|Not a cactus in sight!|
|The saguaro growing locally - surely they could have found room for a couple of specimens!|
However I did want to see the gardens of the Saguaro Hotel so I dropped in for a quick look. Some of you might remember that last year I blogged on colour in architecture and referred to this hotel which had received a hotly contested rainbow makeover. The end result is a quite remarkable renaissance of a traditional motel building. I've no idea of its hospitality, restaurants or amenities but as architecture, its now quite iconic and certainly colourful!
|You can't miss this landmark!|
The landscape in the central courtyard is striking with architectural elements meant to mimic the mountains dividing the area and also painted in bolds colours. Whilst there are 14 colours in the palette for the building, just four colours were used for the planting which was not at its peak in February. I'm not sure how restful it is but it's certainly cheerful!
|Sadly artificial grass for events|
|The architectural/sculptural elements meant to mimic the mountains|
|Colourful furniture makes up for the lack of winter colour in the planting|