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

Tucson Chapter PICNIC and PLANT RAMBLE! Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 am

Posted on Sep 02, 2021

After a long period of virtual-only meetings, let’s have an outdoor get-together!  Join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021, for a “bring your own everything” picnic and plant ramble at 11:00 am at the Molino Basin Campground and picnic area about 6 miles up on the Catalina Highway in the Coronado National Forest.  We can meet and chat in the relative safety of the outdoors, and after lunch, several members will lead short plant walks in the vicinity. 

In the spirit of COVID, we will provide exactly NOTHING.  You will need to bring your own lunch, beverage, and chair or stool or blanket. Bring a hat, water, sunglasses and sunscreen, and anything else you will need. Depending on the size of the group, we may cluster around a picnic table or two, or we may just gather near the parking lot.  But for those of us who are vaccinated and feel comfortable with such a gathering, we hope to see you there. We are especially looking forward to meeting any new members of our chapter who have not yet been able to attend any events in person! However, please be prepared to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Dr. Michael Crimmins discussing drought and climate change in Arizona

Posted on Jul 13, 2021

This was from the May meeting of the Tucson Chapter.


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