Residents in Southern Arizona who love native plants and their drought-tolerant cousins are finding many like-minded people in the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society..

Since it was founded in 1960, the group has grown rapidly in membership and activities, and continues to gain ground in the region.

In addition to education, conferences and field trips, members are also proud of their rescue efforts that began officially in 1999.

Volunteers are working with developers and the state of Arizona to harvest plants in areas that are slated for construction, and members say more than 70,000 plants have been saved.

The rescues are planted in residential or commercial gardens, parks or other destinations.

The organization is holding its biennial plant conference, Sonoran X, on April 19 and 20 in Tucson at the Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort.

Sonoran Plant Conference