Bat Faced, Chicken Gizzard, Candle plants were just a few of
the unique names that adorned the name tags.
We were simply overwhelmed with
all the different types of plants as we walked along the paths at the Botanica Garden
Bob and Nancy had suggested that we would like to spend an
easy day viewing the flowers and plants at the Garden. As soon as we arrived
and strolled through the gateway, we were surprised to see such a profusion of
flowers. It was fall, a time when we don’t expect such color back home in Wyoming.
As we continued Nancy pointed out the large number of Monarch
Butterflies. It seems we had lucked out just as the Monarch migration was
moving through the area! The Monarchs were everywhere but were especially attracted
to the nectar from a blue floweing plant. How many can you see in the image above?
A few had been tagged with a dot on their left wing, someone
was conducting a migration study, but the dot didn’t seem to bother the
butterflies. Hummingbird moths were also feeding on the same plants, but their
frenetic feeding did not allow us a chance for a great image, they were moving
One part of the garden was filled with plants that would
attract birds and we did see a crested titmouse, along with a pygmy nuthatch. There
were other lgb’s, little grey birds, that we were not able to identify, but
that’s par for the course.
Hibiscus stood out along the paths in brilliant reds,
yellows, and oranges.
A strange looking
milkweed had huge balloon shaped pods and of course I can’t remember the full
To paraphrase Enrico Fermi, ‘If I could remember the names of all the plants
I would have become a botanist.’
Another beautiful and delicate flower with an
appropriate name, was called cat whiskers.
A butterfly dome was another attraction and upon entering we
saw a delicate orange winged butterfly along with a zebra moth, aptly named
because of its stripes.
Leaving the dome, we entered the Haunted Forest where
trees had been created from stone and wood to make a delightful fairy garden.
I was able to climb down through the hollowed-out head of a
tree giant, it was probably meant for children, but as a retired person I also
The rules change when you are retired!
Another path led us to a series of chimes and we all stopped to play the pipes
It would be fun to set one up at our place in Star Valley, but I am
sure the neighbors would soon tire of the ringing.
A small grotto contained the largest kaleidoscope we have
ever seen, and the focus was a large potted gardenia. We all took turns looking
through the spy glass while spinning the potted plant. The entire garden was a
series of beautiful flowers and magic like devices!
We ate lunch at the cafeteria and then entered the Chinese
Garden. The entrance way was adorned with beautiful jade figurines, and two large
Foo Dog Statues guarded the entrance. As we neared the pond a school of Koi
swam to us looking for food.
It was a great day with friends, and a great way to relax
and forget about the tiring drive across the Rockies. The thing I will most
remember is the plethora of colorful flowers, the multitude of Monarchs, and
the quiet of the Botanica Garden.
Thank you, Nancy and Bob!