Stunning Sonora; Arizona’s Desert Botanical Gardens & The Tovrea Castle

Desert Botanical Gardens, without question, is my favourite place near Phoenix, Arizona. The gardens span 140 acres in the Sonoran Desert with 55 acres currently under cultivation. More than 25,000 documented/monitored species are available to view in over 50,000 plant displays, representing 100 plant groups and over 4,200 individual taxa that make up its living collection. …

Amitabha Stupa; Sedona’s Serene Buddhist Peace Park

Sedona, Arizona is known for its natural beauty and the “soul” of the landscape, so it makes sense that a lovely Buddhist stupa would make a home there.  Stupa, the Sanskrit word for heap, is a prominent and ancient type of sacred Buddhist architecture that predates Buddhism itself. These sepulchers are for burying spiritual artifacts,…