FREE AUTHOR EVENT
Jim Shepherd: A Walk in the Wallace Desert Garden
7PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Jim Shepherd
LOCATION: TEMPE




This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Tonight, author and Boyce Thompson Arboretum docent Jim Shepherd presents his book, A Walk In The Wallace Desert Garden: Discovering Desert Secrets. He'll talk about Sonoran Desert plants, plant relationships and adaptations, survival techniques, keystone versus indicator species, medicinal benefits, wildlife relationships, and more.


ABOUT THE BOOK

The iconic saguaro reaches for the sky. A prickly pear cactus produces delicious edible fruit. An agave sends up a 12-foot-high flower stalk to create future agaves. Chollas ‘jump’ onto a passing host using nature's perfectly engineered spines. Life-long naturalist, Boyce Thompson Arboretum docent, and author Jim Shepherd talks about Sonoran Desert plants, plant relationships/adaptations, survival techniques, keystone versus indicator species, medicinal benefits, and wildlife relationships. Shepherd’s book, A Walk In The Wallace Desert Garden - Discovering Desert Secrets profiles 48 arid land plants with full-color photos, from succulents to euphorbias to trees. It’s a great guide to the namesake Boyce Thompson Arboretum trail and a handy reference book on the Sonoran Desert and arid land plants.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Shepherd is a lifelong naturalist and has traveled the length and breadth of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. His passion for the Sonoran Desert translated into him being a senior docent of eight years leading general tours, med/ed tours, and children's field trips at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. Shepherd is also a circuit community speaker teaching about Sonoran Desert plants. He is a former staff writer and publications branch supervisor at Arizona Game and Fish.