Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

Our chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  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 at 7:00 pm.  Mailing list members will receive a Zoom link the week 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

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

Botany on Paper: Much More than Just a Pretty Picture

Presented by

Melanie Campbell-Carter and Sue Hildreth

Join botanical artists Sue Hildreth and Melanie Campbell-Carter to explore the intersection of art and science in Botany.  Have you ever wondered about botanical representation and why it might be relevant to you?  Neuroscience provides some answers. We’ll learn about several collaborative botany projects in Tucson. We’ll also honor and review selected local botanical artists, past and present.


Melanie Campbell-Carter

After retiring from the practice of family medicine in Texas, Melanie Campbell-Carter joyfully discovered an aptitude, and a passion, for botanical art.  Commencing her study of botanical art in 2014, her works have since been exhibited internationally, and are held in several distinguished public and private collections.  She moved to Tucson in 2017, when she joined AZNPS to learn about local flora and meet fellow plant enthusiasts.  Today she serves as co-coordinator of the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park Plant Survey with Suzie Husband.

Sue Hildreth

Sue Hildreth likes to paint glamour shots of native flowers,native plants and desert birds. She finds it amazing that our native plants have learned to live in the desert.  She is a member of Artists for Conservation and the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild.  Sue has been a long term member of AZNPS and is the designer of our T Shirt.  She is also an active docent at Tohono Chul and TCSS member.


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

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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