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The Cactus Queen and her Moth

The Cactus Queen and her Moth

Following a perfumed path in the night, hawk moths in the desert of Southern Arizona find the queen of the night cactus blossom held aloft on what appears to be a dead stick. The skinny cactus stems grow from a large tuberous root that weighs more than 40 pounds. The...

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Wildfire Awareness Month

Wildfire Awareness Month

Week 1 | PreventionFire-adapted ecosystems are those that experience a regular occurrence of fire, mostly to the benefit of the ecosystem. To the best of our knowledge, natural fires have not historically been a significant part of the Sonoran Desert. Unlike...

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Native Bees | The Unsung Heroes of the Desert

Native Bees | The Unsung Heroes of the Desert

Spring brings an astounding display of desert wildflowers thanks to behind-the-scenes contributions of winter rains and native bees. Flowers rely on bee pollinators to create seeds for the next season’s blooms. Native bees' relationship with plants extends beyond...

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Activity | Water Bottle Planter

Activity | Water Bottle Planter

Saving Landfills One Water Bottle at a Time Plastic bottles are everywhere. You may not realize how much they are used on a daily basis–here are a few surprising facts: On average one person uses 156 plastic bottles annually 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown...

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An Earth Day Self-Guided Tour

An Earth Day Self-Guided Tour

Garden Go! This all-new Earth Day self-guided Garden-wide tour explores how desert plants adapt to survive and thrive in the hot, dry desert. See how the Garden finds solutions for sustainable living and more.

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Aloe, There!

Aloe, There!

April is Diversity Month–a time to recognize and celebrate the beauty of  unique cultures, backgrounds and traditions. Today, we look at a plant used in numerous countries and cultures. It grows in several different areas of the Garden and, because it does well in so...

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