Location for Chapter Meetings

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2020-2021 will be conducted via Zoom.  We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month.  Check this website for zoom addresses to join our meetings.

Fall meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Coral Rock Canyon, Tumacacori Mountains, Arizona

Tucson Chapter Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

                  Regional Efforts for the Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Utilized Species

Presented by

Perin McNalis

Assistant Program Manager, Native Plant Materials Program, Borderlands Restoration Network

In 2019, with support from the USDA’s Agricultural Resource Service, the Borderlands Restoration Network began a collaborative project on crop wild relative conservation with independent researcher Erin Riordan and the USDA Forest Service. The central goal is to collect germplasm samples and herbarium vouchers of regional plant species that are closely related to crops of economic and cultural importance, as well as wild utilized plant species native to Southeastern Arizona, that may be under-represented in germplasm banks, herbaria, and ex-situ living collections. The work is focused on the Wild Chile Botanical Area in the Tumacacori Highlands.  Perin will highlight the unique botany of that area and discuss the importance of conservation of arid land adapted wild crop relatives for future food security in the face of climate change.

  Agave palmeri in flower in Coral Rock Canyon, Tumacacori Mountains

If you are interested in attending this meeting, send an email to nativeplantstucson@gmail.com to request the Zoom login credentials.


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Sonoran Desert Plants: Seasonal Flowering Schedules – Based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies

Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Lyn Loveless President lyndloveless@gmail.com
Jack Dash Vice President pjdash23@gmail.com
Jackie Taylor Treasurer jackieot@cox.net

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? We've got just the thing!

Do you like native plants?

Caring for agave and baby cacti? Consider volunteer opportunities at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery! Located at 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, the Pima County Native Plant Nursery grows native plants for public projects and is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, watering and propagation. The nursery is open Monday to Friday 7:00am to 3:30 pm. Email Andrew.Hatch@pima.gov for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.


Chapter News

Frank Rose “Retires”

Posted on Aug 03, 2019

The  plant walk in the Catalinas on Thursday, August 1, was a little different. Frank Rose, the long-time leader has decided to slow down, and to a lot of his friends and followers that means this was the last plant walk he will lead as a “regular”.  It was a cloudy and cool day, and botanizers saw a nice variety of blooms, including Thalictrum fendleri and Salvia arizonica. Lots of great food was eaten afterward.

Frank has been a singularly powerful  advocate for native plants.  Arizona Native Plant Society,  his friends, his fans, and his followers have all been extremely grateful for his powerful leadership in putting nature’s bounty at the forefront of our lives.

Frank, may all your future plant walks be as sweet.

Sabino Springs Homeowners Association: Walking the Walk on Invasive Grasses

Posted on Jul 27, 2019

The Conservation Task Force of the Sabino Springs HOA began consulting with Arizona National Golf Club in 2016 to determine the best ways to manage the invasive plants in their community and throughout the Golf Course. When the Sabino Springs HOA signed a lease to operate the Golf Course mid-2018, Dr. John Scheuring, Conservation Director of Arizona Native Plant Society, toured the course with Golf Course Superintendent Rick Darby to consult and advise an action plan to start control and eradication of a rapidly growing populations of buffelgrass and fountain grass. With all the needed Course improvements the recommended plan exceeded the scope of work that had already been scheduled on the Golf Course. The results are a textbook example of how to manage buffelgrass and fountain grass. Dr. Scheuring toured the Course again in June 2019 and was thoroughly pleased with the results of progress made by the Golf Course Maintenance Staff’s dedicated efforts. He noted “The results will become a best practice example to other Golf Courses and park areas throughout the Tucson Metropolitan area”.

Rick Darby,  Superintendent of Arizona National Golf Course

Agave chrysantha field trip, July 6

Posted on Jul 07, 2019

Thanks to Lyn’s eBlast announcement there were 12 people attending this twice-delayed tour, including two people from Phoenix !

There were only two stops : the limestone slope, loaded with Agave chrysantha, Tecoma, Calliandra, and Ocotillo; and Peppersauce Canyon campground, loaded with an impressive diversity of Arizona native trees and good examples of Ailanthus as well.

It turned out to be a huge learning experience for all and we were back in town by noon !

John Scheuring


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