Southwest landscaping for birds

Photo by Ed Mertz

Thrashers and thrushes and towhees, oh my! Attract more birds to your desert garden than you dreamed possible by creating landscape plant habitats. With a myriad of plants to choose from, it’s easy not only to provide food, but also shelter and nesting places.

On Saturday, February 10, Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes back gardening expert Carol Stuttard. Join Carol as she discusses “some of the best plants to include in your landscaping to attract our finest feathered friends, including those lovely little hummingbirds we all enjoy.”

Carol, a transplanted gardener from England, is a certified Master Gardener. She has completed numerous Advanced Training courses and is a gardening educator. She was certified as a Desert Landscape designer through Desert Botanical Gardens and is a horticultural instructor there. She was an adjunct instructor in the Horticulture Department at Mesa Community College. Carol has been on PBS and had her own show on Channel 11, Scottsdale for Vegetable Gardening. Carol has a desert gardening blog at:

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon at the Town Council Chambers’ NEW LOCATION at 33 Easy Street and Nonchalant Avenue, Carefree. A $5.00 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480-488-3686. Come early. Seating is limited.