This week, while Raven was at one of her horse riding lessons, I decided to explore the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are a very peaceful place, full of plants that love to live in the desert environment. In this photo, you can see some barrel cacti behind me. Cactus plants are so beautiful, but be careful not to get too close!
A lot of the desert plants are edible! I learned about them this summer when I became a junior ranger at Saguaro National Park. You can even eat some kinds of cactus!
In this photo, you can see a traditional American Indian garden behind me. See the corn growing on the little terrace? It's a special garden full of plants from the southwestern United States, with special attention paid to those grown by the Tohono O'odham people. Cool!
Here I am with a big butterfly feature! One of the coolest attractions at the Tucson Botanical Gardens is Butterfly Magic. It's a big greenhouse filled with butterflies and the plants they love. Of course, there are many beautiful butterflies in the gardens themselves as well. I loved getting to climb on this big butterfly. If you go to the Gardens, make sure to stop by Butterfly Magic!
I had a great time at the Tucson Botanical Gardens! I even stopped to get a drink at the little Birdhouse Cafe. Next time I'm in town, I'll have to come back with my friends. It's the perfect little oasis in the city.
Have you ever been to a botanical garden? What kinds of ecosystems did it have?