Cheryl Blake and I worked at a booth in the Expo Hall at the recent American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) conference in Phoenix.
It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with individuals who design landscapes for communities and public facilities. We provided materials about Firewise landscaping including a booklet and DVD entitled "Safer From The Start" and a pamphlet about Firewise landscaping. If you would like to order these great educational pieces, check out the Firewise Communities website catalog.
We had some nice donations of a cactus and flowers from the University of Arizona folks to make our space much more appealing during the show. One of the plants, a golden barrel cactus, would make a nice Firewise addition to any Arizona or other dry Southwest landscape. It is high in moisture, low in resin, creates little duff (leaves, needles, etc.), is very low maintenance and is water wise!
For more information about Firewise native and non-native plant selection check out your nearest cooperative extension office and follow these basic principles. The US Department of Agriculture has an interactive map that will help you locate your nearest cooperative extension office at www.crsees.usda.gov/Extension.