January 2021 | Desert Botanical Garden


Month: January 2021

Activity | Dust storms, tumble weeds and traveling seeds!

Activity | Dust storms, tumble weeds and traveling seeds!

Windy days are part of the seasonal experience living in the Sonoran Desert. Dust storms commonly referred to as haboobs, form when a large mass of cold, unstable air moves swiftly across dry ground covered with loose silt and fine sand. These dust storms can be about...
A Batch Made in Heaven

A Batch Made in Heaven

A Batch Made in Heaven This article first ran in Sonoran Quarterly in 2019. Take a look back at our first beer collaboration. One look at the Arizona’s rolling desert terrain is all it takes to fall in love with its natural beauty. That is all it took to inspire...

Milkweeds, monarchs and pollinators in a changing climate

As monarch butterfly populations experience declines of up to 99%  across the United States, and essential host milkweed habitat is lost to urbanization, critical conservation choices need to be made about these species and their interactions. At the DPEL, staff...

Urban landscaping for a cooler future

The heat island effect is extreme in the arid Southwest and are poised to increase in intensity due to population growth and climate change. With collaborators at the School of Earth Sciences and the Environment at Arizona State University, the DPEL ( spell out) is...

Plant responses to heat stress

Water loss in plants has commonly been considered only as a cost of photosynthetic carbon gain. However, plants may use water in ways that may not necessarily optimize instantaneous carbon gain, but instead as a strategy for leaf evaporative cooling. The DPEL and...

The distinctive form and function of giant cactus

Giant cactus are among the most charismatic and iconic plant life forms on the planet, but many giant cactus species are threatened by the effects of climate change. At the Dryland Plant Ecophysiology Lab (DPEL) the staff studies the distinctive physiological features...

Tree ecophysiology in dryland riparian ecosystems

Riparian forests are among the most threatened in North America as a consequence of altered hydrological conditions, invasive species and climate change. The Dryland Plant Ecophysiology Lab seeks to identify tree ecophysiological traits that underlie adaptation to...
Martin Luther King, Jr., An American Hero

Martin Luther King, Jr., An American Hero

Beloved American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 92 year old today, Jan. 15.  The nation will officially celebrate the legacy of his brave leadership in the civil rights and social justice movements on Monday, Jan. 18. Dr. King taught us...
January Ecoflora Challenge | Seize the Cheese

January Ecoflora Challenge | Seize the Cheese

Join the January EcoQuest: Seize the Cheese Cheeseweed, Malva Parviflora, is a somewhat low-growing forb that can form large, overtaking clumps, sometimes the size of small shrubs. It has been documented in metro Phoenix since the early 1900s. The common name...
Recipe | Pumpkin Pup Biscuits

Recipe | Pumpkin Pup Biscuits

Fido shouldn’t be left out of all the extra time you have been spending in the kitchen. Give your pup a natural treat they will love with this delicious dog treat recipe!   Ingredients 2 cups + 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (all purpose is fine)...

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