Friday, June 12, 2015

It's Bloom Night (Get Excited)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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"BREAKING NEWS," I was told when I answered the phone. "It's Bloom Night."

If you're familiar with Tohono Chul's Bloom Night, you're already excited. Here's the deal: every year, Tohono Chul (7366 N Paseo Del Norte) keeps careful watch over their plants. When it's time for the peniocereus greggii (you might know her as the "Queen of the Night"—a hefty and well earned title, I assure you) to bloom, well, everything else stops.

Those of us who grew up in the Arizona desert can tell you: This is a big deal. These plants bloom for a few hours every year. That is not a typo—they bloom for a few hours every year.  

Stop by this after hours event for $5—or for free, if you're the fancy membership type. 

Here's the press release in it's entirety: 

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Bloom Night is Tonight Friday, June 12
6 p.m. to Midnight
Members Free
General Public $5
Children 12 & under Free

Please join us Tonight for Bloom Night and enjoy one of nature's most unique events. During Bloom Night you can enjoy the blooms of the peniocereus greggii, enjoy dinner in the Garden Bistro, snack on Sonoran hotdogs, desserts, prickly pear lemonade and libations from the Mobile Bistro and listen to special presentations (presentations at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)

Remember to:
Bring a flashlight
Wear Closed Toed Shoes
Bring your Membership Card for easy admittance

The Morning After for Members Only
6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The gardens open early the following morning for members to enjoy the last hours of the blooms before the sun starts to wilt their petals. Remember to bring your membership card for free admittance. 

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