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In our climate-conscious era, more and more gardeners are planting for drought tolerance. At the new McMenamins Anderson School, in Bothell, garden manager Riz Reyes has taken this trend to another level by planting a stunning display filled with hardy species from the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico, including agave, yucca, and prickly pear.

In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, Riz spoke to local garden writer and designer Phil Wood about some of his favorite featured plants and offered tips on how to create a desert planting in your own home garden.

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