On my way home from the mountains in early fall, I headed over to a fantastic botanical garden that demonstrates the abundance this state can produce, when we have water.
This part of the valley is full of citrus that is exported to the nation and world
Pretty, but dry
In the very small city of Woodlake in Tulare County (too-lary) they had an excellent, if narrow, botanical garden. This very cool willow was in the parking lot
The garden is long and narrow, with a hillside as the backdrop
They had seating and trellises
And various demonstration gardens, like this low water area to the right
Butterflies knew what’s up here
This must be how they can keep it so lush, it is on the edge of a large man-made lake
Rose of Sharon, like a hibiscus but hardy
Then they had the food crop demonstration garden, this was a black jalapeno
And a red chile
Little thai chiles
Fun colored sweet peppers
And groves of citus
Not sure what this is, but watch out for those spines
They are sweet, without the acid or bitterness often found in other citrus
And the grapes!
So many kinds. These concord were so deeply flavored it hurt
These globes were so luxurious and full of water
And the best raisins I’ve ever had, ever.
There was a community garden next to the botanical one with lots of cool stuff that my camera couldn’t quite capture, but got this shot of the bananas and castor beans (yes, they are highly toxic)
Next Time: Drought-Stricken Lake Oroville