More Sculpture Saturday.
St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery is located in the desert outside Florence, Arizona. The monastery’s water comes from three wells, each a quarter-mile deep, which turn the grounds into an oasis.
Adding to the beauty of the plants are the many outdoor structures and decorative brickwork.
And the fountains.
And the statuary.
The monks also grow several kinds of citrus, and olives.
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, that is. My daughter Katie recently invited me to be her guest there. We saw loads of gorgeous cactus (click on smaller photos to enlarge and see captions):
And lots of wildflowers (at least, I think they are wildflowers; if I’m wrong, please tell me):
I think these are orchids:
This is called desert rose:
Closeup of desert rose:
Parts of the garden are sort of wild and natural; other parts have paths and lighting.
Beautiful inlaid tile mosaic in a garden wall:
We were there on a Friday morning. It was so peaceful.
One section of the garden features vegetables and herbs. I thought the squash blossoms
and the Korean chives were especially lovely:
Twelve more sources of creative inspiration: