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It All Began in a Garden Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden, Las Vegas NV

Ethel M's awe inspiring Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada's largest and one of the world's most complete collections of cacti and other succulents. The plants are laid out in a very natural looking three acre setting and, of course, they are all chosen for their drought resistant qualities.

The garden contains over 300 species of plants. Fully half are cacti and succulents mostly native to the American Southwest. The remainder are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern U.S, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen for their beauty and their adaptability to the climate of Southern Nevada.

Don't touch the flowers... they all bite!

One thing all the plants have in common - a determination to survive in some of the most inhospitable conditions.

Some of the plants offer respite from the sun while others provide food.

Not every plant is harsh and threatening, some produce lovely blossoms in addition to thorns.

And they are a wonderland of textures.

Looks almost soft, but don't be fooled, they are not.

Be careful - if you stay out in the heat too long you may start to think you see Mickey.

Created By
Cathy Bennington
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Credits:

C. J. Bennington Fine Art Photography