Desert Glory

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Death Valley may be getting all the press with its third best wildflower blooming in 20 years, but an amazing explosion of desert color is far closer.

Just 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve’s gardens are awash in blooming cactus, wildflowers and perennials.

The 180-acre cultural and historical attraction houses exhibits, art galleries, desert wildlife, hiking trails, playground, gift shop and Wolfgang Puck cafe. But right now the 8-acre gardens are the featured attraction.

The gardens are home to more than 400 trees and plants, some more than 20 years old. Most of the plants were grown from seeds collected in the Las Vegas Valley and the native cactus and Yucca species were salvaged from local land being developed for commercial or residential use.

A walk through the gardens showcases:

  • Fruit trees grown in containers
  • Vegetable gardens in raised beds
  • Herb garden
  • Rose garden
  • Cactus Gardens organized by native and foreign species
  • Palm Oasis, representing a dozen different palm species
  • Desert wetland area

The Springs Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  $18.95 for adults, $17.05 for seniors 65 and older and $10.95 for children 5-17 years old. Children 4 and younger are free. Nevada residents receive discounted rates.

For full-screen version of the photos, click on the FS button in the lower right of the slideshow. Photos copyright Jennifer Whitehair.

Jennifer Whitehair

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Jennifer grew up believing everyone had slot machines in their convenience stores and celebrated Oct. 31 (Nevada day) with a day off from school. Jennifer has a background in journalism and worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Northern and Southern Nevada, before joining in 1996. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other publications. She covers every part of Las Vegas for and loves tracking down vanishing pieces of historic and vintage Vegas. You can find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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