Spend a virtual evening with Petey Mesquitey, vibrant storyteller and host of the radio show “Growing Native”. This free event is sponsored by the Wild Ones Front Range Chapter.
Here’s an overview that Petey provided for his talk:
In this presentation I’ll be showing photos of plants that grow in the borderlands of southeastern Arizona. The focus will be on upland species. I’ll talk about the plants in habitat, but also my experiences in growing these wild plants in a nursery situation.
You can’t gather native seed in habitat without encountering native wildlife species, so the plants I’ve grown over the years all have stories that go with them. I’ll share those stories and the stories I’ve learned from other sources, be it books or botanists or customers at the local farmers market and I promise to throw in a poem or two and I may even sing.
Petey Mesquitey was born in Kentucky and came west to attend the University of Arizona. In the spring of 1980, after some years of college and 10 years of playing country music in bars around the Southwest, he applied for a job as a laborer in a wholesale nursery. As he likes to say, 40 plus years on, “Doggone it, I’m still a laborer in a nursery!”
In May of 1992 he recorded and aired his first “Growing Native” radio show on KXCI-FM, a Tucson community radio station. Every week ever since, to this very day, he has regaled listeners with stories of the flora and fauna found in the wild borderlands of southeastern Arizona.
Petey and Ms. Mesquitey live on a small homestead near the Chiricahua Mountains with their dogs and cats and various other critters both domestic and wild.