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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:00 am

The Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society (TCSS) will hold a free Pima Prickly Park Celebration from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the park, 3500 W. River Road. 

The 9.4-acre Tucson public desert park highlights opuntias (prickly pear and cholla) and other genera. The Expo will feature tours, educational exhibits, succulent and rescued plant.  

Open from sunrise to sunset with trails, covered ramadas, it has benches to enjoy the view. Turn in at the Pima County Natural Resources sign and then take the first right into the parking lot. A highlight of the park is Saguarohenge, designed in the park as a sacred place to celebrate the ancient relationships between people and the Sonoran Desert through a pathway experience. An entrance garden to the park will be the focal point, which will be a multi-year undertaking. In time, mature plantings of the native Palo Verde tree with green bark and yellow blooms, native purple Santa Rita Prickly Pear cactus with yellow flowers, and cholla with red and many other flower colors will yield a sensational splash of color. 

The park is the dream of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, in a collaborative effort with Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, and other community organizations. Call 256-2447, for more information, or visit the website at www.tucsoncactus.org or www.pimaprickly park.

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