We waited a little too late in the day to visit this attraction when we were in Phoenix, so we lost the optimum afternoon sunlight for photos before we were able to see all of the park. If we had realized the size of the gardens, we would have begun our visit a little earlier.
Let's just say this about the garden: It is beautiful, but you have to like cacti, of which hundreds of varieties are viewable here. It is completely different from the non-desert gardens we've seen like Butchart in Canada or Bellingrath, near Mobile.
It was also a bit too early for the cacti to be blooming, so we missed that. However, the following photos will give you an idea of what to expect, and these are just a sample:
|Near the entrance, yuccas made from glass mingle with the real ones and colorful creatures placed about.|
|Directly across from the glass sculpture was this tasteful arrangement of cacti and rocks.|
|Rushing as we were to capture as much afternoon light as we could, we failed to record varieties of cacti like this strange one.|
At the risk of seeming unappreciative of the plethora of unusual cacti, the one growing in the copper-colored pot below appeared to have warts. (If that comment isn't evidence of rednecks somewhere in my family tree, I don't know what more proof is needed.)
|There are benches in many areas of the park that would definitely be needed to rest if you were to try to see everything in the garden.|
|Proceeding down the 1.5-miles of paths, I came upon this view of a small mountain just outside the park.|
|Walking closer, I was able to capture the last golden rays of the sun reflected off the whisker-like needles of these cacti. This is one of my favorite photos of the day.|
|Wonder what strange variety this is?|
|Who knew there were so many strange varieties of cacti?|
I took the next photos just at sunset, but I still think they're beautiful: