Sunday, April 15, 2012

Our spring break local trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens

As a last "hoorah" for our spring break, the kids, Grammy and I went to the Desert Botanical Gardens. It was so fun! The weather was perfect and all of the flowers were blooming. Plus, the butterflies were out. We also got to check out a traveling exhibit called "Design for a Living World," in which they asked some designers to create new objects from sustainable materials sourced from around the world. It was fun to see what they came up with. Enjoy the pics!

Even though cacti can be pokey they have the most beautiful and colorful flowers! Here, pink Hedgehog flowersBethany showing me a yellow Angelita Daisy she picked. We have these growing in our yards at home.Chihuly glass sculptures, called Desert Wildflower TowersWhite Yucca cactus flowersOrange Hedgehog flowersGrammy and the grandkids, Suzan, Jared, Bethany, Brielle and Anna :)Yellow Prickly Pear flowersIn the wildflower section of the gardens. Here, a bee checking out the yellow California PoppiesCalifornia Poppies and Desert BluebellsDesert BluebellsWhite Evening Primrose flowersPink Parry's Penstemon. We have these in our yards too. The hummingbirds LOVE these!!Purple LupineRed wildflowersCheck out this hummingbird! So cool! Arizona is home to many different species of hummingbirds!Now into the Butterfly Pavilion. Here, a Buckeye ButterflyZebra ButterfliesA Great Southern White ButterflyA Spicebush Swallowtail ButterflyHey! I've never seen these butterflies before! ;)Oh! And some cute caterpillars too! ;) An Anna species...Suzan species...Brielle species...And Bethany species ;)Now into the Design for a Living World exhibit. Here, a chair made out of plywoodA dress made out of salmon leather (aka, salmon skin or scales)
Shoes made out of salmon leatherAn organic wool rugA lounge chair made out of bambooAnd a bench made out of reclaimed red maple
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