Born in Tucson, I have been a Sonoran Desert devotee my entire life. I attended the University of Arizona where I received my BS in Plant Science. This is also where I met my husband to be Gene Joseph.
While in College my interest in Sonoran Desert Native plants as well as cacti and succulents began to develop. Perhaps one of my most memorable college plant moments was when Gene and I traveled to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to meet Drs Frank and Carol Crosswhite.
Gene and I were members of the U of A Hort club. Feeling that the club should have a cactus collection but as you would imagine no money, it was suggested by our advisor Dr. Lemoyne Hogan, that we go to the Arboretum and ask the Crosswhite’s for plants to start the collection. Meeting the Crosswhite’s was an experience on its own but then they sent us home with my VW bug loaded to the gills with cactus. I remember still to this day riding home with cactus under my feet, all around me and in my lap!
After a year out of College working for the University Extension Service, I launched myself into self-employment on the corner of Stone and Blacklidge where I have worked for the last 38 years.
When I purchased the property in 1978 there was a flower shop and 2 greenhouses. For the next 12 years I ran the flower shop to pay the mortgage, always with my eye on the greenhouses and a way out of the flower business.
In 1986 Gene needed a place to start his nursery business and I had the perfect piece of property. The nursery, Plants for the Southwest, was born and the 2 greenhouses turned into 8! In 1987 we were able to purchase the Lithops collection of Ed Storms from his recently widowed wife Ruth and Living Stones Nursery was started.
In 1988 Gene and I married and you could say I came with a dowry:)
Finally in 1990 I was able to sell my flower shop accounts and move outside to the nursery. My working dream finally came to fruition.
The rest as they say is history or perhaps more correctly herstory!
Please be sure to come and enjoy a really special program that everyone will be sure to enjoy. Also, win a raffle plant or door prize, and pick up a free plant provided by the club then you depart the evening.