Gem #2 was the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College - another freebie and a pleasant surprise.
I guess they do things in a big way.
Being a water conservation garden, you expect to see cactus and desert plants.
As well as palo verde trees, aloe, and other plants that we see in Mesa.
But they also showed how to create areas of low water usage which included some grass.
Isn't this lovely? It's clivia lily (clivia miniata.)
I guess the garden takes a lot of trimming.
Butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) is popular with the monarch butterfly for its nectar and as a food source for the monarch caterpillar. I had one of these plants when I lived in Florida and by the end of the summer, it was stripped of leaves. I hope I helped out the monarch population.
I really enjoyed the garden and Ron read all the informational signs. I guess it's a right brain/left brain thing. Or maybe a Mars/Venus thing.