My outdoorsy friends suggested we meet here for a tour of the botanical garden. Eh, I thought, what the heck could a desert "garden" hold? We-4 adults and 3 kids aged 10-16-were completely engrossed. The day we visited there was a cactus sale and a talk on foods found in the desert, including suggestions of what to eat if we were strangely alone in the desert with no food. We were able to sample edible items from various bushes and trees as well as mesquite flour cookies and a nopales (prickly pear) salad-both delicious! The guide then led us on an informative walk through the botanical garden including a large tent of "rescued" cacti. It is still very early in spring so plants are just starting to bloom. We were assured that July and August are beautiful times to visit-don't fear the heat as it cools off every night. We are considering a return trip!
Your admission is good for 3 days so be sure to go early on in your visit to save time to return if you missed something. They close at 5:00 and time got away from us quickly.
The staff/volunteers are friendly and well informed. They are very patient with a variety of questions and you get a good idea of who and how people inhabit this remote part of Texas.
Onsite is also a silver mine mock up with a lovely volunteer guide. Very kid friendly.
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