Having recently purchased a one-year membership to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix, Arizona, I was excited to take my granddaughter for a visit.
Stella will be four years old in just two days.
First, we walked along the wildflower pathway. Since it is autumn, there aren't many flowers blooming, though we saw a few. What we did see, less than eight feet away from us was this bunny!
Next, we visited the Butterfly Pavillion. The garden has a wonderful screened in greenhouse, in which they maintain the perfect conditions to nurture butterflies. Twice a year they have the pavillion open for 6-8 weeks, with seasonal butterflies on display. During the autumn "butterfly season," they have Monarchs. During the spring season, butterflies from Florida. It was wonderful seeing the Monarchs up close!
After we left the Butterfly Pavillion, we enjoyed wandering the garden paths for a while. A very friendly garden volunteer showed us a slice of cactus. It looked like a star! It was pineapple colored on the inside, with a central core much like a pineapple. Another friendly volunteer offered to take our photograph when we sat down to rest for a few minutes:
When I arranged this trip with Stella's mommy, I didn't even know that they were having a special event for kids. They had art projects relating to chili and chocolate. Stella made all three of the available art projects, 1) a tootsie-roll wreath, 2) a bell pepper seed-napkin (seeds glued to the napkin, which you can then plant), and 3) a "chili-pepper" Christmas-tree ornament, pictured below:
All in, we had a wonderful stroll through the garden, enjoyed the butterflies, bunnies (and hummingbirds!), saw cactus & flowers, and Stella had three small art projects to take home with her. She's informed me that she'd like to visit the garden again, please. In my book, that's a win!