Thursday, January 8, 2009

Quail Botanical Gardens

Down the road, about a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean, our town has a 32 acre botanical garden with meandering trails that wind through a significant collection of flora. We walked there earlier this week and took our cameras along for fun.

The gardens are organized into desert, Mediterranean and tropical/sub-tropical areas and cover 15 distinct geographical regions. Quail Gardens is said to have one of the world's most extensive collections of bamboo species. The wind off the ocean blows up the hill and rustles through the tallest groves. Given the size of these stalks, it's hard to imagine that bamboo is actually a type of grass.

My daughter, standing amongst the stalks, gives perspective to their size.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

*covets your daughter's boots*

Looks like a lovey spot to visit.
The bamboo is impressive!