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What more recognizable icon of the desert southwest is there than the majestic saguaro? A human-shaped sentinel standing watch for decades, if not centuries, it is the emblem of the Sonoran Desert. The largest and tallest cactus in the U.S., it is both familiar and mysterious, an object of fascination and curiosity. Authors David Yetman, Alberto Búrquez, Kevin Hultine and Michael Sanderson have crafted a complete natural history of this iconic plant from its biology and role in the ecology of the desert to its sacred place in Indigenous culture. These essays bear witness to our ongoing fascination from its “discovery” by early explorers to its anatomy to its role in human society. Join us for an afternoon with Dr. David Yetman, research social scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona and well-known host of the PBS series “In the Americas with David Yetman,” as he shares some of the many saguaro insights to be found in The Saguaro Cactus: A Natural History. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Free with admission