Don't you hate it when you come across a cactus without a name? Me too. Cacti are prickly enough to begin with that you don't want to worry about rubbing them the wrong way by saying "hey you, over there, the tall green one with the needles". When they have names, it's just easier for everyone, as the good folks at The Boulders Resort in Carefree, AZ, have discovered. And that's why they're having their third annual Name The Cactus contest for six unnamed cacti.
Six contest winners will each receive a two-night stay at The Boulders for two in deluxe Casita accommodations, to be used from June—September 2010. Also included in the prize is a $500 airfare giftcard, breakfast for two at Palo Verde Restaurant and two tee times at The Boulders Golf Course. I've never been to this luxurious resort, which is located by Scottsdale, but it looks incredible. Part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, it gets its name from a group of huge rocks in the center of the property. Plus there's a Golden Door Spa.
Take a look at the photos on The Boulders website and see what kind of names the chosen cacti inspire. (The striking cactus pictured above is one of the cactii that need names.) Names will be judged for their creativity and originality. Each cactus looks different so be sure to come up with a name that suits the plant in question. Past winning names have included Gladtameetchoo, Mr. Grumps, Double Barrel Darrel and Captain Cact-Eye.
The Name The Cactus Contest runs until June 1, 2010. Good luck!