Cactus and Succulent Garden #mbgdesertgarden
When My Big Backyard was built in 2009 the former cactus garden was displaced. A piece of the one and only cactus in that garden, Opuntia, was relocated to what is the Desert Garden today; which is in the South parking lot island in front of the Rick Pudwell Horticultural Center. This location was chosen because parking lots are the most "desert-like" environments availabe in the MidSouth.
The Desert Garden is technically a collection of Xeric plants—Xerophytes from around the world. Xeric means adapted to low rainfall environments. This garden has no supplemental irrigation but the planting medium was engineered to simulate the rocky and sandy conditions these plant naturally inhabit.
Plants you can see in this garden are: cacti, succulents, flowering bulbs, grasses, and sub-shrubs, each having its own growth cycle connected to rainfall. So, visit frequently as there will always be something new happening. Mid-April to Mid-June you can be sure to see an abundance of blooms!