If you’re in the Phoenix area, you won’t want to miss the Desert Botanical Garden! You’ll find acres of beautiful succulents and cacti that are sure to inspire you!
A few months ago I was able to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona. It’s somewhere that had been on my list of places to go for quite a while. It was amazing! I’ve started warming up to cacti a little more lately and there was an incredible variety of cacti here. If you’re ever down in the Phoenix area I highly recommend stopping here.
Today’s post is going to be more photos than text, but I promise it won’t disappoint! Hopefully these photos will help you start to see the beauty of cacti (if you don’t already). I really was amazed at how beautiful these gardens are!
This has species of cactus has become a favorite of mine, Oreocereus celsianus aka Old Man of the Andes. This one looked especially humorous with it’s fuzzy feet and waving arm. See it?
A great thing about being at the garden in March was several types of cacti were blooming. I don’t think most succulent flowers are particularly attractive, but these cacti flowers were amazing! It would have been awesome to see them in full bloom, but even just these few were impressive. I love that this Opuntia violacea Santa Rita flower is exactly complementary to the purple hues of the cactus.
Ever since visiting Patrick Anderson’s garden I have loved the idea of blocks of colorful cement as an accent. The Desert Botanical Garden has just that! These huge orange arches were beautiful. The color is perfect, subtle enough to add beauty to the garden but contrasty enough to make a statement.
So, for today’s product, I challenge you to add a cactus to your succulent collection. I’ve made a small list of a few favorite cacti for container arrangement. This cute cactus below, Mammillaria gracilis fragilis, is the cactus that made me realize I might just like cactus.
I’m not sure why it takes succulent addicts so long to like cacti, but it seems to be a trend. So I’m curious now, what are your thoughts on cacti? I will admit that I’ve only started to find cacti beautiful in the last 6 months or so, but now it’s like a whole new addiction has started.
Also, look forward to another Succulent Saturday or two about cacti in the future. You’ve only seen a fraction of the incredible cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.