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Iguanas in the Garden

Iguanas in the Garden

Photos: Jim Rorabaugh Iguanas in the Garden? Yes, there are. But they are not the green iguanas you might see in a zoo or pet store. Our native Desert Iguanas are pale, heat-loving lizards, up to 16 inches long including their tails. They live in the sunbaked creosote...

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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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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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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...

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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....

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