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New paper published by Ph.D. candidate Davis Blasini

New paper published by Ph.D. candidate Davis Blasini

Fremont cottonwood are among the most important tree species in the western US providing habitat for numerous species. However, cottonwood forests are also recognized as being highly threatened by many factors, including climate change. A recent paper published by...
Completion of Ph.D. by former lab member, Dr. Giacomo Mozzi.

Completion of Ph.D. by former lab member, Dr. Giacomo Mozzi.

Dr. Giacomo Mozzi just completed his PhD at the University of Padova in Padova, Italy. Dr. Mozzi’s dissertation focuses on the morphology of leaf and stem succulent plants, including cacti to better understand how these plants cope with water limitations....
Pollinator Plant Propagation

Pollinator Plant Propagation

Garden research is highlighting the importance of native plants for conservation of ecosystems and many types of animals, including pollinators. However, there is a lack of native plant material available for building habitat–from small backyard projects to large...
Milkweed Ecology

Milkweed Ecology

Milkweeds support more than just monarchs. They offer value to a variety of landscapes by providing nectar for pollinators and attracting predatory insects that are excellent for pesticide-free pest control. Great Milkweed Grow Out is currently working on a project...
Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the sole hostplant for monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Monarch caterpillars must consume milkweeds to survive. As monarchs are facing drastic declines, largely tied to loss of plant habitat, the Garden’s pollinator...
Diversity Month | Meet Hussein Al Hamka

Diversity Month | Meet Hussein Al Hamka

In celebration of diversity month, learn about how Garden staff and the plants from around the world contribute to the culture of the Garden.   This week, meet Hussein Al Hamka–a farmer at Spaces of Opportunity. Arriving in Arizona with hope for a brighter future,...
Earth Day Tool Shed | 2021

Earth Day Tool Shed | 2021

Celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April with Desert Botanical Garden. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Restore Our Earth. Learn about a variety of ways you and your family can help preserve nature and be a good steward to the environment. The Tool Shed...
Plume Power | The Mystery of Gambel’s Quail

Plume Power | The Mystery of Gambel’s Quail

Garden visitors often ask why Gambel’s quail have those curious-looking plumes on their heads that are especially prominent on the males. Composed of six black, comma-shaped feathers that tightly overlap, you might guess that this topknot’s function is to impress....
The Chavez Legacy Continues

The Chavez Legacy Continues

Meet Alejandro Chavez  Alejandro Chavez is an activist who works in grassroots organizing, Latinx outreach and movement-building to activate positive change in communities. He served as the campaign manager for Ruben Gallego’s successful run for State Representative....
Activity | Plant Potions

Activity | Plant Potions

Create a magical potion from nature! Fairies and wizards are not the only potion makers. With spring in full swing, now is a great time to get outside and make a springtime potion.  Plants play a vital role in our lives. In fact, many modern-day medicines are derived...

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