In Memorium: Dr. Tony Burgess

Dr. Tony Burgess, a long-time member of the Tucson Chapter, passed away in January.  To learn more about his

life and his interests, visit our ‘In Memorium’ page.


Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2021-2022 will be conducted via Zoom.  We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  The meeting zoom will open at 6:45 pm to allow us to interact socially before the speaker begins.  Mailing list members will receive a Zoom link the Monday before the meeting.  If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend one of our meetings on Zoom, email us at NativePlantsTucson@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.  Videos of past meetings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tucson Chapter Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm via Zo



Presented by Fred Heath





For a list of credits and links to information about Botanical Art and Illustration, click HERE!

Recipes from December’s Deserts Libations Program –  CLICK HERE.


Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via e-mail, send a note to Lyn Loveless to be added to the list. Stay informed by joining us on Facebook.

Usually the most up-to-date information about upcoming chapter events can be found on our Facebook page.


Sonoran Desert Plants: Seasonal Flowering Schedules – Based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies


Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Lyn Loveless President lyndloveless@gmail.com
Jack Dash Vice President pjdash23@gmail.com
Jackie Taylor Treasurer jackieot@cox.net

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? We've got just the thing!

Cholla flower with visiting Diadasia

Do you like native plants?

Caring for agave and baby cacti? Consider volunteer opportunities at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery! Located at 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, the Pima County Native Plant Nursery grows native plants for public projects and is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, watering and propagation. The nursery is open Monday to Friday 7:00am to 3:30 pm. Email Amy for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.


Chapter News

Join us for a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Richard Felger

Posted on Mar 06, 2022

Richard Felger was a highly esteemed botanist and ethnobotanist of the Southwest and northern Mexico, author of many books and articles, and an active participant in the Arizona and the New Mexico Native Plant Societies.

A gathering to celebrate the memory of Richard Felger is planned for Saturday, April 16, 2022, 1-3pm in Tucson, Arizona. The celebration is being hosted by the Herbarium at the University of Arizona, and will be held in the patios surrounding the Herbarium at Herring Hall on the UofA Campus, 1130 E South Campus Dr.

RSVP to herbarium@cals.arizona.edu by 4/2.

For more information on Richard’s life and legacy, visit our “In Memoriam” page.

It’s here! The Spring Plant Sale at Desert Survivors in Tucson!

Posted on Mar 01, 2022

Saturday, March 5, 2022, is the beginning of our Spring Plant Sale with our Members Day!! Anyone is welcome to attend, but members get 20% off of all stock. Then on Tuesday (Mar 8th) through Saturday (Mar 12th), our general public sale happens with 10% off to all (and 20% off to members). We are open from 8am-4pm Tuesday through Friday, including on all sale days.

Please feel free to check out our spring newsletter on our website with more information about our featured plants:

We will be bringing a big selection of native plants out for the sale and hope that you can make it! We’ll preview a few of the specialty items later in the week in a post. Thanks for all of your support!

October field trip at the Amerind Foundation in Texas Canyon

Posted on Nov 03, 2021

Twenty avid plant seekers assembled at the Amerind Foundation, in Dragoon, AZ, on October 16 to enjoy a beautiful autumn morning and indulge in wonderful views of native plants and rock formations.  We found lots of fall yellow members of the Asteraceae (fondly known as DYCs, or “damn yellow composites”), as well as many other interesting species.  Our best finds were a wonderful finger-leaf gourd, Cucurbita digitata, draped over a large boulder, and the vegetative stems of Asclepia nummularia, tufted milkweed, looking like a couple of stray cabbage plants in the midst of the grasslands.  

A great time was had by all.


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