Best Secret Garden

While bigger cities may boast bigger gardens, this one is an alluring mix of tucked-away beauty and hands-on design.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2005

More than 5,000 species of plants are in glorious bloom at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, a five-acre desert oasis in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. While bigger cities may boast bigger gardens, this one is an alluring mix of tucked-away beauty and hands-on design: It was once the home of landscaper Rutger Porter and his wife, Bernice, a naturalist. During the Depression they brought pine trees, ivy and rosebushes from the East Coast, where the Porters were born, and the transplants thrived in the hot, dry desert. The garden grew and grew — and opened to the public in 1975.

Today, visitors enjoy 15 different gardens, including some with Native American crops and Southwest succulents. A soothing new addition this year: a Japanese Zen garden with traditional raked gravel and stone.

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    • http://www.4-outdoor.com/ Ula Heximer

      That does look like a wonderful place. A garden is almost like a work or art, like a sculpture. You work on the landscape, and carefully take care of the plants to ensure that they bloom properly and beautifully. Being able to enjoy the sight and beauty of nature is a prize worth the effort.