Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute will be celebrating National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 7, 2010 with guided walks through our botanical gardens at 11:00a.m. and 2:00p.m.  National Public Gardens Day is presented by the non-profit American Public Gardens Association in partnership with Rain Bird and is a celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.
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25th Annual Native Plant Sale!

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center is holding their 25th Annual Native Plant Sale April 23rd and 24th. You’ll find almost 200 varieties of beautiful native and adapted plants including old favorites like sages, desert willow, mountain laurel, yellowbells, and penstemons. This year, add a new favorite to your garden—the Antelope Bush, a native rose that features bright pink flowers from early spring until the first frost.
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Spring Flowers


It seemed like spring was never going to come. Then, the weather warmed up and the plants rejoiced with a burst of bloom. On the Upper Loop Trail the claret cup cacti are in full flower. You can’t miss them with their burst of red blossoms. And, if you wait patiently, you might be rewarded with a hummingbird coming in to nectar.
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Javelina Bush: Signs of Spring 2


Today, during my afternoon walk around the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens I got a whiff of a smell so sweet that it stopped me in my tracks. I began to look around, but couldn’t immediately see anything that I thought could account for the scent. So I followed my nose until I could hear the hum of pollinators. My nose and my ears eventually led me to a small, insignificant bush hidden in the grasses.
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