I took so many photos during my October visit to the DBG in Phoenix. Even after editing them down I'm still at over 200. Rather than work at wrangling the riches into a manageable post, or two, I'm just going to share a few photos whenever the mood strikes. Today we'll have a look-see at the entry garden. This just off the parking lot, as you walk towards the entry.
This structure is new since my last visit, in 2011.
Welcome to the Sonoran Desert...where every plant shows us...how life can thrive in these dry lands.
I believe these Chihuly works were installed as part of the 2008/09 exhibition of his work here at the DBG, they were such a success that the Garden purchased them.
I am no fan of Chihuly, to put it mildly. But I adore these.
They are perfect here, just perfect. Unlike a lot of artwork I see in gardens (both public and private) I feel these add to the overall design, rather than compete. Oh and did you spot the flying creature just to the left of the center spire? I didn't until I was editing photos. Lucky catch.
The blue sky backdrop definitely complements. I don't know that these would be so good against a cloudy Portland sky.
Now I've paid the entrance fee entered the garden proper.
I'm really not sure what's going on here. It looks to be a blooming Agave, right?
But this is the tip. Bloomed and since worn down? Or worn down in an attempt to keep it from blooming? I wish I knew.
Perfection. Color, shape, texture...
And this too.
Almost all my desert favorites represented...(no Agaves)...
I think I shared this image, or one similar, when I wrote about the creatures I encountered during my Arizona stay.
This whole area really speaks to me. I love a formal geometric layout that then goes a little wild with the plantings.
Cylindropuntia X campii
These were not labeled but I'm guessing Agave 'Felipe Otero', since there were several Agave titanota elsewhere that were labeled and looked nothing like this (experts feel free to chime in).
Ah my heart beats faster...
The perfect container for these barrel cactus...
And I love the DBG logo, whether on the side of a building.
Or on a "trash" can...
Okay now I'm jumping way ahead, to the end of my visit. The other photos in this post were all of the entry area, but now I'm back outside, in the parking lot, and ready to leave. That was until I spotted plants off in the distance. Damn. The weekend after my visit was their fall plant sale...and they were already setting up!
I made the security guards nervous as I walked closer. They were circling at a quick pace. I tried to look unimportant.
So many great plants...so far out of my reach...
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