Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  We are now having “hybrid” meetings, both  in person and also aired on Zoom.  The live meetings will be in Room S107 of the ENR2 (Environment and Natural Resources 2) building at the University of Arizona, located on 6th street near Park.  If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend one of our meetings on Zoom, email us at [email protected] to request the Zoom link.  Videos of past meetings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tucson Chapter Meeting March 9, 2023

The Landscape Architect and

the Native Plant.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Presented by Jennifer Patton and Ben Wilder

Wilder Landscape Architects


Thursday, March 9, 2023

7:00 pm at the University of Arizona ENR2, room S107.  Also on zoom.

For the zoom link, email [email protected]

We all know how important it is to promote native plant species, not just in wild landscapes but in our own urban environments and backyards.  Native plants offer a huge palate of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures that can make urban spaces not only welcoming and beautiful, but also ecologically important.  Jennifer and Ben of Wilder Landscape Architects will take you backstage to learn how they subversively integrate native plants and wildlife habitat into every project they do.


Jennifer and Ben founded Wilder Landscape Architects in 2016 to focus on projects that benefit both nature and people.

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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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Usually the most up-to-date information about upcoming chapter events can be found on our Facebook page.


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 [email protected]
Jack Dash Vice President [email protected]
Andrew Gourevitch Treasurer [email protected]

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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