Scores flock to Tohono Chul Park to see night-blooming cereus cacti
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Tohono Chul Park last Wednesday held its annual Bloom Night, during which the park remained open until midnight so visitors could see the night-blooming cereus cactus unfurl its flowers. The mass bloom event at the park occurs only on one night each year.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer On the morning of the cereus bloom, the plants' bulbs appeared ready to burst.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer Eileen Smith smells one of the 81 blooming cacti at Tohono Chul Park on July 2 as Docent Dave Stout talks with Paul Tatum.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer A sphinx moth hung out under a ramada as nearly 1,000 people filed through the park. The moth pollinates the cacti's flowers.