil to buy or how to care for that Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye shrub you’ve been eyeing? Go for the greens and stay for the gurus – horticulturists and garden volunteers will be on hand at DBG to discuss the differences between Genovese basil and Magic Mountain basil, and generally advise buyers on the finer points of selecting aridity-adapted plants for their homes and gardens.

Gardening books Learn how to grow edible herbs with The Cook’s Herb Garden (DK Publishing, $19.95) and sprout out to squash and tomatoes with the Western Garden Book of Edibles (Sunset Books, $24.95). These two tomes are among the most popular home-horticulture titles in Changing Hands Bookstore’s bulging selection.
Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-730-0205,
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  AeroGarden 7 Use “aeroponic technology” to grow all sorts of green things with this salad-in-a-box-style device. Just drop in a pre-seeded “grow pod” and watch things bloom in a sort of self-contained biosystem, with automated lighting and reminders for water and nutrients. Measures 10.5” deep, 18.5” wide, and 21” high. $149.95 MSRP
Gardeners World
, 3401 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, 602-437-0700, gardenpro.net
Herb scissors Create the perfect cut every time with these triple-blade, stainless steel scissors designed to snip and mince fresh herbs. The scissors feature a comfortable grip and blades that measure 7.5 inches long, and each pair comes with a seed packet of chives. $19.95
Southwest Gardener
2809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-279-9510, southwestgardener.com
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  Abby Lee Farms herbs Located in the ghost town of Geronimo, Arizona (in the southeastern part of the state), Abby Lee Farms yields a variety of ornamental trees, along with awesome alfalfa and chrysanthemums to take home and plant. Pick them up during one of ALF’s visits to Phoenix Public Market (Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings).
Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, foodconnect.org/phxmarket
Vertical gardens For those with ample ambitions but limited space, these customizable, easy-to-assemble vertical gardens provide room to grow a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Use them on walls, fences or balconies. Available in configurations ranging from one to five tiers, with costs ranging from $150-$500.
Flower Street Urban Gardens, 4401 E. Flower St., Phoenix, 602-327-6560, flowerstreeturbangardens.com
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