The Southwestern Deserts are home to record numbers of native birds, including shy pyrrhuloxias, sweet phainopeplas , and the charming lesser goldfinches. Our landscapes, done correctly, can invite these natives into the city, as opposed fostering non-native species and driving our natives towards extinction. The landscape plants featured in this presentation are low-water and native to our local deserts. This means that native birds know them, and in some cases have search images for them hard-wired in their brains.
is a long-time Southwest desert gardener and award-winning garden writer, with over a dozen published books, all on gardening or using the products of the garden. She is a popular newspaper and magazine columnist (for decades) and her free-lance work appears in national publications. Along with writing books, she is an active blogger, and hosts the Gardening With Soule Membership Club.
For over 30 years, Jacqueline has been offering lectures and community classes on gardening - and ways to live lightly on this earth. She is a popular
speaker with green industry professionals, garden groups, and in other
venues. She is listed in Great Garden Speakers.
Soule has a B.S. in Plant Sciences and a B.S. in Ecology,
Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona both with Honors and
Cum Laude, a M.S. in Botany from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D.
in Botany from the University of Texas. Her post-doc work was at
Washington State University. Combine this cross-country experience with
summers in Vermont and an internship at the Morris Arboretum in
Philadelphia, and this means she has gardened in almost every corner of
the USA! This also means that she can help you better understand how
unique gardening here is here in the desert - and how to shift your gardening practices to
succeed with your gardening goals here in the Land of El Sol.
Highly Recommend anything Dr. Jacqueline Soule offers. She is easy to understand, informative, plus Very Well Organized. This will be Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to garden in the Southwest.
Plant Guide and Videos - so that you will attract lovely native birds to your yard.