Desert Botanical Garden, December 2016 (part 1 of 3)
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Desert Towers by Dale Chihuly at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden. Notice how the glass sculptures mirror the shape of the yuccas growing next to them.
In contrast to previous years, the DBG didn't have a special exhibition in 2016. I was a bit disappointed because the Dale Chihuly exhibition in 2013 and Bruce Munro's installation Sonoran Light in 2015 were unforgettable. Still, even without anything extra, the remarkable plants growing at the DBG, together with the hardscape that is constantly being refined, are reward enough.
|Cactus-like euphorbia at the entrance|
|Potted plantings near the entrance|
|More potted plantings, including Aloidendron 'Hercules' on the left and a monstrose Cereus on the right|
|Backlit opuntias and hairawn muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)|
|These backlit cactus looked particularly stunning against the muhly grass|
|Tedddy bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)|
|More cholla goodness|
|Backlit opuntias and barrel cactus|
|Trying to include more people in my photos to give them context (sorry, strangers)|
|Formal beds in the Ottosen Entry Garden|
|Agave bovicornuta outside the gift shop, several of them pushing flower stalks|
|NOID agave in the entry garden|
To my eyes, the most beautiful of all desert trees: palo blanco (Mariosousa willardiana, formerly Acadia willardiana). It's native to Sonora, Mexico. A bit on the tender side, so it's often planted against structures.
|Palo blanco (Mariosousa willardiana|
|Agave americana 'Marginata' and ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)|
|Agave americana 'Marginata' and Yucca rostrata|
|Backlit Ferocactus sp.|
|Backlit barrel cactus and chollas|
|Red teddy bear cholla (Cylindropuntia × campii) and Yucca rigida|
|Golden barrels (Echinocactus grusonii)|
Trunked Agave attentuata, definitely not a common sight in Phoenix. This agave species likes a much more moderate climate.
|Palo verde and mass plantings of smaller cactus|
|Look at the impeccable stone work in the Desert Terrace Garden. I want this wall in my own garden!|
|Good to know the DBG has a plant aquisition and salvage fund|
|I have no idea what this attrative potted cactus is|
|Very blue form of banana yucca (Yucca baccata)|
|Potted agaves in the Desert Terrace Garden|
One of many new boojum trees (Fouquieria columnaris) installed in recent years. Fouquieria columnaris is one of the signature plants of the Baja California peninsula.
|Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal|
|Flowering aloes at the Desert Portal|
Like what you've seen so far? There's much more to come.