GARDENINGBOTANICAL GARDENS. Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Join TBG staffers Meg Quinn and Lynn Kaufman for Mt. Graham Wildflowers, an excursion to one of Arizona's premier sky-island localities. Wander in a lush meadow at 8,500 feet as you look for lady's tresses, harebells, fringed gentian, corn lily, and sneezeweed. Hike in a fir forest where you may see Mexican campion, mock pennyroyal, rattleshake plantain, and pussytoes. Transportation is provided. Bring lunch, water, hat, raingear, and good hiking shoes. Be prepared to hike about four to five miles. Drive time is three hours each way. Space is limited to 15, and pre-registration is required. Cost is $32, $28 for TBG members. Regular garden attractions include the "Birds and Gardening" tour at
9 a.m. Thursday mornings; and "Exploring the Tucson Botanical Gardens," a docent-led tour highlighting TBG history and plant trivia, designed to familiarize visitors with native flora. Regular admission to the gardens is $4, $3 for seniors, free for members and children under age 12. Throughout August, the gardens open at 7:30 a.m., with admission only $1 between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Call 326-9686 for information.
DOCENT TRAINING. The Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Applications are currently being accepted for a 10-week fall docent training class beginning September 18. Course includes basic botany, low-water-use landscaping, desert ecology, and other programs designed to train guides to conduct tours of the grounds, nursery and gift shop, as well as provide information about horticultural therapy and adult/youth education programs. A $35 fee covers cost of materials. Call 326-9686, ext. 17, for information.
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