Today's garden spot is a little bit different from the lush, tropical gardens of Florida that I've been sharing. Barton Warnock Center, in Lajitas, Texas, serves as the eastern gateway to the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Set against a stark, southwestern backdrop, it covers two acres, and is filled with plants of the Chihauhaun Desert. These include native cacti, desert shrubs, and trees.
On the self-guided tour, visitors will learn how geology shaped the cultural heritage of the area - how plants, animals, and humans adapted to the harsh conditions of the desert, and how the plants were used for food, shelter, and medicine by the early inhabitants.
The Center is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission for adults is $5.00. Children under twelve are admitted free.