Monday, November 14, 2016
Behind the Scenes Tour
My good friend Julie is a patron of the Desert Botanical Garden and she invited me to attend a special brunch and behind the scenes tour of the garden with her on Saturday morning. One of the stops was in the Herbarium where they have stored dried samples of thousands of plants native to the southwest and other arid climate areas.
We got to meet Wendy Hodgson, Senior Research Botanist who has worked at the garden for over 40 years. She's holding a sample of a plant she discovered years ago and has since been named after her. The tour was a fantastic source of information about a place I visit so very often. We even got to see the new research facility that is under construction and we learned how mapping experts map not only the plants in the garden but, all the facilities, lights and underground utilities that service the garden. It was a fascinating morning adventure.