The Aquarium, a restaurant, snack bar, gift shop and the Botanic Gardens open off a central courtyard.
A friendly docent greeted me at the entry to the Botanic Garden.
While a dragon guarded the Children's Fantasy Garden.
Workers were setting up displays for Christmas light, that's why there is a wooden palm tree near the tent covered stage.
Several pair of wood ducks live in the pond.
It was definitely fall in the gardens.
It was such a beautiful day, I didn't go into the Conservatory.
My favorite part, the Japanese Garden.
A path circles around a central pond offering photo op after photo op. :)
The garden was clearly planned to incorporate the native Cottonwood trees.
Including the dead wood!
Stepping stones cross the many water features that flow into the pond.
I can't imagine how I could miss a spider this big, but an employee had to point it out.
More stepping stones.
Curvy bench creates an inviting spot to relax.
And a last peak at the waterfall......
If you ever get a chance to visit this garden, do it! I only skimmed the surface; and did I mention there is a walking trail along the Rio Grande River?!?