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Tucson is under an excessive heat warning all weekend which makes getting out of the house tricky. We have five ideas that involve either: bei…

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Learn why some saguaros grow in "clusters" of plants just inches apart.

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Some cacti are showing flowers about a month earlier than usual.

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Saguaro National Park west showing off some good color.

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It might be cool, but some beautiful colors are there for viewing.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

The Great Depression halted or hindered production of area mines.

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Barrel cacti are amazing — even if they're not on par with saguaros.

Caring for elephants is an enormous task — but Nandi makes it sweeter. 

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  • By Elena Acoba Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Mineral dealer only sees his Tucson garden once a year.

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It's a good way to stave off summer "brain drain." 

The mayor's office is bringing together a committee of local farmers and food advocates to address issues of food security in our community. 

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This year's palo verde bloom is "nothing short of spectacular," expert says.

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A saguaro at Saguaro National Park is tilting at an extreme angle.

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Cacti — from chollas and hedgehogs to even some saguaros — are blooming now.

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  • By Rosie Romero Special to the Arizona Daily Star

FrogTape is designed to prevent the bleeding problem in interior painting jobs with latex paint.

It's still winter, but wildflowers are acting like it's spring.

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Wildflower experts: Recipe is right for a good wildflower season.

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Mountains near Nogales are home to a population of reintroduced native frogs.

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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wins a high ranking from travelers.

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Desert hillsides are green and dotted with a few wildflowers following rains.