While balcony container gardeners enjoy their small-space urban gardens, sometimes a few container plants on an apartment balcony above a busy street just isn’t peaceful enough. Balcony gardeners might not be able to have a peaceful, large garden, but there are public gardens and arboretums near every major city. Don’t just fawn over pictures of luxurious gardens, get out there and enjoy a day at a public garden! You may even bring some gardening inspiration home to your own balcony container garden.
If you live in or are visiting the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, why not visit the Springs Preserve?
- Springs Preserve was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1978 and includes remnants of early settlers (a burned house, an ancestral Puebloan dwelling and more).
- You can walk or bike the Springs Preserve 2 to 3 miles of trails through 110 acres (the whole preserve is 180 acres). Bike rentals are $8 per hour, plus $4 for each additional half-hour for nonmembers.
- The Springs Preserve includes more than 1,200 plants, including native cacti and Yucca species saved from local land being developed for commercial use or residential communities.
- Gardens at the Springs Preserve include Cactus Gardens, Palm Oasis, Rose Garden, Vegetable and Fruit Gardens and more.
- Make sure to visit the Desert Living Center (made of seven green buildings, including the Activity center, which runs on solar power) to learn and sign up for weekend gardening classes and get expert advice and information about plants and gardening.
- Visit the Origen Museum (derived from the words “original” and “generations”) to see more than 75 permanent exhibits and the 70,000-square-foot Nevada State Museum. Both museums are included in the Springs Preserve general admission.
Springs Preserve Quick Info
333 S. Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
Admission $19 ($11 for children under 18, $17 seniors and students with ID, $10 and under Nevada residents)
Open daily 10am-6pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day