A Walk through the Gardens



This winter-hardy cactus is Opuntia, sometimes called prickly pear cactus. Its fruits and paddles are edible!

Late summer fruit, Opuntia pears

And the man that keeps the 95 acres growing (and the garden society’s resident hero)!


All Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.

Groundskeeper, Tim Simon
St. Francis Retreat Center

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