Aaah, the sweet fragrance from those fresh blooms. I can smell it yet.
What awaited us there was the true beauty of the desert: Trails of exquisite flowering cacti, and a greenhouse with rare species of endangered plants from all over the world. An Australian walkabout. A children's horticultural garden. A hummingbird and butterfly garden.
An afternoon of beauty and pure pleasure, with blue skies and a spring breeze offered another delightful Easter treasure.
Cactus flowers have a mild fragrance, but there were flowering bushes and trees as well. The breeze allowed their perfumes to waft through the trails and was most enjoyable.
|This tangled cactus in the Chihuahuan desert is unique.|
|The children's garden for climbing, touching and smelling|
is full of surprises to "tickle the senses."
|The Australian walkabout|
|Over 300 species of cacti and succulents|
are displayed throughout the gardens.
|Prickly pear in bloom|
I love tea roses. They have always been my favorite flower, especially white ones.
Roses were first developed and grown in Europe, I learned, and the tea rose originates from China.
This gorgeous tea rose tree grows in the arboretum's Heritage Rose Garden. Yellow, pink, white and red roses perfumed the area around it.
We didn't think we had the stamina (sorry to say) for the rugged, higher trail climb. But it looked inviting and worth getting in shape for hiking. The trail follows the cliff side through the Upper Sonoran natural area.
|Can you see the steps leading up to the trail?|
Perhaps this will become a new tradition: an Easter visit to the arboretum, much like our traditional tour of the Como conservatory.
That's definitely worth the anticipation.