The Gardens Experience
Earl & Donnalee Holton Arid Garden
The Arid Garden is host to a large variety of plants specially adapted to survive in some of the driest environments in the world. The wonderfully variable plant collection is divided by a stone arch. On one side, plants of the arid Americas and Australia can be found. These include large Agaves with their sharply pointed and handsomely imprinted leaves, the fuzzy torch cactus and Golden Barrel Cactus to name a few. An Adobe-style display area features rare and unusual potted cacti and succulents from these regions.
As you pass beneath the stone archway, you enter an area featuring plants of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Here members of the Aloe and Euphorbia families dominate. The stately tree-like Aloe ferox, the fuzzy African felt bush and the Cow-Horn Euphorbia are just a few of the plants here. A 7-foot termite mound replica rises above beautiful rockwork. Many unusual potted plants from this region are also included.
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