Instead of a beauty post, I thought I’d share some pix from our visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Scottsdale AZ. After a long flight to Phoenix from Boston, we picked up our rental car, checked in to our Scottsdale base of operations – Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas – and headed for the Desert Botanical Gardens.
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Here’s a quick look at our well-appointed and comfortable villa: living room with fireplace, full kitchen, huge shower, bedroom. Plus a nice balcony overlooking a courtyard.
Can you believe the size of this jacuzzi tub? It’s in the gigantic bedroom! Gotta try it out tonight 🙂
Desert Botanical Gardens
We arrived at about 3pm, and met a couple coming out of the park who told us it was FREE DAY, the second Tuesday of the month. That saved us $44! Plus the park was open till 11pm and had a special show at night, the Munroe Light Show.
It was quite hot, and I was wearing a long sleeve black top, knee-high stockings and shoes. Our villa wasn’t ready when we arrived so we stored our luggage, and it was too much trouble to fish out my sneakers and a T-shirt. So I ended up buying a T-shirt and baseball hat at the Botanical Gardens, pricey but for a good cause and not the most flattering. But it was definitely good for the bright, hot sunshine.
The gardens are huge, with each garden loop having a specific theme. During the afternoon we walked around the Wildflower loop (the blue loop) and one of the others.
How lucky to be there when the desert flowers and cactus were in bloom.
After a couple of hours walking around in the heat, we were pooped (plus getting up at 6am and a 5+ hour flight). We went out to dinner, and fortified, we came back to the Desert Botanical Gardens for the night event. The gardens were illuminated. The cactus cast amazing shadows. And the sculpture in the park took on a totally different look with the lights at night.
The special event was made up of LED installations by Bruce Monroe that were placed within each of the loops throughout the park. The Water Towers installation had music (chanting) and the lights changed color. Each water tower was constructed of large water bottles with LED wire inside. The Phoenix area is all about saving water, and I believe they do an amazing job at it.
Unbelievably, Munroe managed to illuminated a nearby mountain. Here it is by day
and at night (sorry the photo is lousy). How did they get all the lights up there?
Here are a few other of his installations. The dome is also constructed with water bottles and LED wires.
So that was day one of our vacation. We’re heading out to hike in the mountains near our hotel, and then we go to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scottsdale home and school this afternoon.
Have you been to the Phoenix area? What’s your favorite thing to do there?