Grand Junction, Colorado

Mesa County Arboretum and Gardens

26,000 square feet of manicured gardens, including a 3500 square foot cactus and succulent garden, are available for viewing 24/7 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds on Hwy 50 south of Grand Junction. Newest addition is the 51,000 square foot arboretum. These gardens and arboretum are maintained by Colorado State University Extension staff and master Gardeners. Cacti, Succulents and other Xeric Plants are maintained by the Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society, Chinle Chapter. Photo: Claret cup Echinocereus triglochidiatus (ek-in-oh-SER-ee-us tri-glow-kid-ee-AY-ta)This native’s range is from southeastern California to southwestern Texas and northern Colorado to southern Arizona. The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds. They prefer a habitat in the rocky, gravelly, and/or sandy soil of the deserts, desert grasslands, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. [ info ]

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