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KENW To Begin Airing New Episodes of "Southwest Yard and Garden" Sept. 6

LAS CRUCES - Public television viewers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas can enjoy 13 new episodes of "Southwest Yard and Garden" on Saturdays at 10 a.m., starting Sept. 6.

This fall, "Southwest Yard and Garden" viewers can learn about golden barrel cactus, center, and other prickly species when Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden is featured on a new episode. Beginning in September, 13 new half-hour programs from New Mexico State University will air on public television stations in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest. (08/28/2003) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by Curtis Smith)

This season, the regional series from New Mexico State University will take viewers to private and public gardens from California to the Texas hill country, with each program visiting multiple Southwestern locations.

On Sept. 6, the featured location will be Phoenix, Ariz. The Sept. 13 show visits Austin, Texas. On Sept. 20, the show will be preempted for KENW's fall festival pledge drive, but "Southwest Yard and Garden" returns Sept. 27 with out-of-this-world irises in Roswell.

Other featured locations this season are Sedona, Ariz.; Sacramento, Santa Barbara/Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango and Grand Junction, Colo.; Albuquerque; and Austin/Fredricksburg, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

Viewers learn from creative, knowledgeable gardeners, including curators at public parks and gardens such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin and the Colorado Springs Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.

Segments highlight brilliant wildflowers, hummingbird havens, formal gardens and funky cactus landscapes. Novice gardeners can find out how to beautify their backyards through the show's gardening 101 segments, which tackle how to install drip irrigation and conquer caliche, among other topics.

"We're glad to be back," said Terry Canup, executive producer and head of NMSU's agricultural communications department. "Since expanding to a regional format by popular demand in 2002, we've aired in most of the major media markets in the Southwest."

Each episode features two gardens at a travel destination and a public garden from elsewhere in the Southwest, along with a gardening 101 segment.

The series began in 2000 as a New Mexico-based program. Host Curtis Smith is a horticulturist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.