As COVID continues to rage we took an outdoor hiking vacation to El Paso and the surrounding parks. A flat tire left us stranded in El Paso for an entire day waiting for a replacement. We ended up checking out several local gardens including the Chihuahuan Desert Garden at UT El Paso (UTEP).
The garden meanders around a museum. I was expecting the “introduction to native plants” you find at many state parks, but the number and quality of specimens was amazing.
The UT El Paso campus had some amazing views and kinetic sculptures.
Our vacation was supposed to be hiking and this wasn’t on our schedule, but it was an unexpected surprise. This has definitely gone one my list as one of my favorite gardens in Texas. I can’t wait to go back and see it in the other seasons.
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Bummer about the flat tire, but it brought you to a very cool garden — making lemonade from lemons! I believe Christy Ten Eyck’s firm worked on the redesign of that garden, so no surprise it uses so many great native plants and fits its site so well: http://news.utep.edu/new-utep-landscape-standards-support-desert-plants/