Thu 19 Jul 2012
Written by Jeff
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Maintaining a collection of live plants in the middle of the desert is a challenge for the most experienced gardeners. Visitors are often surprised to find that many of the plants in the collection of the Dessert Botanical Garden come from deserts in distant lands and are not native to the Sonoran Desert.
Here are some fascinating statistics garnered from the 2011 Annual Report:
* 2011 attendance 438, 339
* Acres at Desert Botanical Garden – 145
* Acres Cultivated – 50 (Plenty of room for growth!)
* Total Accessioned Plants – 26,682
* Total Number of Species – 4,135
* Rare and Endangered Seed Collections – 409
* Rare and Endangered Plants – 965
* Total Herbarium Specimens – 70,000 (Wow!)
* Individual Volunteers – 1,040
* Total Hours Contributed – 77,532
* Full-time Staff – 78
* Part-time and Seasonal Staff – 108
ABOVE is an interesting picture of one of the Saguaro’s at the Desert Botanical Garden. The arm is fasciated or “crested.” This is an anomaly and the reasons for it are unknown, but being studied.
Gardening on the Moon, www.gardeningonthemoon.com, originally published this post