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The greenhouse at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Cactus Garden is never open to the public, but a peek inside shows a small, but interesting, collection.  This would be a perfectly-suited greenhouse for my personal collection.  If only I had room to install one …

The greenhouse at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Cactus Garden is never open to the public, but a peek inside shows a small, but interesting, collection. This would be a perfectly-suited greenhouse for my personal collection. If only I had room to install one …

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I have finally started editing my photos from Ethel M Chocolates Flagship Store, Factory Tour & Cactus Garden.  If you’ve never heard of Ethel M chocolates, it is named after the wife of Mr. Mars, Ethel, and created by her grandson in 1981.  The chocolate brand is based on her original recipes and is preservative-free and made on-site in small batches.  It is pretty good stuff, but I really wanted to see the Cactus Garden.

According to their website, “Ethel M® Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M® Botanical Cactus Garden features four acres of drought-tolerant ornamentals, cacti, and other succulents.

With a landscape base of 15,000 cubic yards of sandy fill and a special planting soil, the beds were raised and rookeries constructed using 400 tons of rock, thereby providing the best possible viewing experience for visitors.

Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada. The types of rock used are Utah Bali Hai chocolate and Arizona moss rock (from the Grand Canyon region).”

With well over 100 pictures, I will be breaking them down by theme, but I have a few overall thoughts to share.  First, I hated that they still had the cacti decorated for Christmas.  Granted, they are well known for this display, as a purist - I abhor those neon grafted Gymnocalycium mihanovichii friedrichii that all the box stores sell - I was a little disappointed.  That being said, it was fairly impossible to take pictures with lights and decorations…so be it!

This set is of walkways around the gardens.  While there is a lot of concrete to serve the crowds of tourists that visit each day, it really didn’t overwhelm the landscape.  Enjoy!

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Cacti are grouped together and ready for vacation watering - crazy that I have to worry about them getting enough water and that New Mexico will be 10 degrees cooler (upper 90s).   Can’t wait to see some Santa Fe gardens!

Cacti are grouped together and ready for vacation watering - crazy that I have to worry about them getting enough water and that New Mexico will be 10 degrees cooler (upper 90s). Can’t wait to see some Santa Fe gardens!