After touring Sul Ross, we went straight to CDRI (Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute). We met there around noon time and had lunch. After lunch, Cathryn Hoyt gave us a tour of their collection of Chihuahuan Desert plants, then let us wander their gardens.
This is where CDRI is located:
Here are a few photos from the drive to CDRI from Alpine.
Here we are!
Here is a photo tour of CDRI’s greenhouse. They have quite the collection!
This Thelocactus bicolor is stunning! It is growing in a prefect spiral and is very tall.
Moving outside we walked through the gardens of desert plants.
Moving away from the gardens there is a short trail that leads to a lookout point. Here are some photos of what we saw along the way:
A garden area:
Here is the view:
Next comes the drive from CDRI to Big Bend National Park! Next stop – Dagger Flats!
Last edited by John C on Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
Thanks for the pics, John. Makes me realize I need to visit West Texas again soon.
The 2-year drought has been so devastating out there. I think the cactus community in Big Bend will need at least a decade to recover (especially the opuntias) assuming a normal rain pattern resumes soon.
The good news is that the park has had some decent rains recently. I'm eager to see your pictures from there.