As most of you know, I visited my daughter in Phoenix in early December, and while there I took a morning to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. I had visited the Gardens on my first visit to Phoenix back in January; in fact, one of my very first blog posts featured this fascinating place. I was eager to see the Gardens again, but what I didn't know is that I was in for a very special treat.
An unsuspecting visitor might wonder what those unusual chartreuse flowers were towering above the succulents at the entrance to the Gardens. I should have gotten the name for these for Mr. McGregor's Daughter who is partial to chartreuse, I know, but I was too intent on photographing them to notice the identifying sign. Besides, there is no botanical name for these.
I took so many photos on this morning, but many of them were of the identifying signs so I wouldn't forget the names of some of the more unusual plants I saw. Unfortunately, in my eagerness to get the best angle for a photo, I often forgot to take photos of the signs accompanying the artwork. Hmmm, I'm guessing this is some kind of tree--what do you think?
The scope of this exhibit, "The Nature of Glass," was impressive. There were so many works of art that you never knew what to expect as you rounded each part of the trail. These pink spires (name now forgotten) seemed to grow naturally among the small cacti here.
I have become fascinated by the plant life of the desert, but you will notice I don't have many plants shown here--I have so many photos that I decided to do a second post just on the plant life, probably next week. I came to the Botanical Gardens to learn more about these Southwest natives, but I found so much more. This was the ultimate combination of nature and art.