An afternoon spent at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix at Papago Park was delightful.
|A beautiful spring day at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix|
My mother, our friend, Wilma, and I spent a wonderful three or four hours in the sunshine and fresh air, taking in the desert scenery.
|Barn's Butte at Papago Park|
Wilma volunteers as a docent at the gardens. She led us on a spirited tour through the wildflowers and cactus. We saw so much to inspire and awe, and might have spent another day or two to see the rest of it.
|Our intrepid guide, Wilma|
The Butterfly Pavillion is open until the first week in May. Dozens of beautiful specimens happily flutter about an enclosed garden going about their business little noticing the camera-mad public in their lives.
A Buckeye Butterfly on a bright yellow columbine
|This Giant Swallowtail finds the red petunias alluring|
Having grown up in Phoenix, the Sonoran desert is a familiar landscape to me, but I was very excited to see desert plants from Mexico such as the Creeping Devil cactus and the Boojum Tree.
|The creepy Creeping Devil cactus from Mexico|
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