Things haven't changed much at the entrance. The Chihuly sculptures still greet the visitor.
And there is a vertical wall of succulents.
Opuntia, Santa Rita welcomes us wearing its winter coat.
And you can't miss the newest member to the garden, The Boojum tree, Fouqueria columnaris, at 37' towering above all the other plants in the garden collection. The tree was donated by a homeowner in whose front garden it was growing. It will need support for a while until its roots grow big enough to support its height.
From Thanksgiving until Christmas Las Noches de las Luminarias welcomes visitors into the evening garden. As part of this event Bruce Munro showcases eight large scale light based installations using fibre optic lighting. It must be quite a spectacle. We saw several of these dotted among the cactus and large areas of lights on the hillsides.
We have long admired the raised beds using stacked stone but the new Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal enhances this similar style of wall with colored glass.
This has always been one of my favorite water features and I am sure in the early mornings and evenings birds and other wild life gather around here. I think may have painted the yellow wall since I was last there or was it just the wetness enhancing the color?
How beautifully this second water feature blends in with the native granite rocks and plants.
The third fountain is at the entrance to the Fine Family Contemplation Garden and features a zero edge wall.
A work in progress. Soon to be the Founder's Wall with circles of colored glass fitted into each of the metal circles. It won't be completed until January 2016, so next time!
Over the years color has been added to the garden in the way of structure. I'm pretty sure that when they were deciding on the color for the cactus an succulent galleries they took their cue from the flowering aloes.
Cactus and agaves themselves grow larger with each visit. Some of them grow old and not so pretty.
It's always comforting to know that when a plant fails it may not always be your fault.
It has the look of a very ancient font and maybe that's what it once was or was it possibly a repurposed, cantera stone column. Either way it makes for a very nice feature in this small courtyard area.
I'm hoping that one day my Agave desmettiana Joe Hoak plants will share a spot with Agave desmettiana variegata but as neither are truly hardy here it will likely only ever be in pots.
And talking about hardiness Arizona is preparing for a few cold nights and they were out covering a number of plants with fleece.
And what was of favorite plant in the garden that day? Without a doubt this display of Agave victoriae-reginae.
It was yet another memorable visit to the garden.