Sunday, December 8, 2013

Deck The Cactus With Holiday Lights

                  Cactus gardens traditionally do not inspire warm, fuzzy feelings like a
                              Currier and Ives winter scene on a Christmas card.

Few would think to string lights on succulent and cactus plants with sharp, pointy spines, much less turn an entire cactus garden into, well, a holiday winter wonderland.

But why not?

The Ethel M Chocolate factory near Las Vegas, Nevada, makes it a tradition to light their gorgeous cactus garden every year during the holidays.

I was here (click the link) just last February to visit this garden and chocolate factory.
At that time, my niece told me about this spectacular holiday light display she saw last year. The notion took me by surprise. Coincidentally, I was back in Las Vegas in mid-November, just in time to see it for myself. It is beautiful. Every plant is wrapped in little lights.

agave lit up in green,


and blue.

And opuntia in multi-colored hues.

And if we are lucky,

what happens in Vegas won't just stay in Vegas. This is 
worth sharing.

Merry Christmas from GardenEnvy!

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  1. Why not indeed, and the effect is amazing!!

  2. Hi Jeannine, nice to see a new post from you! Who would have thought about dressing up cacti with Christmas lights. One more proof that anything goes in Las Vegas! I just wouldn't like to be the person, who has to do the job. Aaaoouch!

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    1. Do it! The chocolates are really good, too. It's a two for one!

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  5. Wow! Beautiful! Who would guess cactus was under all this lights? Just be sure to wear sturdy gloves when stringing them!

  6. Merry Christmas Jeannine. I love holiday lights on desert plants...I grew to love them when I lived in Arizona...seeing lights on palm trees and cactus was such a new delight. Thanks for bringing these lovely displays to brighten my gray days.


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