Sunday, October 27, 2013

Yesterday at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

Pollinator Garden
Yesterday, we visited Fort Davis' Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, as it was a beautiful fall day, with a crisp blue sky and a soft breeze.  We saw the muted colors of autumn in the pollinator garden (above), and the more vibrant color of the Mexican Buckeye (below).

Fall color on the Mexican Buckeye
We took a short hike along the Hummingbird and Butterfly Trail, and visited the Cactus Greenhouse.
Hummingbird and Butterfly Trail
What better way to celebrate fall in the Texas Mountains!!

So, what's the Center all about?  Want to learn more?  From the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center website:

"In 1978, the board and supporters of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute purchased 507 acres of rolling grassland, oak-studded hills, and shady canyon springs in the foothills of the Davis Mountains. Here, they established the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. For over three decades, visitors have explored this tranquil and visually stunning site, taking the opportunity to reconnect with nature and discover the desert.
Highlights of the Nature Center include a desert botanical garden, 1400 sq. ft. cactus and succulent greenhouse, over 3 miles of hiking trails, and interpretive exhibits. Both formal and informal education programs for children and adults are offered throughout the year."

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