Event Details

  • July 12, 2019
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Free


  • Prescott Valley Public Library
  • 7401 East Civic Circle
  • Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
  • 928-759-3040
  • http://www.pvlib.net

Event Description

Chasing Centuries-The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars across the Desert Southwest Prescott Valley Public Library (7401 East Skoog Blvd.) join with Ron Parker, author of Chasing Centuries, as he examines 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 exactly where they were originally planted hundreds of years ago. It is a fascinating and uniquely Arizona story! Books will be available for purchase. Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history book that takes the reader along on an exciting and little known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with author Ron Parker as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars; living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted hundreds of years ago. Ron 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. He has been studying agave populations in Arizona for many years, and has been out in the field with renowned botanists and regional archaeologists. When not under the open sky, Ron maintains the well-known xeric plant discussion forum, Agaveville.org, an impressive online repository for information on agaves and other succulent plants. This program is free. No registration is required. Friday, July 12th 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3rd Floor Crystal Room For More Information: 928-759-3040

Event presented by:

  • Prescott Valley Public Library
  • 928-759-6193
  • cswenson@pvaz.net
  • http://pvlib.net