The Sonoran desert conjures up images of stately saguaros and other members of the cactus family, but native palms may also be found occasionally under the right conditions.
The Desert Palm Oasis at Tohono Chul Park in Oro Valley is based on canyons along the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico, where rock fig and other species of plants and animals can also flourish thanks to natural springs and other sources of water.
Educators at Tohono Chul say the oasis is taking root after opening in the fall of 2013, and will continue to develop as the plants mature.
Visitors will be able to see three different types of palms in an accessible garden that also includes an artificial stream meant to look like the real thing.
The facility's scientists said the exhibit will help people appreciate the diversity of the Sonoran desert, which includes many cactus and agaves, trees, shrubs, flowers and even ferns.