The Huntingon Desert Garden in Pasadena California is magical and other worldly. Established in 1905 it is now has one of the largest collections of specimen cacti and succulents in the world.
The focus of the garden is on desert plants that surprise in their color, form and texture. And the architecture of the garden plan reveals the beauty of the plants with confidence. This feels like art not nature.
Strong garden design using plants most of us are not familiar with have created a place both surreal and utterly special. It feels like you are underwater.
Dr. Suess meets Spore meets Fine Gardening.
A great book featuring the Huntington Desert Garden among others is "Desert Gardens by Melba Levick and Gary Lyons. ISBN:0-8478-2187-0, Rizzoli Publications.
This place definitely constitutes an adventure.