Last week while in Albuquerque I discovered a wonderful native plant demonstration garden at the Rio Grande Nature Center, which I stumbled upon quite accidentally as I was driving to meet a friend for lunch and then go birding on Sandia Crest.

I realized that I was early for lunch, so I decided to drop by to check it out. Imagine my surprise as I walked down the path to see a sign for the Native Plant Gardens. I turned and walked back the path–and entered nirvana!

Native grasses, cacti, and blooming perennials lined the winding wooded pathways, with some high raised beds mixed in–and every plant was even labeled, making it very easy to learn more about each of the plants in each area.

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