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  Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Monthly Meeting

Thursday March 1, 2012 at 7 pm

"The Beautiful, Prickly History of The University of Arizona"

Presented by Tanya Quist

The University of Arizona is the oldest, continually-maintained, public green space in the state. It is home to almost 8000 trees and many shrubs, cacti and succulents from arid regions throughout the world. The collection has evolved through the combined efforts of researchers, instructors, staff and public contributions and advocacy over the UA's more than 125 year history. The landscape features a spectacular array of mature desert-adapted plants but also highlights the diversity of life possible in the desert through the many microclimates a campus provides. To preserve and enhance cultural and historical preservation, and to ensure continued ongoing sustainability research and education, the Campus Arboretum was established. In 2002, the campus was officially dedicated and accepted as a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Although few cactus are yet to be included in the inventory, the Campus Arboretum owes its beginnings to these prickly friends. These include the original cactus interpretive garden west of old main (ca 1900) and the centerpiece of the once expansive cactus garden east of Old Main, now known as the Joseph Wood Krutch garden. The UA Campus Arboretum continues to preserve historical and culturally significant specimens and is committed to research and educational programs promoting conservation and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Tanya M. Quist earned a PhD from Purdue University Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture in the Center for Environmental Stress Physiology and two additional degrees in Horticulture Science and Landscape Management. She teaches courses in Sustainable Landscape Management and Plant Propagation at the UA in the School of Plant Sciences and serves as the Director of the UA Campus Arboretum through Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This will be an excellent program to attend so please join us for a historical and prickly view of the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden at the University of Arizona. Ask questions, visit with friends, enjoy some great food have a excellent evening and always stay to get a free plant.

Free Plant Giveaway


March Refreshments

Those with family names beginning with C, D, E, F, G, H,
and I
please bring your choice of refreshments to
the meeting. Your generous sharing will be greatly
appreciated and enjoyed!

Meeting Schedule

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  TCSS reserves the right to change dates and/or program should it be necessary.