by Harry Potter
New York, New York
May 24, 2002
All the plants are well-marked with signs indicating their species and where they are from. The flowers and plants appear in rows bordered by perfectly manicured walls of green bushes. The vibrant tulips mixed of red and yellow appear like a blaze of fire in the shining sun. There are also some sculptures and benches on which to relax along the periphery of the garden so the atmosphere can be soaked up in your own time. The fresh air and birds chirping can almost make you forget that the city of Madrid lies just outside.
My favorite part of the garden was actually the Invernadero Exhibit housed in a glass building at the corner of the gardern. Transcending into this oasis I was surrounded by desert plants from all over America and Africa. The climate was controlled and there was a major change of temperature and humidity from one room to the next. The abundant and fascinating cacti species were awe-inspiring to me, especially the spinely cacti. There is also an Amazon rain forest complete with spraying mist to keep up the humidity. Thus there are signs to indicate the doors need to be properly closed after passing into the room. There are 2 levels in the exhibit and accessing the top level gives you a different view of the plant world below. If you love cacti like I do, you must go visit.
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