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Behind The Scenes of Seed Lab Photography

Behind The Scenes of Seed Lab Photography

Conservation collections manager, Steve Blackwell, shares the intriguing capabilities of the Garden's Seed Lab and photography. Explore seeds, seedlings and chrysalises on a cellular level and learn how Garden scientists use this process in their work.

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Rainwater Harvesting at Desert Botanical Garden

Rainwater Harvesting at Desert Botanical Garden

The Garden has found a way to extend the benefits of rainy seasons long after the clouds have departed - elevating its rainwater harvesting efforts. Incorporated in the design for the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science is an extensive rainwater harvesting system to...

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Fred Katterman Collection at Desert Botanical Garden

Fred Katterman Collection at Desert Botanical Garden

In 2014, Desert Botanical Garden received an extraordinary gift from Fred Katterman. He donated his private cactus collection consisting of more than 1,800 potted cactus from regions of Chile, northern Argentina and Peru. This donation added 131 new taxa to the...

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Garden Scientists Find an Endangered Arizona Orchid

Garden Scientists Find an Endangered Arizona Orchid

Photos by Eirini Pajak Orchids are a well-known to most people for their beauty. They grow on every continent except Antarctica, and the blooms of these plants come in almost every shade of color. In North America, there are more than 200 orchid species, and more than...

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Cactus: Fifth Most-Threatened Group of Living Things

Cactus: Fifth Most-Threatened Group of Living Things

Coral reefs are known to be endangered. Images of colorless coral, vacant of living creatures, paired with pleas to help preserve the reefs, have been seen for years. In October 2015, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the Red List of...

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Monarch Butterflies and Milkweeds

Monarch Butterflies and Milkweeds

Monarch butterflies are spotted in Arizona between October and April. While monarchs are not in Arizona year-round, the state is in the migration path for both the western and eastern populations of monarch butterflies. Annually, these iconic insects set out on a...

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