This article ran in the Spring 2018 Sonoran Quarterly issue
In the 1930s, a small group of passionate local citizens saw the need to conserve the plants in the Sonoran Desert, including the variety of cactus species that thrive in its extreme desert conditions. This group founded Desert Botanical Garden, and their fascination with cactus continues through the Garden’s mission. While National Cactus Day is May 10, the Garden has been celebrating and honoring the fascinating and resilient nature of cactus throughout its history. See just a few of the milestones the Garden has accomplished to explore, understand and conserve the iconic desert plant.