The Library Friends of Payson welcome Cameron Mower, Gila Community College assistant professor of biology, to the group’s Jan. 21 meeting. He will give a presentation on native plants of Arizona.

Mower recently moved to Payson and is an enthusiastic instructor of popular classes on birds and plants of Arizona.

Arizona has diverse climates and altitudes, so it has a wide variety of native plants.

Almost 4,000 species of native plants are found in Arizona, a number that is matched in few other areas of the U.S.

The desert is second only to the rainforest in the diversity of flora and fauna.

Mower will share photos of native plants and describe their adaptations for a dry climate. Native plants are great for gardens as they save water and nurture native wildlife.

The Library Friends of Payson presentation, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one-hour program.

For more information, call the library at 928-474-9260.

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