First up, the jardin botanico called El Charco del Ingenio, on the outskirts of town.
Between the high-desert plants, the sienna-toned architecture and religious signs like this one, this garden is otherwordly, and utterly sublime. The 220 acres include a world-famous cactus collection, indigenous plant preserve, the most imaginative children’s garden I’d ever seen, ceremonial spaces and ruins, too – real ones! (Chanticleer, you wish!)
I visited this past Sunday, Mexican Independence Day, when the famous Jardin in the center of town was festive with parades and brass bands, but this jardin was a quiet refuge. It came as no surprise to learn that the Dalai Lama sanctified this site as a Peace Zone.
Lots of Mexican wildflowers were familiar to me – they’re “annuals” back home.
The Children’s Garden includes the stunning “Pollinators Garden” above and below. Think this would work in Maryland?
- More cool features in the Children’s Garden.