Two-Day Workshop Focuses on New Mexico's Bizarre Succulents
Register for the Cactus Workshop hosted by the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) on May 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. This two-day workshop will be held in the Botanic Garden Education Building on May 19 and at Mesa Garden in Belen on May 20.
Amateur botanists, gardeners, teachers, conservationists and plant enthusiasts will learn about native New Mexico cacti in this unique seminar. In addition to understanding cactus adaptations and diversity, workshop members will enjoy professionally-led tours of the Botanic Garden and the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Botanic Garden Associate Curator Dave Ferguson and Mesa Garden's Steve Brack lead this fascinating two-day event.
"Blooming cacti characterize hot, dry New Mexico summers," said Kathryn Venzor, BioPark Education Curator. "This workshop provides great information on succulents and shows people how easy it is to grow and maintain these peculiar plants."
Participants will learn about morphology, terminology and the ecological importance of cacti indigenous to New Mexico. Botanists demonstrate how to grow your own cactus from seed, and guided tours give you an opportunity to identify various species. Come discover how these hardy plants thrive in arid ecosystems. Prickly-pear lovers are encouraged to participate.
Native Plant Society members pay $80 for the workshop, and nonmembers pay $105, which includes a one-year membership to NPSNM. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Reserve your spot online with NPSNM. For additional information, please contact BioPark Education at 505-848-7180.