Chile is the world's longest, narrowest country. Located on the west coast of South America, Chile spans climates from sub-Antarctic glaciers and temperate rainforests in the far south to the driest region on earth, the Atacama Desert, in the far north. The physical isolation of the ecosystems of Chile from both the rest of South America and the world by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains has led numerous unique species to evolve over time. Along almost all of its 2800 mile length, fascinating succulents and many other types of plants can be found. Join us for this presentation exploring some of the wonders to be seen in this beautiful and diverse nation.
Jan Emming has been a member of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society for 17 years, joining shortly after he moved to Arizona in 1999. That was the year he purchased a large, off-grid 40 acre parcel of land in the scenic and biologically diverse Hualapai Mountains south of Kingman, Arizona, where the Sonoran Desert merges with the Mojave Desert. This ecological conjuncti on brings together both saguaro cacti and Joshua trees, alongside a whole range of other species. Since then he’s been working on accumulating a large horticultural collection of plants grown outdoors in the ground, mainly succulents but also other xerically-adapted trees, shrubs, and bulbs. Desert Sense Nursery at Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens offers tours and plant sales by appointment. Jan assures people that the detour off of the main roads is worthwhile if they happen to be in the area!
Great monsoon weather welcomes our friend Jan Emming back to Tucson. Be sure to see this journey by Jan into the plant habitats of Chile. Take home an excellent raffle plant, join in on the most interesting conversations, enjoy lots of great refreshments and get your free plant offered to everyone by the club.