Desert Plants Lead to Lifelong Passion

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The El Paso Cactus and Rock Club is turning 80 years old.

The club has more than 60 members and meets the first Saturday of every month.

Peter Beste walked NewsChannel 9 through his backyard.

“They’re so stunning,” Beste said, referrting to the cactus found in the Borderland.  “Really nice colors, nice forms, natural forms, the way nature sculpted them.”

Beste said most people only know cacti in the desert. He says in our area, April is probably the best time to catch the cacti in bloom. “That’s when they really shine.”

He also explained that the club rescues plants in the desert.

“If someone builds something out in the desert, some people call us and we go out there and take the plants out.”

On November 4th, the club is planning an event to celebrate their 80th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the group, click here

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