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A Gourd-geous Fall Harvest

A Gourd-geous Fall Harvest

It’s decorative gourd season! For many, the term ‘gourd’ evokes images of the bizarre, colorful novelty crops that appear by the bushel-load in farmers markets and grocery stores each October and just as suddenly disappear after Thanksgiving. For warm climates like...

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Spook-tacular Plants

Spook-tacular Plants

Even plants can get into the Halloween spirit! Here are Desert Botanical Garden's “spooky” plant picks either for their name, behavior or appearance. Have fun trying to find these on your next visit. The sinister-looking creeping devil (Stenocereus eruca) slithers...

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Falling For Fall

Falling For Fall

Autumn is typically synonymous with scarves, sweaters and, of course, changing leaves. While the Sonoran Desert may not be known for its colorful transition of trees, if you know what to look for, desert plants have their own way of indicating a shift in the seasons....

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Saguaros Struggle Through “Nonsoon”

Saguaros Struggle Through “Nonsoon”

In recent weeks, a large number of saguaros are falling in residential areas throughout metro Phoenix. Why is this happening? The giant cactus or saguaro is one of the most iconic species of the Sonoran Desert. These organisms have ada pted to the environmental...

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A Stroll Through the Steele Herb Garden

A Stroll Through the Steele Herb Garden

The beauty of Desert Botanical Garden expresses itself in special ways on each of its five thematic trails. While the Garden began as a one focused on conserving and celebrating the wonders of Sonoran Desert plants, another worthy mission was soon identified in...

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Summer Plant SOS

Summer Plant SOS

Record breaking heat is hard on us, imagine what's going on with your plant. Here are some helpful tips to provide them relief:   If your plants are turning yellow, place shade cloth over the plants until temperatures are in the 90s. Since we haven’t receive any...

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