Now more than ever, our world needs the environmental, economic and social well-being that plants provide. In Arizona and throughout the world, climate change, population growth and urbanization are distancing us from both the benefits of plants and our important roles as plant stewards.
Arizona has diverse geographic, environmental, cultural and historic roots. Supported by these deep, unique roots, Arizonans have embraced innovative conservation and sustainable practices. These innovations can help demonstrate, educate and inspire people in Arizona and around the world to expand the benefits of plants to communities and expand our role as plant stewards.
Since we need plants now more than ever, we’ve launched the First Annual Arizona Plant Festival virtually this year, so wherever you are you can visit exhibits that engage, empower and delight you. From June to October, 2020, we’ll add new exhibits to the virtual plant festival. On October 18, 2020—the date originally planned for the face-to-face festival—we will host a full schedule of special events that can be viewed from this website. All exhibits and recordings of special events will be maintained here through Fall 2021, so please come back often to learn and enjoy!
We hope to see you in person at the 2021 Arizona Plant Festival at the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson. Watch this website for updates!
This festival brings together scientists, practitioners, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizers, artists and visionaries from throughout Arizona to build community, expand collective knowledge and immerse ourselves in appreciating the plants in our lives. By participating (and returning often) you will:
How do plants grow, reproduce, adapt and evolve? Visit these exhibits to LEARN the latest plant science, research and data to deepen your understanding.
Visit GROW exhibits to learn best practices for designing, planting, watering and managing landscapes that thrive with minimal inputs.
Visit FIND exhibits to get help selecting plants from the thousands of species and cultivars available from Arizona nurseries or seed suppliers.
VISIT Arizona's botanical gardens, parks, nature preserves and other plant-centered destinations "virtually" on this website and through in-person trips.
Visit these exhibits to explore ways that plant-based foods, medicines and care products NOURISH our bodies and enrich personal and community well-being.
Our connections to plants inspire expressions both playful and deeply significant. See the CELEBRATE exhibits to appreciate plants in literary, visual and performing arts.