We wouldn't give you a plugged nickel for a book about orchid care. Yaaaawn. But one that focuses on the Southwest garden? We're there. Cactus, as many locals know, is not quite as hardy and hands-off as it appears. You water it too much, it dies. Not enough, it croaks. Just right, it still croaks. Unless it's a particularly ugly cactus, and then it doesn't matter what you do. The damned thing'll outlive you. This professional garden designer's new book, The Hot Garden: Landscape Design for the Desert Southwest, not only shows you how to stock your little slice of hardpan heaven with cactus that ain't ugly, but offers "tips and tricks" to keep 'em healthy and happy.
Mon., June 29, 7 p.m., 2009