Cactus and Succulent Garden Project

As part of the continuing revitalization and restoration of the Rogers Commons, students in the Gardening by Design and Intermediate Permaculture class created a cactus and succulent garden that is a showpiece of many rare or important indicator species of succulent plants endemic to the Sonoran Desert region. The garden was made possible by a generous grant from the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, and features species from all the major bioregions of the Sonoran Desert, as well as some native trees and grasses as accents. The garden is not only a beautiful design that reflects the principles of xeriscaping, permaculture, and Japanese design aesthetic, but it also functions as an outdoor laboratory, science classroom, and a stunning showpiece of the plant biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert.   As a grand finale, students planted an 8 foot saguaro rescued from a site at DMAFB.