Saguaro Land: The desert in bloom

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 3:06pm
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 11:46am

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Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home.

The stories will examine the desert season by season, through music, art, literature, food, drink, flora and fauna — and maps, starting with a look at where exactly the Sonoran Desert is.

The Deseret is blooming at the Pima Dynamite Trailhead near Carefree.

Melanie Tluczek is the director of science and education for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Melanie Tluczek
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Melanie Tluczek is the director of science and education for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

It’s the very beginning of wildflower season here — and this year’s is expected to be a big one.

It’s been a bit of an odd year for wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert. From an onslaught of unexpected rain, to late-season freezes, to a few, brief spikes into the 80s. The Show hit the trail with Tluczek to talk about desert wildflowers.

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