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Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Planting With a Purpose

Need more reasons to come to the Plant Sale this weekend? Learn (from our botany staff) why you should plant with a purpose. This year's Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs. The Members Only Preview sale starts tomorrow, September 23, at 6:30 a.m., with the public sale on Sunday, September 24. Pro tip? Arrive early to snag the best steals!  Plan for the Plant Sale!
Photo: Pablo Lopez
History Tastes Sweet

Do you want to enjoy a taste of history in your own backyard? Try planting the same fruit trees that Jesuit missionaries did many centuries ago! Some of the most unique plants featured at this year's Plant Sale are the heritage food plants. These include fig trees, pomegranate trees, grape vines, and more. The Desert Museum has been working to collect heritage plants since 2003 through the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project. You can buy your very own fruit tree this weekend.  Taste History!
Photo: ASDM/Liz Kemp
Our Newest Addition

We welcomed the first (official) day of fall by planting a 21-foot saguaro cactus this morning! Earlier this week, Sun Corridor Inc. sent Amazon this prickly plant to show Tucson's interest in housing Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon tweeted "unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," and donated the green giant to us! You can view the captivating cactus near our front entrance. You can also purchase your own saguaro at our Plant Sale this weekend.  See the Saguaro!

Photo: Elizabeth Severs
Calling All Photographers

We are looking for our new Facebook profile picture! Want a chance to win? E-mail us your best image. One submission per person. The contest will last for one week, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday (September 27). Our very own Art Institute staff will select the winner. All photos will be judged anonymously and judged on originality of photo, representation of the Desert Museum, and visual appeal. Can't wait to see your captures from this beautiful and special place!  Submit Today!

Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday

This bizarre bloom belongs to the popular and purple Passionfruit vine (Passiflora edulis). Not only is this decorative plant a perfect addition to your balcony or fence, it serves as a pollinator pad for butterflies and bees! You can also enjoy mouthwatering fruit starting in the summertime. These vines love to climb and can reach at least 8 feet across and just as high. You can purchase these pretty plants (and many others) at our Plant Sale this weekend.  Dig Deeper!  
Pictured: Sharon Solorzano
Volunteer Viernes

Are you enthusiastic about teaching youngsters the importance of conservation? Consider volunteering as a School Group Assistant! This is your chance to help shape the next generation of conservationists. Volunteers act as liaisons for school groups visiting the Museum on field trips. If you enjoy walking in a beautiful desert landscape and educating (and entertaining) children, this is the perfect volunteer position for you. We are looking for Tuesday and Friday volunteers.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Plant Sale (September 23 & 24)
  • Worldwide Photowalk (October 7) 
  • Coati Kids Club Members Meeting (October 7) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!  
 
September 22, 2017