Desert Treasures and Winter Blooms 

See a host of exotic cacti and other succulents, ranging from a 200-pound barrel cactus to the pin cushion-sized hen chick. Marvel at the great variety in nature: the spiky, blue-gray agave (used for tequila and mezcal), the leathery euphorbia, the furry white Old Man Cactus, the “living stones” lithops and the brilliant blossom-tipped Christmas cactus. Some of the more than 30 varieties on display were donated by Kansas State University after a tornado damaged their conservatory two years ago. Others are long-time residents of the Gardens’ greenhouses. Cool-season flowers add a splash of spring color to the desert exhibit; these include cyclamen, ranunculus, primula, gloxinia and fuchsia.
Jan. 9-March 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

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