Cactus in all its varieties and natural wonder is the foundation for the Arizona landscape. It defines the Sonoran Desert and symbolizes the unique beauty of the Southwest, but it is threatened. As one of the fifth most threatened groups of organisms, the Desert Botanical Garden is committed to help save the cactus and we need your help. 

Since 1939, the Garden has created the world’s finest collection of cacti and desert plants, and worked to preserve and protect the desert. This year, our efforts are elevated through an exciting community campaign called Cactomania.

We are looking for people who want to join us in our efforts. By making a donation to The Saguaro Initiative you can help the Garden ensure the wonders of the desert are here for future generations. Your partnership will give you access to news and special offers as well as exclusive invitations and fantastic giveaways only available to Cactomanicas. 

Cactomaniac benefits:

  • Exclusive event invitations
  • Cactomania giveaways and special offers
  • Monthly newsletter 
  • The opportunity to help preserve the cactus in the Sonoran Desert and throughout the world

The first Cactomania event is set for January 28 during Dogs’ Day at the Garden. Head to Cactomania Central located on Elliot Patio from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and register to become a Cactomaniac. The first 50 Cactomaniacs to check-in at Cactomania Central will get a free doggie Cactomania airbrush design courtesy of Puff and Fluff Grooming.

The History of Cactomaniacs 

Charles Mieg was a local developer, a member of the Garden and was so interested in cacti and other desert plants that his wife Lillian dubbed him a “Cactomaniac”. In 1950, Mieg founded a social group called the Cactomaniacs to encourage the use of desert plants in landscaping and to boost the hobby of cactus collecting in general. With 38 initial members, the group met once a month for a talk, went on field trips to study plants and volunteered at the Garden. Mieg continued to lead this group for more than 20 years.