The Elderberry Pond and Riparian area where lovely dragonflies hover all around us. Cattails stands flourished in the wetlands of the Arboretum.
It might have been the change in altitude, but it seemed like the wildflowers here in the "high country" were so much more delicate and fragile.
One of the great ideas I'll take home with me. Long strips of shiny, silvery ribbon strips hung from the eaves to keep the birds at bay. They also made excellent use of their abundant rocks, using them for paths, seating, and garden boarders.
This is the cactus house which reminded me of Mr. McGregors garden from Beatrix Potter's tales of Peter Rabbit. Lots of pots and plants pleasantly askew.
This is the horticulture center, where 2500 species of high elevation plants are housed. A passive solar greenhouse used for research is also packed with growing plants.
Lupines, columbines, bee balm, scarlet gilia, and blanket flower spill onto the garden paths.
Inside the horticulture center it was warm and sunny, just right for these rows and rows of seedlings and transplants.
The potting station, lined with garbage cans and filled with compost and other good stuff. As you enter, one of my favorite aromas fill the air, moist earth! The Flagstaff Arboretum isn't a typical botanical garden with formal structure and lines, it has more of a park atmosphere. Really, you can barely tell where the boundary lines begin and end. It gently blends right into the magnificent scenery that we call Arizona!