View “Saguarohenge” at grand opening of Pima Prickly Parkby Carolyn Classen on Sep. 20, 2012, under Health, Life
Finally an event for your cacti lovers out there. From Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society (tucsoncactus.org) website about Pima Prickly Park:
A nine acre desert park to highlight opuntias (prickly pear and cholla)and many other genera. This is a public park open from sunrise to sunset for the enjoyment by all. It is under construction and will take many years to implement all the gardens and features planned.
Prickly pears and their relatives are an important economic plants which are used for food by humans, many animals and host insect species (cochineal), are landscape plants and help prevent soil erosion, medicinal and cosmetic purpose and more.
The park is located at 3500 W. River Road. Turn in at the Pima County Natural Resources sign and then take the first right into the parking lot. The park is southeast of this parking lot.
A highlight of the park is Saguarohenge, designed in the park as a sacred place to celebrate the ancient relationships between people and the Sonoran Desert through a pathway experience. An entrance garden to the park will be the focal point, which will be a multi-year undertaking. In time, mature plantings of the native Palo Verde tree with green bark and yellow blooms, native purple Santa Rita Prickly Pear cactus with yellow flowers, and cholla with red and many other flower colors will yield a sensational splash of color. An Agave Garden is also planned across from Saguarohenge. Educational facilities, demonstration, research, and a Hummingbird garden are planned. The park is the dream of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, in a collaborative effort, it with Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, and other community organizations. There will be festivities to include and music as well as more than 20 exhibitors. Displays inside and outside the Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation buildings will include exhibits such about the desert, desert plants and desert animals.
The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society will hold a plant sale from 10 a.m. – noon Sat., Sept. 22 at Pima Prickly Park, 3500 W. River Rd. The event will take place at the opening of the park and will feature Saguaros up to 40 inches high, large Ocotillo, Golden Hedgehogs, Barrels and Mammalaria. For more information, call (520) 256-2447 or www.tucsoncactus.org.
Just had some prickly pear ice cream at A.i. Bistro in the Art Institute of Tucson (click here for review of restaurant), so I can appreciate prickly pear cacti more now. They were plentiful on the dry side of the Hawaiian island I grew up on, but we called them “panini”.