Steve Harris,

Academy Village Resident

Friday, February 28, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Ferocactus wislizeni—Fishhook Barrel Cactus in flower (Steve Harris)

In this second in a series of three spring talks on our local flora sponsored by the Open Spaces and Trails Committee, Steve Harris focuses on our cacti. Steve has followed his passion for cacti and succulents to the Arizona desert after a career at the Naval base in San Diego, where his wife Kathy also worked. They have been long-time members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, and have studied the plants extensively as an avocation.  Steve will focus on species native to our area, with an overview of the special adaptations of these plants that enable them to thrive in an arid environment.

Opuntia englemanni–Native Prickly Pear

A native of Spokane, Wash., Steve was intrigued to learn as a student there that there were cactus species native to eastern Washington. That surprising revelation was enough to spark a lifelong interest in these extraordinary survivors. We will have the benefit of that interest at his talk on “Cacti,” reprising one first given in the summer of 2016.

Written by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer 

 

Feb 28: Cacti of Academy Village and Environs. Note special day and time!