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Learn about ‘Ancient Agave Cultivars’ on Friday

Author Ron Parker will present “Chasing Centuries — The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars across the Desert Southwest” from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Skoog Blvd. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

He will examine the relationship between pre-Columbian Native Americans and agaves (century plants) in Arizona. These folks developed, gardened and farmed their own unique agaves, and many of these plants are still found where they were originally planted hundreds of years ago.

Parker is an outdoorsman, xeric plant enthusiast and amateur botanist who spends half his time gardening and the other half exploring natural habitat across Arizona and neighboring states, primarily chasing agaves and archaeological sites.

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