The gardens at The Living Desert showcase the diversity of forms adopted by plants found growing in the harsh conditions typical of the world’s deserts. Over 1,400 different species of plants are represented in the various gardens that constitute The Living Desert’s plant collection. For those of us that are avid and fastidious gardeners, the landscape here may be a little disappointing, as its a bit rough and 'unkempt' but it is intended as a realistic representation of desert flora and in many cases as the correct setting for various of the zoo's animals.
|Cylindropuntia fulgida - jumping cholla|
|Carnegiea gigantea - the saguaro cactus|
|The opuntia garden|
|Tecoma 'Orange Jubilee' - common but colorful|
|Russelia equisetiformis - firecracker plant - another easy desert plant|
|The real thing - not a sculpture!|
|Thorns on the silk floss tree - Ceiba speciosa|
Anyway with the current drought here in California, any demonstration of what can grow with minimal water has got to be good education even if its not the colourful, plant rich gardens that many of us enjoy.
We followed this with lunch and a cocktail at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in El Paseo but forgot to take a picture so you'll have to imagine that!