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Apr 18, 2018 8:36 AM CST
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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I thought I would share a few photos from my recent trip to Arizona. The Desert Botanical Garden is just amazing. I came away with a new found appreciation for the diverse and beautiful plants of the desert.

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Docents were everywhere in this garden to highlight items of interest.
This one had a tiny display of just a few of the things in bloom at the moment
as well as information about the different desert conditions throughout the huge

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I traveled with one of my orchid club friends and our visit coincided with the state trees
blooming. The Palo Verde tree was just incredible!

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humming birds were everywhere !

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This garden had a large sculpture exhibit going on featuring ceramic artist Jun Kaneko

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The Saguaro Cactus is the state tree. There are a few with a mutation that is now
named as Crested Saguaro

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a bird had set up house in this one.

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Apr 18, 2018 9:33 AM CST
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Your lovely photos brought back fond memories of the Desert Botanical Garden for me. I visited it in November, 2015, and was awed by it, just as you were. I too was impressed by the abundance of volunteer docents and the enthusiasm they showed in sharing their knowledge.

I visited on a weekday morning, and there were several school groups sitting in special areas set for them to learn from the docents.
Apr 18, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Karen
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I'm glad you got to visit the DBG, Lindsey! We've been members there for years and it's my favorite place to hang out. It's beautiful at all times of the year. The wildlife is almost as interesting as the plants. Thanks for the photos!
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Apr 18, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Great pictures, Lindsey, thanks. Especially nice pictures of you and Sylvia.

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Apr 18, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 7a
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Lindsey, your pictures are just beautiful and interesting!! Lovey dubby
Apr 18, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Name: Alice
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Great pictures Lindsey. I have been there, it was at least 20 years ago, and it was fascinating, very different from the humid jungle of the SE. I came across a rattlesnake on the path when I was there and after that I don't remember anything but getting back to the car as quickly as I could.
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Apr 18, 2018 8:41 PM CST
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids Photo Contest Winner 2021 Photo Contest Winner 2023
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed the short tour. It was a pleasant day for us.
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