desert beauty

Just back from Arizona and the most unusual landscape I have seen. From the various canyons to the populated desert community of Phoenix, Arizona is a state with a lot of variety on offer. With extreme temperature changes and availability of water (or not) come huge changes in vegetation all with a unique sense of beauty. I was fascinated to learn about the adaptations of plant and animal life in the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Established in 1939, it contains awesome (and lush-looking!) plantings of many native and non-native cacti and succulents. Just don’t hug the Saguaro!