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Meet the Garden’s Newest Research Assistant Luis Romero

Meet the Garden’s Newest Research Assistant Luis Romero

Across the sandy desert floor in northwestern New Mexico, two small rare cactus species — Sclerocactus mesae-verdae and Sclerocactus cloverae — call this place home. Yet, these plants are threatened by poachers and habitat loss due to oil and gas development in the...
How Desert Botanical Garden is Helping Saguaros Under a Hotter Climate

How Desert Botanical Garden is Helping Saguaros Under a Hotter Climate

Meet the next generation of saguaros. In a small square pot, 100 black seeds are scattered across a sandy bed. Several of them have already sprouted into seedlings. The seedlings are only a few millimeters in size, resembling green jelly beans with a spiky head. The...
Plant Care Tips During Extreme Heat Wave

Plant Care Tips During Extreme Heat Wave

Consistent weeks of record-breaking high temperatures is stressful for many plants. Despite best efforts to keep plants alive, many will begin to see symptoms of heat and drought stress. Leaves, fruit, flowers, bark, wood and roots may be damaged. Different plant...
Saguaros Under Stress

Saguaros Under Stress

Saguaros are Arizona’s unique icons however, their ubiquitous presence in urban landscapes might be at risk. In recent years, there’s been increased reports of fallen or ill saguaros across the Phoenix metro area. Although the ultimate causes might not yet be...
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