There are two botanical gardens in the United States I love; the first being in St.Louis and the second is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Just came back from a wonderful trip to Phoenix, Arizona and loved the architecture and the plants. It's not even summer there yet but by noon at the Botanical Garden the heat was getting to me and I felt like this photograph, dusty and well worn.
Lunch in the shade at their restaurant, Gertrudes, certainly helped. The Sagauro Cactus are magnificent and are like sentinels on the landscape and home to birds.
Oh I got to see a roadrunner for the first time in my life, and they are just like the cartoon. They are so funny to watch.