The Desert Botanical Garden was my favorite outing this week in Phoenix. It was the only day my friends that we are staying with had off work. At the Botanical Garden, I learned about the ecosystem and plant life here.
The long, meandering paths lead in circles around the living outdoor exhibits, so it was easy to traverse. I found myself fascinated by the landscape and the warm sun felt great upon my skin as the four of us wandered around the expansive space enjoying each other’s company and watching exquisite birds. Fluffy chipmunks darted to and fro and a large hawk hovered near.
We found great enjoyment watching the blackbirds dart full speed into holes in the Saguaro cacti, apartment buildings for the birds. Hummingbirds happily drank nectar from cactus flowers and trees in full bloom.
I have an enormous aloe plant in my house that flowers each year and it is always a topic of conversation the first time folks visit my home. To see these beautiful specimens full of juice and flowering prolifically beneath the Arizona sun was wonderful.
There is a medicinal herb that I use called Chaparral. It holds the astounding properties within it to kill cancer cells, repair teeth and kill infections. It is often hard for me to get. Its other name is Creosote Bush and there it was, prolific across the desert.
The herb gardens were thick with rich aroma and life as bees darted from tip to tip.
I wondered how the indigenous people of the land here could withstand the heat. There were many examples of willow and ironwood structures for cooking, living, and communing. Gardens and history were provided around the simulated village.
My husband is a very good photographer and I was happy that he could capture the day for us. If you find yourself in Phoenix, Arizona, head to the Desert Botanical Garden for a day of history, beauty, and desert magic.
It has been a lovely six days in Arizona and now we bid a sad farewell to our dear friends and travel east to Santa Fe, New Mexico.