I was missing trees and green things that aren’t sharp and pointy. We’d been in the desert for about 2 weeks and we were about to head to Death Valley. I needed to see some trees (not palm trees) and lush foliage. So, I searched the ol’ google maps for a garden, and UC Riverside showed up as a little over one hour’s drive from where we were staying.
So we took the day and drove to Riverside. Lo and behold, we found ourselves a truly amazing garden, with the added bonus of several miles of trails to allow us to get some movement into our day. I HIGHLY recommend a visit if you are in the area. This is a beautiful place. (And FREE admission!)
The trails wind through several different types of ecosystems, and we started with the North American desert, displaying an astonishing array of cacti.
and a tranquil, jungle-like dome structure filled with tropical vines and palms and banana trees (or that’s what they looked like to me). sidebar: Flora is sporting blue tips on her ponytail…and I think it works.
Then we walked through a rocky hillside, into an herb garden and a grove of oak trees, then through the Australian area and a palm grove. It was a fun way to spend a few hours and have a picnic lunch.