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12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 1)

12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 1)

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The Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix is one of those magical places that I will never get tired of visiting. Every year there’s something new to discover—not just new exhibits (like Bruce Munro’s Sonoran Light this winter)—but new beds,...

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12/28/15: En route to Phoenix, AZ

12/28/15: En route to Phoenix, AZ

On my way to Phoenix last Monday I decided to take a scenic detour off Interstate 10: US 60. I hopped on 60 at its western terminus east of Quartzite and stayed on it all the way to Phoenix.

I think I-10 is plenty scenic but I hate the...

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What I brought home from my 2015 desert trip

What I brought home from my 2015 desert trip

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath to find out what I brought home from the 2015 desert trip. I hope you didn’t get your hopes up too high because my haul is fairly modest. I could easily have gone crazy but my goal was to know what to do with...

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Huntington Desert Garden the perfect ending to my 2015 winter desert trip

Huntington Desert Garden the perfect ending to my 2015 winter desert trip

Today is the last day of my desert road trip. Unlike other trips, which go out with a whimper, this one ended on a high note—a very high note.

At 8 a.m. this morning I met up with three fellow garden bloggers at the Huntington in San Marino, CA:...

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Succulent-heavy New Year’s Day in Southern California

Succulent-heavy New Year’s Day in Southern California

Happy New Year! I wonder how long it will take me to remember that it’s now 2016…

I spent last night—New Year’s Eve—in Blythe, a non-descript town on Interstate 10 just a few miles from the Arizona border. It’s half-way between Phoenix, AZ and Palm Springs, CA and hence was perfect for...

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Arizona 2015—Phoenix teaser 2

Arizona 2015—Phoenix teaser 2

I left Tucson bright and early and took Arizona Highway 177 north to the town of Superior where the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located. It hadn’t been on the list of destinations for this trip, but I had such fond memories of my 2013 visit that I made a quick change...

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Arizona 2015—Tucson teaser 2

Arizona 2015—Tucson teaser 2

Day 2 in Tucson. It was a long day. Those who say vacations are for relaxing clearly aren’t doing it right :-)

After another wonderful breakfast at Beyond Bread—a big shoutout for what has got to be the best bread and baked goods in Arizona—I visited Tohono...

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Arizona 2015—Tucson teaser 1

Arizona 2015—Tucson teaser 1

This morning I drove from Phoenix (Scottsdale, to be precise) to Tucson. The drive is usually under two hours but I stopped a bunch of times to take photos of the dramatic clouds.

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Picacho Peak between Casa Grande and Tucson near...

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Arizona 2015—Phoenix teaser 1

Arizona 2015—Phoenix teaser 1

It’s that time of year again: I’m on my yearly road trip to Arizona. I arrived in Phoenix at 1 p.m. and spent the rest of the day at the Desert Botanical garden (with a 90 minute break). My self-imposed schedule is so crazy this year that I won’t be able to blog from...

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December 2015 Desert Trip index

December 2015 Desert Trip index

Here is an index of all the posts about my December 2015 trip to Southern California and Arizona:

POSTS FROM THE ROAD

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