In late July 2013, several friends and I traveled to Palm Springs, California for the annual American Society of Horticultural Science conference. During a low-key afternoon, Allison, Halley, Hunter, Jenn, and I piled into a car (with two gallons of water just in case!) to trek to Joshua Tree National Park. I had heard that it would be one of the most surreal landscapes I had ever seen, but I had no idea how touching the experience would be. The iconic plant was the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), named for the story in the Bible of Joshua raising his spear to the sky.
Around this time of the year when the sun is bearing down and the dry wind blows some dust in your face, it takes me back to that searing desert. But, what’s the point at looking at a landscape so foreign to many of our gardens? For me as a budding horticulturist, it made me aware that there is a plant for every place, even if conditions are ruthless. This desert reminds me that come the onslaught of summer there are still plants that will perform well for us in the heat and the drought. We just have to look for them.
Enjoy the photos as I reminisce about our trip.