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Spring Flower Shows in Albuquerque

March 13th, 2014

Albuquerque is Blooming! Trees are popping open their flowers all over the city in yards and at businesses. The daffodils are breaking ground, the tulips are right there with them, but the real show, going on now and lasting for weeks ahead, is at the ABQ Botanic Garden. Let me tell you about the Flower Shows in Albuquerque this Spring.

Two of these shows run back-to-back and are held in the Mediterranean Conservatory on the Botanic Garden grounds, and at the ABQ Zoo Tropical Americana (March Madness).

Pink HydrangeaMarch Madness Flower Show
March 8 through April 4, 2014 – 9am – 5pm
All the flowers of Spring will be on display in the Mediterranean Conservatory, rain or shine, warm or cold. The show extends to the Zoo as well! Come take in the color!

BellflowerSpring Pastels Flower Show
April 5 through 30, 2014 – 9am to 5pm
Beautiful pastel hydrangeas, blue, pink, lavender, white and green and fuschias galore!

 

Also at the ABQ Botanic Garden, and brought to you by The Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs:
“Burst into Spring! – Welcome to a World of Flowers”
April 12, 2014 – Noon to 5pm
April 13, 2014 – 9am to 5pm

All events held at:
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central NW, near Old Town
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87014

Price of General Admission to the Botanic Garden is all you pay for all the events. There are too many price configurations to repeat here, so please visit this link for admission info.

The ABQ Botanic Garden is part of the Albuquerque BioPark, which also includes the ABQ Aquarium, on site with the Botanic Garden), and the ABQ Zoo, with is just a short ride by car or the small train that connects them. All aboard! Parking is FREE at all locations.

I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

Sleeping in a Tree, Down by the River

February 4th, 2014

This weekend a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook that she took while walking down by the Rio Grande. Her photos were really good and I share them here. The words she used for the post inspired another friend to comment that it sounded like a campfire song. I agreed, and having had an encounter of the third kind with the same creature, I wrote my friend a song. It’s a true story, but later.

IMG_1037Now, I’m no songwriter, by any stretch, so there is no melody yet. Maybe someone will feel moved to put some music to it. It’s just some fun.

What does this have to do with our bed and breakfast and/or Albuquerque, one might ask. Well, it’s all about the creature we encountered and where it lives, which is very close by in Albuquerque’s *bosque.

Just two and a half miles from Adobe Nido is a wonderful woodland that surrounds the Rio Grande. This is where you’ll find the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, over 400 acres of nature preserve that makes you feel so secluded from the city that it’s almost laughable. It will, at very least, make you smile and relax. The city is no where in sight, and you’re right in the center of it.

The Albuquerque bosque offers everyone an easy walk down to the river as well as 17 miles of biking, blading, walking and running trails. It’s a birder paradise too, and yes – this time of year you’ll see porcupines sleeping in the trees. Here’s my song, and the first two lines are what Erin wrote in her Facebook post to start my madness.

Porcupine in a treeSleeping in a Tree, Down by the River

I saw a porcupine way up in a tree,
this morning down by the river
The sun was shining warm on me,
but the cold air made me shiver

I remember you in our yard one night,
rain misting ’round your quills,
Curled up in a ball you gave me a fright,
it made my heart stand still

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up in the trees, in a cold, cold breeze, how will you find a wife?

Porcupine close up, in a treeNot having seen your kind or smell,
our dog walked up to sniff
“No Mini, get inside” we yelled,
and she barely got a whiff

When Mini went inside the house,
we heard her sneeze and wheeze
Four quills, we found, had pierced her nose,
she asked “remove them, please?

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up in the trees, in a cold, cold breeze, how will you find a wife?

We saved the quills you left behind,
when into the night you sauntered
tree damaged by porcupineWe taped them to the office door,
and left them there to ponder…

why God created one so dear,
so odd, so slow, yet dangerous
So meek and docile and yet feared,
A lonely life, it seems to us

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up there in the trees, do you ever sneeze? I hope you find a wife?
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*Bosque is the name for areas of gallery forest found along the riparian flood plains of stream and river banks in the southwestern United States. It’s  the Spanish word for woodlands.
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I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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