John_Rhodes_star_cropHow would you like to grow your own saguaro from seed? It might not take as long as you think.

John Rhodes, who will be speaking at the Arizona Senior Academy at 3:30 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 3), has been planting, growing and teaching about saguaros since 1976, and some of his first babies are now growing arms. (Funny that we call them arms instead of limbs. We must identify with them.)

Rhodes’ presentation will show the life cycle of saguaros, their importance to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, how people use them and how to grow them. Following will be a short workshop with saguaro planting and fruit tasting.

Rhodes worked on a ranch in his youth before beginning his career as a teacher. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Arizona, and taught biology and photography in the Tucson Unified School District for 30 years. He was the curator of the Tucson Botanical Gardens Butterfly Magic exhibit from its inception until his recent retirement.

He has done educational programs for the Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute and is a regular lecturer at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, as well as conducting his own arthropod show titled “Bugging Out.”

How long does it take to grow a saguaro from a seed? Rhodes will tell you at the lecture.

Submitted by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Want to Grow a Saguaro? Expert Explains How: Oct. 2013
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