Desert Show
Cactus close-up

Sponsored by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society

Step into a fascinating desert environment emphasizing the important role desert plants play in our lives. See cacti varieties in this unique show highlighted by plant collections not regularly displayed at the Garden.

Arid and semi-arid regions account for a third of the earth's surface and contain some of the world's most important hotspots of plant diversity. The plants that thrive in these regions show an array of fascinating adaptations to the harsh environments in which they grow. Plants of the arid regions exist at the extreme limits of tolerance of environmental conditions; therefore the slightest change to the environment can result in the loss of plant diversity, making them one of the most at-risk ecosystems in the world.
 
Building the Desert Show



See how the Desert Show is assembled.

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Plants of the 2014 Desert Show



Learn about the plant collections that make up the 2014 Desert Show.

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Behind the Scenes

Cape aloe plant in potSee how horticulture staff and volunteers created the arid landscape of this year's Desert Show.

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