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Albuquerque Botanic Garden

Our first stop on the trip was the Albuquerque Botanic Garden. On a very chilly and windy day we confined our visit to the enclosed desert and tropical plant areas.

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McConnell Arboretum

On the way to Redding, CA we stopped at the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. What a disappointment! It looked more like late fall than early spring. Few plants were flowering or even emerging; many looked near death. Labelling was very poor and there were no guide booklets or maps to be found. It’s unfortunate because the setting is very nice, adjacent to the Sacramento River. Then, we were rear-ended at a stop light just after exiting the garden (but with virtually no visible damage to our car).

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Desert Botanical Garden

Road Runner

Road Runner

From Taliesin, we drove to the Desert Botanical Garden where our afternoon began with a salad at the Patio Café where we were entertained by a road runner.  A couple of hours flew by as be wandered the many park paths marvelling at the endless variety of desert plants and occasional whimsical garden artwork.

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