Author Archives: Scott Calhoun

Prickly Pear

One August afternoon in 1996, my wife and I discovered that the several acres of Engelmann’s prickly pear (Opuntia engelmannii) growing neglected in a vacant lot behind our Tucson, Arizona, home were loaded with ripe fruit, known as tunas in Spanish.

Southwest: Garden Shrines

When I think about what defines Southwest style in our gardens, I usually think about succulent plants with bold shapes, seasonal wildflowers, or rocky arroyos, but lately I’ve had my mind on a more mysterious garden element: the shrine.