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Pima Prickly Park

For directions to Pima Prickly Park, click here

Prickly pears and their relatives are an important economic plants which are used for food by humans and many animals and insect species, landscape material for the southwestern environment, medicinal and cosmetic purpose and more.

Brief description:
A several acre facility to highlight opuntias and related genera. This is a public demonstration garden, a research garden, an educational facility, a Hummingbird garden, and a small nursery facility. 

Click here for the December 2010 proposal document that started it all.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Hummingbird Garden in Pima Prickly Park.

Land is leased from local, state or the federal government at a very nominal cost. No additional taxpayer support is required and funds for development come from grants, gifts, the TCSS and other supportive organizations. The facility supports the introduction and care of all forms of this group of plants including many hybrids. It supports hybridization of this group to fill the needs of a diverse group of constituents.

Events to support this include the following types:
• Blooming open house
• Fruit tasting and selection
• Chefs and food preparation event
• Landscape demonstration event
• Plant sales

• Educational displays demonstration area
• Botanical garden planting
• Nursery growing area
• Introduction area
• Visitor Ramada
• Gift shop, restrooms etc

Source of Material:
  • Cactus Rescue. On the left you can see the TCSS Cactus Rescue crew at work at a cactus rescue, digging a Santa Rita with a beautiful compact form for the entrance garden at Pima Prickly Park
  • TCSS and other Society Donations
  • Nurseries and Landscapers.
  • Purchased specimens

Related activities:
• Web and email site
• Online publishing

Pima Prickly Park in the news:
Article and video about Pima Prickly Park with an interview of our President Dick Wiedhopf.
Article about Pima Prickly Park Workday.
• Pima Prickly Park in the news again.
• Pima Prickly Park in the news and in the news again.

Tucson is a great environment to have this dedicated facility.