Saguaros - iconic cacti of the Sonoran Desert - are often in the path of development, whether it be highways, shopping centers, or houses. Fortunately, the majestic plants are protected by state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances. As a result, many saguaros have been salvaged rather than destroyed. Judy's presentation will cover how to assess plant viability and transplantability during the inventory process. Recent research about salvaging and replanting saguaros will be reviewed. And Judy will offer guidance on placing saguaros and other cacti and succulents in the landscape, from both a horticultural and aesthetic perspective.
Judy Mielke is Senior Landscape Architect at Logan Simpson in Tempe, where she frequently conducts native plant inventories and prepares landscape restoration plans. Judy is author of the award-winning book "Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes." She is originally from eastern Washington, where she grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch. After receiving a degree in Horticulture from Washington State University, Judy came to Arizona to pursue her interest in cacti and succulents. She did a summer internship at Desert Botanical Garden and ended up staying on for nine years as a Horticulturist. Judy received her Masters of Environmental Planning from ASU and is a registered landscape architect in Arizona, Utah, and Washington State. She also is a Certified Arborist and a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner. Judy is an avid home gardener whose interests include wildflowers, cacti and succulents, plants for wildlife, and flowers for cutting.
This will be a presentation that everyone will enjoy. Please make plans to come and have fun making some new friends, talk with members and guests, check out our library and check out some books! You will truly want to enjoy the great refreshments. You have to also win some of the plants available in our raffle and finally, be sure to stay until the end of the meeting and get your free plant offered to you by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.