Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2021-2022 will be conducted via Zoom.  We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  The meeting zoom will open at 6:45 pm to allow us to interact socially before the speaker begins.  Mailing list members will receive a Zoom link the Monday before the meeting.  If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend one of our meetings on Zoom, email us at NativePlantsTucson@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.  Videos of past meetings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tucson Chapter Meeting


Following the Footsteps of a Forgotten Botanist


May 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Sara Plummer Lemmon (1836-1923), American Botanist. From the University and Jepson Herbarium Archives.

Wynne Brown’s book is published by the University of Nebraska Press.

This program is a visual journey through the life and work of Sara Plummer Lemmon, for whom our beloved  Mount Lemmon is named.  Wynne Brown is the author of The Forgotten Botanist, Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art. Here is an opportunity to get behind the scenes and experience photographs, art work and other details that are not included in this wonderful book. Some of the artwork was too damaged to be reproduced for the book and we’ll learn about nuts and bolts of the preservation process, and also about some the plants that are named for Sarah. Wynne will also read a short selection from the book and share with us details of her research journey.




To request the zoom link for this presentation, write to nativeplantstucson@gmail.com.

Wynne Brown is an independent scholar, editor, poet, and graphic designer.

About our speaker:    Wynne Brown is a freelance writer/editor/graphic designer based here in Tucson.  She is the author of several books, the most recent of which is The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, published last November by University of Nebraska Press.  The book has won the 2022 Spur Award for Best Western Biography and was a 2022 Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick. Wynne has spent the last three months (February – April) as Writer in Residence for the Pima County Public Library.

Aquilegia chrysantha, Golden Columbine, on Mount Lemmon.

The view from the top of Mount Lemmon toward  the Rincons to the southeast, in 2021.
















For a list of credits and links to information about Botanical Art and Illustration, click HERE!

Recipes from December 2020 Deserts Libations Program –  CLICK HERE.


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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 nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Jack Dash Vice President nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Andrew Gouvevitch Treasurer nativeplantstucson@gmail.com

Volunteering Opportunities

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

Cholla flower with visiting Diadasia

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 Amy for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.


Chapter News

Estelle Stern-Eilers is a Ben’s Bells Bellee

Posted on Apr 13, 2022

Howard Weiss nominated Estelle for her work in the Rillito Bend neighborhood in Tucson and in April 2022 Estelle was awarded a Ben’s Bell.

Congratulations, Estelle!

Estelle Stern-Eilers has been the catalyst for improving and beautifying the Rillito Bend neighborhood in Tucson. Through her leadership and example she has identified streetscape projects along Cactus Boulevard that have resulted in the planting of hundreds of plants and trees. Her efforts have turned a once-barren street into a flowering desert landscape. She has organized neighborhood residents who have contributed hundreds of hours of their time to make a neighborhood beautiful while providing habitat for native species of plants, animals, birds and insects.

Our neighborhood and Tucson are better because of Estelle.

October field trip at the Amerind Foundation in Texas Canyon

Posted on Nov 03, 2021

Twenty avid plant seekers assembled at the Amerind Foundation, in Dragoon, AZ, on October 16 to enjoy a beautiful autumn morning and indulge in wonderful views of native plants and rock formations.  We found lots of fall yellow members of the Asteraceae (fondly known as DYCs, or “damn yellow composites”), as well as many other interesting species.  Our best finds were a wonderful finger-leaf gourd, Cucurbita digitata, draped over a large boulder, and the vegetative stems of Asclepia nummularia, tufted milkweed, looking like a couple of stray cabbage plants in the midst of the grasslands.  

A great time was had by all.

Sara Plummer Lemmon – for whom Mount Lemmon is named – is finally getting her due!

Posted on Nov 03, 2021

On November 1, 2021, Wynne Brown’s new book The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, was officially released by the University of Nebraska Press.  Some of you may remember Wynne’s wonderful presentation to the Tucson chapter of AZNPS about 3 years ago, back when we were still meeting at Ward 6 offices.  After 6 years of Wynne’s energy, effort, and dedication, her account of one of Arizona’s remarkable women is now available for your reading pleasure. 

Here is a link to an AZPM story about Wynne and her research, from 2019.  


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