Wednesday, April 18, 2012
FloraFEST Speaker April 27 with Native Plant Sale April 28 and 29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 April 2012
Museum Contact: John White, Curator
Dr. David Anderson to Speak at Annual Native Plant Sale, FloraFEST
El Paso, Texas – Area gardeners are awaiting the chance to purchase plants for desert landscaping naturally. FloraFEST, the annual plant sale, features hundreds of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert or plants that are desert adapted. Proceeds from the annual sale support the operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. This botanic collection, displaying some 700 different species and horticultural cultivars, is dedicated to the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert region. The collection represents the largest public assemblage of Chihuahuan desert plants in the world.
Guest speaker, Dr. David Anderson will be featured at this year’s FloraFEST Lecture Series. David Lee Anderson is Land Manager and botanist at White Sands Missile Range since 1990. He completed his PhD in Range Ecology in 1989 at New Mexico State University. Prior to that, he worked in Argentina as national coordinator of range research for 20 years. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho, Utah and New Mexico on and off between 1956 and 1963.
Dr. Anderson will speak on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7 pm in Room 116 of the Undergraduate Learning Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus. A reception will follow at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens located at the corner of University Ave. and Wiggins Rd. on the UTEP campus. The El Paso Native Plant Society, The West Texas Urban Forestry Council, and the Centennial Museum sponsor this event.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the Centennial Museum at 915-747-5565 or www.museum.utep.edu.