Posted on 15 January 2010.
Cacti are nature’s most exotic and beautiful plants. Most cacti are seen in the arid and desert areas but they can be grown almost anywhere with little care and space. A cacti garden can enliven your yard and give an original look to your home. The following are some of the notable cacti gardens worldwide.
1. Henderson, NV
Spanning 3 acres, Ethel M Botanical Cactus Gardens is situated at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Henderson, Nevada. The gardens can be easily be visited by the public. There are over 300 varieties of cacti plants and succulent species and is one of the rarest cacti collections in the United States.
2. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
In the two greenhouses located to the right of the subtropical house, the Mediterranean house contains beautiful plants such as azaleas, tulips and others while the art house is filled with cactus and succulents, all of which thrive in dry climates. Low level heating is undertaken when temperatures are freezing. Otherwise the museum is allowed to follow outdoor temperatures.
3. Timanfaya National Park, Canary Islands
The top attractions of Lanzarote include the dramatic volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park and its golden hued sands. The Guatiza Cactus Garden is notable here and deserves a visit by travelers to this part of the world. Here you can find cacti in all colors, shapes and sizes.
4. The Stanford Cactus Garden
The Arizona Cactus Garden spanning about 30,000 square feet, also known as the Stanford Cactus Garden, is a botanical garden specializing in cactus and succulents. You can find it in the campus of the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA. It is open for visitors free of charge daily.
5. Cholla cactus garden at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is situated in southeastern California. Below 910m, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and is noted for its natural gardens consisting of ocotillo, creosote bush, and cholla cactus.