Desert Botanical Garden

Recently, scientists at the Desert Botanical Garden and Archaeology Southwest recently discovered a domesticated species of agave growing in ancient farm fields in southern Arizona’s San Pedro River Valley, called sanpedroensis, which has shed new light on the indigenous cultures of Arizona and how they subsisted in the inhospitable desert of the southern part of the state. This discovery has also helped the garden recover a crop on the brink of extinction.

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Damien Hernandez