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Overland Park, Kansas
November 24, 2002
You walk through at your own pace and take whatever time you want to look at the various exhibits. There is an indoor building for the cactus, which probably wouldn't survive in Albuquerque as well as they do in the more arid and warmer areas of New Mexico.
For the kids, the Children's Fantasy Garden offers oversized exhibits as mentioned in the Most Fun for Kids area. Actually as adults, we enjoyed this exhibit also.
Cost wise, this can be very economical if you belong to your local Friends of the Zoo as it is reciprocal with most of them. Plus, a one day pass for the Rio Grande Zoo, the Aquarium, and the Botanical Garden is available.
From journal Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico
, New Mexico
August 11, 2002
For instance the dragon! He guards the entrance to the Children’s Fantasy Garden. If you are traveling with kids, or like me, never quite grew up, this is a must. Walk through the underground tunnel, bristling with roots and earthworms the size of pythons and exit into a world where pinecones are six feet long, bumble bees are the size of eagles and watering cans are big enough to live in. Though the Children’s Garden has been open nearly a year, they were still working on it when we were there, laying down more walkways that look like fossil beds – though I suspect the dinosaur foot prints were made by the dragon!
Back in the real world there is also a hint of whimsy. Just a dragon’s breath away from the Children’s garden is the ornate Rosalie Doolittle Fountain, a maze of shiny tile and bubbling water built to honor the guru of southwest gardening and a driving force behind the creation of the Gardens.
The entire center area is a large lawn called the Festival Green, shaded by ancient cottonwoods. Along one side a model railroad meanders through villages, across tressles, and mountain passes. Across the Green, next to the pond are the two conservatories. The larger of the two is a two-story Mediterranean garden, the other the plants of the desert, which in summer, is opened to the warm desert air. This garden continues to spill out into the back of the conservatory. Here, if you have an interest in herbs, both for cooking and healing, you will find the curandera (wise woman, healer, witch – take your pick) garden.
At the far side of the pond is an odd shaped building with screens instead of walls. This is the Butterfly Pavilion and inside, every inch of the area around the paths inside is covered in flowers and the air filled with something like 40 species of butterflies. This is an absolute don’t miss. It is open only in the warm months and if you can, try to imagine hundreds of butterflies flitting around you as you walk down the paths. Truly magnificent.
From journal Duke City Diversions - Part I