KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 7/18/10, 10:30 AM, & KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 7/25/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Darlene Kryza, Communications Coordinator, and Jo Falls, Public Programs Director, Tohono Chul Park. Recognized as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, the park has been connecting nature, art and culture for 25 years.

Kryza says in the Park’s gardens you can see a flash flood irrigating the Sin Agua Garden. In spring, she says, wildflowers abound, and one might get ideas for home landscaping at the Desert Discovery Garden and Demonstration Gardens. She says kids can float their boat in the Children’s Garden.  She says for Schools the Park works to facilitate the integration of environmental education and life-science concepts into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. She says any tour can be customized to meet the specific needs of a group.

Falls talks about some of the summer activities at the Park, including the upcoming “Reptile Ramble,” at which visitors can “interact” with live snakes and learn about the reptiles indigenous to the Sonoran Desert.  She says the Park holds its “night bloom” each summer.  She says the Night-blooming Cereus looks like a dead stick most of the year, but between May and August it puts out beautiful, waxy, white blossoms that bloom for only one night. She says Tohono Chul Park has one of the largest collections in the world of these plants.

Kryza says the exhibition “Who Do You Think You Are” opens July 29.  It features the work of staff members and includes painting, photography and furniture.  She also mentions the Park’s restaurant, gift shop and other amenities.