El Paso has really short winter and spring seasons. Winter seems to be heading out early this year, and spring means getting out and gardening, but how can you garden in the desert without either planting things that take up too much water, or having to use just cacti?

You can head out to the El Paso Master Gardeners "Sunscape: Gardening the Sensible Way," on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You don't have to be a master gardener to go to this class, or any of the others they offer, you just need to want to learn from the best how to make your yard and garden look their best.

Sunscape is for gardeners who want to use native plants. They'll teach you how to go beyond just cactus and sage bushes to make your home into a water-friendly oasis in the desert. I've taken these classes before and they really teach you how to work with our environment and climate to spruce up your yard.

The $35 fee may seem expensive, but think about how much money you'll save by learning what plants will work in El Paso, instead of spending money on things that won't last in your garden.

WHAT: Sunscape: Gardening the Sensible Way
WHEN: Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Centennial Museum, corner of Wiggins and University on UTEP campus
COST: $35 per student - take a sack lunch