The Acacia Demonstration Gardens in Henderson, just off the 215 Freeway and Gibson Road, is a wonderful botanical garden hidden away among track houses and the Henderson Spaghetti Bowl. The gardens offer a number of different landscaping motifs, all geared towards minimal water usage.
The garden opened in 2004 and has grown steadily since then. It is called a demonstrative garden because it serves to demonstrate what types of trees, plants, and flowers can thrive in our desert environment.
Specifically, the botanical park has ten different demonstrative gardens, each with its own theme. For instance, the Allergen Friendly Garden features only plants that are hypoallergenic; the Cactus Garden features only cacti; and so on.
There is also a trail beginning on the backside of the garden that follows alongside the railway. It is called the Union Pacific Railroad Trail. The section that begins at the gardens is only about 0.7 miles long, but when all of the planned additions to it are fully completed, the trail will stretch all the way to Nevada State College. In fact, over 18 miles worth of trails are planned for the future. It is not a loop trail, so plan to walk back the same way. Trains seem to be few and far between, so you likely will not see any, but you may get lucky.
The park is located at 50 Casa Del Fuego St. (at Gibson Road and Las Palmas Entradas Avenue), Henderson, NV
Find out more about the gardens here: Acacia Demonstration Gardens
You can view a map of the Union Pacific Trail here: union_pacific_railroad_trail_south.pdf
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