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  • Welcome to Desert Survivors
    unique organization that combines a highly diverse native plant nursery with an employment program for adults with developmental disabilities Please come visit our retail plant nursery buy some high quality locally grown native plants and support a great community based

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  • Plant Nursery
    us a huge number of plants to grow and offer to our customers In fact over 600 species are native to the Tucson Mountains over 1 000 species are native to the Rincon Mountains over 1 250 species are native to the Santa Catalina Mountains and over 1 100 species are native to the Santa Rita Mountains And this is just the diversity found within 50 miles of the Nursery not to mention the rest of southern Arizona Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery also feels that is important to be as ecologically sensitive as possible and thus we employ organic gardening practices whenever possible We use only certified organic fertilizers herbicides and fungicides in the production and maintenance of the plants that we grow onsite We do not use chemical insecticides on our plants as many of our customers buy these primarily for pollinators and caterpillars By not using chemical pesticides we have observed that beneficial insects generally take care of any insect problems onsite Also insects are typically cyclical and they will only eat plants during a specific interval Often the damage caused by insects stimulates growth hormones in the plants to produce extremely healthy growth the following season these comments do not apply for Agave boring beetles Palo Verde root borers etc but give our basic philosophy of looking at insects as good Although it costs more money to buy these high quality organic supplements it is worth it for our staff employees the plants as well as the earth that we grow on Unfortunately due to the effects of long term drought and increasing temperatures we have noticed a significant increase in pestilence This has forced us to use limited chemical applications to address occasional specific issues The warmer winters that we have experienced over the past decade except for short intense cold snaps have allowed many insect populations to stay active for longer periods of time and breed at greater rates We also believe in maintaining mother plants on site and trying to maximize our ability to collect seed on site Although seeds can sometimes be purchased in bulk from quality individuals that provide a wonderful resource to our communities we view seeds from more of an ecological perspective In the wild seeds offer a necessary food source for insects and wildlife Making large seed collections of individual species can have an immediate local effect on wildlife which can result in localized fatalies associated with starvation We want to do our part and minimize taking valuable resources from our fragile and fragmented wild communities We are also huge fans of volcanic soil supplements and have been quite impressed with the results of using volcanic cinder in our soil mixtures Again spending a little extra money on quality soil supplements is well worth the results Volcanic supplements are rich in minerals and provide excellent drainage and aeriation This drainage has what has been key in our successful cultivation of many different native species Although we are not

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  • Plant Lists
    Lists Nursery Plant Lists Our Plant Database Updated Jan 2015 Native Grasses that we sell Native Trees that we sell Mission Heritage Fruit Tree Project Planning a Wildlife Pollinator or Specialty Garden Butterfly Larval Host Plants New Butterfly Nectar Plants New Moth Larval Host Plants New Desert Tortoise Plant List New Hummingbird Plant List New Plants that attract Birds New Plants with Fragrant Foliage New P lants with Fragrant Flowers

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  • Program Services
    guide and support each trainee in their group in order to get all the daily tasks completed to keep our native plant nursery running Tasks include weeding spreading gravel repotting plants mixing soil watering monitoring irrigation and any other task that is needed around our nursery The GSE hours are from 7 30am to 3pm Monday through Friday The trainees work begins at 8 30am and ends at 12 30pm Our trainees bring their lunch from home daily and are given water throughout the day to maintain hydration especially during the harsh summers Many of the work areas are shaded and time out in the direct sun is limited to decrease the risk of any medical problems We take into consideration any specific needs of individual trainees We are proud to be partnered with Pima County Parks and Recreation and currently have two landscape crews that maintain the Santa Cruz river park and adjacent river parkways A very special thanks goes out to the Stonewall Foundation for providing ongoing financial support for individuals with disabilities that have no other source of assistance These employees would not otherwise be able to work in competitive jobs but thanks to the Stonewall Foundation

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  • About Us
    having a job or purpose Our group supported employment program provides each individual an opportunity to learn what it means to have a job and be part of a work force Our goal is for each person to learn the skills they need to move into competitive employment positions in our community By 1983 the Desert Survivors human services program grew to include early intervention for children identified as having a developmental delay We partnered with families to demonstrate how best they could help their children meet their full developmental potential within their own home environment After thirty one years of serving families in southern Arizona Desert Survivors ended its children service early intervention program on November 28th 2014 due to funding cuts and revised state regulations We were proud to have worked with in need families across Pima County including the Tohono O odham Nation where our staff drove out to Sells and beyond on a weekly basis We hope to find innovative ways to continue to serve children in our community and are always here for families The plant nursery grew out of humble beginnings Originally we were only open three days a year for annual plant sales and offered a small selection of desert adapted plants When Peter Geirlach aka Petey Mesquitey joined the staff in the early 1990 s a strong new direction began for the nursery Peter brought his expertise of local plants along with a passion to offer unusual and lesser known native plants to the community Peter s vision brought Desert Survivor s plant nursery to a whole new level and we offered unusual local plants along with desert adapted plants from around the globe In 2004 the plant nursery went completely locally and regionally native and made the wise decision to no

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  • Events
    d Upcoming Plant Sales for 2016 Spring Plant Sale March 5th Saturday Members Sale March 8th Tuesday thru March 12th Saturday Public Members Some Featured Plants Dichelostemma capitatum subsp pauciflorum Desert hyacinth Ericameria cuneata var spathulata Cliff goldenbush more Monsoon Plant Sale July 9th Saturday Public Members Fall Plant Sale September 24th Saturday Members Sale September 27th Tuesday thru October 1st Saturday Public Members Everything is 10 off on our

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  • Photo Gallery
    Dark Tower Site Navigation Skip Home Plant Nursery Plant Lists Program Svcs About Us Events Photo Gallery Support Links Contact Us Photo Gallery Desert Survivors 2015 Back To Top

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  • Donate
    There are a total of 11 sale dates during the year a full week during the spring 5 days one day in July and a full week during the fall 5 days Your membership donation is also tax deductible as we are a 501 c3 non profit corporation Members get the first pick at spring and fall plant sale dates with a special members sale the first day of both of those sale weeks To become a member you can pay here via paypal or with credit credit Or you can mail us a check or call us and do it over the phone Members also get newsletters in the Spring and Fall and a postcard notification for our summer Monsoon sale End of the Year Working Poor Tax Credit Donation Another great way to support Desert Survivors is to make an end of the year donation to us as part of the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit Donation This enables an individual to make a 200 donation or a couple to make a 400 donation to the non profit of their choice and then are fully reimbursed by the state for this donation after they submit their state tax

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