spring in the abq: a visit to the botanical garden

Saturday afternoon Dale and I ventured out to experience the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Unbeknownst to us, the Travel Channel has named it among the top 12 botanic gardens in the country. How cool is that? The more we explore, the more gems we find in the ABQ.

The botanic garden is part of the ABQ BioPark, which is also home to the ABQ Zoo, Aquarium, and Tingley Beach. Dale and I visited the zoo for the first time when went house hunting last September. The BioPark is the perfect place for family outings and is only about 15 minutes from our house.

The animals' outdoor enclosures allow you to get very close and see a wide variety of species. All throughout the zoo's grounds there are benches and other places to sit and relax, something we found also to be true at the botanic garden.

With April just around the corner, spring has certainly sprung in the ABQ. Daffodils and tulips lined beds and planter boxers throughout the garden's . All the cherry blossom trees are now in bloom and their sweet fragrance permeated the air as we walked from garden to garden.

The Southwest landscape is certainly different than anything I'm used to (example: we have no grass at our house, only rocks) but it has a beauty all its own. Yes, I've found that even the desert is beautiful.

Dale and I are planning to plant an herb garden and two raised beds in our backyard this spring. When I was a kid I hated going to Home Depot and Lowe's at least once a week (more like 2-3 times) with my mom to see what new flowers and plants had come in for the garden. Now, Home Depot is one of my favorite places to go with Dale.

I'm excited to learn more about gardening in the desert and start cultivating our own little garden together. If you ask me, spring in the ABQ isn't too shabby.


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