The Desert Pavilion displays plants native to arid regions of the world. One side of the pavilion is devoted to those from North and South America, including the southwestern United States, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. The other side includes those from Africa, Madagascar, the Canary Islands, and Australia.
The shrubs, trees, cacti, succulents, and wildflowers here illustrate the diversity of desert plant life as well as different adaptations developed to survive a desert climate. Highlights include the collection of Madagascan plants, lithops, desert ephemerals, and wildflowers.
Cleistocactus samaipatanus (cleistocactus) in flower. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Aloe ferox (cape aloe) in flower. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Peruvian snowball (Espostoa lanata) cactus. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
Graptopetalum superbum. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Nymania capensis (Chinese lantern tree). Photo by Blanca Begert.
Desert Pavilion curator Caitlin Ndoye introduces us to BBG’s unique and important collection of plant specimens from the world’s desert and arid regions.