Revitalization Adds New Life to Cactus Garden
by Jeff Pavlat
The Cactus Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden has recently been transformed by a much-needed revitalization. The project—funded by the AAGC Horticulture Committee with donations from the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society—has enhanced the botanic diversity of the garden. Visitors can see a variety of succulent species appropriate for Central Texas gardens.
The original center bed has been replanted, with the front portion completed last year. A large blue container with a Mexican Grass Tree (Dasylirion quadrangulatum) has been added as a focal point, surrounded by several Golden Barrels (Echinocactus grusonii). A variety of species of cacti, euphorbia, and agave create a dramatic visual landscape in the garden. The revitalization process will continue, as new species are added.