Monday, April 27, 2009

Desert Botanical Gardens

We visited the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. What an amazing place. Who would've thought there was so much diversity in the desert plantlife?

We arrived at around 4:30pm in the 100+degree heat, and there weren't many people there (surprisingly!). I thought it was because they must be getting close to closing for the day. But no, it was just that most people were smarter than us and waited until around 6pm when the heat lessened to start their trip! The gardens were enhanced by many weird and sometimes wacky glass sculptures, that in some cases enhanced the displays but in others distracted from the cactus.

We learned a lot about the different types of cactus; the barrel cactus, the organ pipes cactus, the teddy bear cactus, the prickly pear etc. And we even saw a real live snake slithering through the gardens! My only complaint was that the gift store closed 1 hr before the gardens did. Who wants to stop their tour to go to the gift shop, then have to carry their purchases round for an hour? Ridiculous in my opinion. But all in all, an excellent trip and some amazing, unusual gardens.

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