Red Trailer Farm & Cactus Car

Aug 02-06

  • Hours7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

Red Trailer Farm & Cactus Car

Experience a whole new kind of 'vegetable garden' at TBG!

The Red Trailer Farm
This former World War II ammunitions trailer is now equipped with grow-lights and utilizes straw bale gardening techniques. Straw bale gardening uses the bales themselves as both garden bed and growing medium, resulting in an affordable method of growing organic vegetables. This exhibit is an opportunity to show people that fresh produce can find its niche and flourish in unique places.

1955 Willy’s Truck is on loan from TBG Board Member Michael Lex.

The Cactus Car
Planting plants and flowers in containers dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians. Today it’s not unusual to see household items such as bathtubs, tires, wood chairs, sinks, and even abandoned cars and trucks repurposed into unusual, whimsical and often useful containers for plants and flowers. Purchased for $350.00, the Cactus Car was fondly referred to as the “Rusty Bug”. After a lot of cleaning, sanding and a fresh coat of paint, Garden staff filled the vintage VW Beetle with over 240 cacti and succulents. The Cactus Car features cacti and succulents from five plant families: Aloeaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asparagaceae, Agavaceae, and Cactaceae.

Plants for the Cactus Car were generously donated by Ponderosa Nursery.

  • Location Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • 2150 N Alvernon Way
  • Tucson, Arizona 85712

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