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388. Desert Botanic Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, central Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937, the garden has more than 21,000 plants. It’s a great time to visit before it gets too hot.

 

 

 

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370. Beautiful Wildflowers

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Although it is end of wildflower season, we’ve seen some gorgeous blooms. If you love wildflowers, Colorado is a great place to visit in the summer.

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349. CA Trip (1): Fields of California Poppies

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Just came back from a week-long trip to southern California.

I had seen beautiful pictures of California wildflowers, especially California poppies. When I mentioned this to my friend, Libby, she was very interested in going there with me. It is “risky” since sometimes, if it is too dry, then there won’t be many flowers. And timing is so important and tricky—it could be too early or too late for the bloom. In fact, there was no flower at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve where normally covers with California poppies in spring time. I’m glad she was willing to take the “risk” and we were lucky to find lots of wildflowers.

We were very persistent. We’ve driven far and long, searched high and low, hiked up the mountain, and even climbed a few fences to “hunt” for flowers. (We stayed in Stallion Spring, but we drove for hours almost every day in all directions. Ironically, the best field of poppy was within 10 minutes’ drive—they didn’t bloom until the day before our trip ended.)

Having traveled on my own for three years (I started traveling from NC on April 16, 2013), it was such a treat to travel with someone who shares the same interests with me. We were elated just to spot a flower; we exclaimed at the same time when we found a meadow full of simple but delightful “treasures”. Libby is not only a dear friend, but also a great travel companion. I’m lucky to have her sharing the natural beauty with me! She is like my “long lost twin sister”. 🙂

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275. Alii Kula Lavender Farm

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Alii Kula Lavender is a sustainable farm in central Maui, located at 4000 feet elevation on the slopes of Haleakala Crater. It is not large, yet it is pretty.

Strangely, most of the flowers I have seen here I have seen in the west Australia; some of them I have only seen in Australia! My guess is that both places have the similar warm and relative dry atmospheres.

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263. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (4): Orchid

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262. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (3): Anthurium Varieties

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261. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (2)

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