Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Planting With a Purpose

Are you a purposeful planter? This year's Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs. We'll also highlight five special categories of plants that will help you create a beautiful (and purposeful) garden! The Members Only Preview sale starts on Saturday, September 23, at 6:30 a.m., with the public sale on Sunday, September 24. Pro tip? Arrive early to snag the best steals! 
Artwork: Priscilla Baldwin
Puma: Past and Present

Did you know the Desert Museum turned 65 this year? Our newest art exhibit, Puma: Past & Present, will showcase the Museum's most iconic animal - the mountain lion. Join us next Saturday, September 16, for the opening reception at the Ironwood Gallery from 3-5 p.m. View 64 spectacular juried artworks, mingle with artists, enjoy light refreshments, and experience many interactive activities. The exhibit will be open until December 25. Admire the Art!
Photo: Ray Goodwin
We Need Your Help! 

Last year we launched a symbolic adoption program to great success (thanks to you)! Currently, you can adopt Mexican gray wolves, Gila monsters, hummingbirds, or prairie dogs. Our question to you: What other animal or plant would you be interested in adopting? (It has to be at the Desert Museum). We can't wait to hear your input!  Please e-mail us your top picks!  Interested in adopting an animal now? Packages start as low as $35 and are good for an entire year.  Adopt Today!

Photo: ASDM/Mark Fleming
Flower Friday

Would you eat a fruit that looks as strange as these do? This plant, Papache (Randia echinocarpa), is a small tree native to Mexico. The fruits are round, deep green, and have wart-like bumps. As funny as these fruits look, they are 100% edible. According to some people, the flavor is similar to coffee! You can determine the ripeness of the fruits by shaking them. Their usefulness doesn't stop there. They also have various medicinal purposes.   Dig Deeper!  
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month, Jean Rosengren and Jaime Lombardo. Jean began volunteering in the Museum's library in 1996. Her positive attitude and helpfulness make her a joy to work with. Jaime has been an Aquatic Interpreter for the last two seasons. She is always willing to cover extra shifts and educate guests at Stingray Touch. We could not do what we do without them. Thank you for being such a great addition to the family.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Creating Backyard Habitat (September 9)
  • Puma: Past & Present Opening Reception (September 16) 
  • Plant Sale (September 23 & 24) 
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September 8, 2017