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Engard, Rodney G.

Rodney G. Engard (1948-1990) received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Arizona State University in 1970. He was initially employed during his studies by the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona as a student horticulturist and went on to hold various positions there that led to his assuming the Directorship of the DBG in 1976. In 1980, he returned to ASU for work on his Masters, and in 1983, he moved to Tucson to become the first Director of Tucson Botanical Garden, where he provided the vision of what the TBG could be and has become. The Cactus and Succulent Garden at TBG is named in his honor.

Rodney was very active in the forming of Arizona Native Plant Society, Native Seeds/SEARCH, and Desert Survivors, and was a strong advocate for protection of the Cabeza Prieta and Tinajas Altas wilderness areas. He contributed extensively to the DBG herbarium collection from his field work in the southwestern deserts of Arizona and little-known areas throughout Mexico. And at both DBG and TBG, he implemented the first luminaria events, plant sales, children's activities, education departments, and docent programs, and he nurtured the creation of a sensory garden for the sight and hearing impaired.

With humor and patience he shared his discovery of not just the native plants in our desert, but the land itself, the people, the history, and the cultures that are all part of the whole.

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Abronia villosaDesert Sand Verbena
Desert Sand-verbena
Desert Sandverbena
Amoreuxia palmatifidaMexican Yellowshow
Castilleja angustifolia var. dubiaShowy Northwestern Indian-paintbrush
Desert Paintbrush
Calochortus kennedyiDesert Mariposa Lily
Desert Mariposa
Red Mariposa-lily
Flame Mariposa
Castilleja lanataSierra Woolly Indian Paintbrush
Woolly Paintbrush
Commelina erectaDayflower
Widow's Tears
White-mouth Dayflower
Whitemouth Dayflower
Epilobium canum ssp. angustifoliumHummingbird Trumpet
California Fuchsia
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicanaMexican Gold Poppy
California Poppy
Glandularia bipinnatifida var. ciliataDavis Mountains Mock Vervain
Dakota Mock Vervain
Wright's Verbena
Glandularia bipinnatifida var. ciliataDavis Mountains Mock Vervain
Dakota Mock Vervain
Wright's Verbena
Hibiscus coulteriDesert Rosemallow
Desert Rose-mallow
Coulter Hibiscus
Mandevilla brachysiphonHuachuca Mountain Rocktrumpet
Monoptilon bellioidesMojave Desertstar
Bristly Desertstar
Desert Star
Oenothera primiverisDesert Evening-primrose
Yellow-flower Desert Evening-primrose
Bottle Evening-primrose
Large Yellow Desert Primrose
Opuntia basilarisBeavertail Prickly Pear
Beavertail Pricklypear
Beavertail Cactus
Phlox austromontanaMountain Phlox
Pholisma sonoraeSandfood
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