Barking up the right tree
|Arbutus xalapensis trunk|
|Arbutus xalapensis fruit|
|Arbutus xalapensis at Denver Botanic Gardens|
Here is one of the half dozen or so specimens of Texas Madrone growing quietly on Dryland Mesa: I doubt that one in a thousand visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens has a clue what this is at this point in its life cycle. By the time it reaches the size of the specimen above, I have a hunch it could attract a good deal more interest. Dan Johnson, Associate Director of Horticulture at DBG is responsible for having located and obtained all the plants we have at the Gardens (as well as lovingly maintaining them in great health). This is just one of hundreds of Dan's remarkable plant "coups".
|Greenhouses at Albuquerque|
It's been several years since I visited RGBG, and I was rather startled this time to see that they'd somewhat anticipated our new Science Pyramid in their dark blue, pyramidal greenhouse structures--obviously a shape of the times!
|Vitex filled courtyard|
|Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite'|
|Closeup of 'Dynamite'|
|Overview of entrance to Moorish Garden|