February 8, 2019
Tucson Botanical Gardens is one of the prettiest gardens we have visited. It's located on N. Alvernon Way...a busy street with businesses, eateries and apartments lining the street. Chances are you have ridden right past it and never even noticed it was there. Sue and Dave had not visited these gardens before. Knowing they love desert flora and birds, we asked them to join us.
The one room adobe building was the home of the Porters who started Desert Gardens Nursery in 1931.
|The earliest buildings on the grounds date back to the 1920s and were constructed of adobe bricks made on site.|
|Robert J Wick says, "The flora are not decorations; but are an integral part of the art defining it's character by quality, shape and nature of the plants used...My works of art are a union of art, man and nature"|
The gardens are divided into three parts...the Cacti and Succulent garden, the Herb Garden, and the Barrio Garden.
Cacti and Succulent Garden...
The Barrio Garden...
I didn't get pictures of the Herb Garden this visit so if you haven't been to the Botanical Gardens, you will just have to add it to the "to do" list for Tucson.
Also at the Botanical Gardens is the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Butterflies from all around the world are featured October thru May.
|A Wandering Violin Mantis...native to India|
|Sue and Dave enjoying the butterflies lined up on the windowsill...|
|An Orchid Mantis native to Malaysia...|
After our leisurely stroll thru the Gardens, we enjoyed a great Mexican lunch topped off with Sopaipillas at Guillermo's.
I'll close with just a few more pictures. Until next time,
|Dave and Joe|
HAPPY TRAILS !