Desert Botanical Garden
Spaces of Opportunity is an 18-acre parcel of land in south Phoenix that is being converted into a community-based farm. Through a partnership with Desert Botanical Garden, St. Luke’s Health Initiative, the Roosevelt School District and Cultivate South Phoenix (CUSP), this urban agriculture initiative will transform a food desert to a food oasis
In 1966, Desert Botanical Garden started a seed bank, motivated by conservation, which is one of the pillars of the Garden’s mission. This seed bank, containing more than 4,000 accessioned seeds, has allowed the Garden to conserve plants by banking their seeds.
At a volunteer recognition event in April, the “Name Game” was presented to volunteers. With a description of the plant and guidelines in place, volunteers were asked to submit potential plant names over the following months.
In October 2015, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the Red List of Threatened Species. Cacti are now ranked as the fifth most threatened group of living things in the world.
Monarch butterflies are spotted in Arizona between October and April. While monarchs are not in Arizona year round, the state is in the migration path for both the western and eastern populations of monarch butterflies. Annually, these iconic insects set out on a great journey to either California or Mexico.
Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum, requiring equal parts living plants and aesthetically pleasing displays. With beauty and plant health at the forefront of our day-to-day operations, maintenance is a full-time job for the Horticulture department and their nearly 100 volunteers.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the new Desert Botanical Garden Blog. Creating a blog has been a recurring idea for years. We are thrilled it has come to fruition.