But if you were to design an environment to accommodate succulents - descendants of plants which adapted to dry, hot conditions when the earth began to warm up after the last Ice Age - that would be the ticket.
Spring is a spectacular time to visit the desert. If you live in Belltown, nine days prior to spring's official start is a great time to visit the Conservatory in Volunteer Park. Why wait. Since it's founding in 1912, the Conservatory has evolved into five houses. You'll find the cacti in the warm and dry one. If you can't make it, check out a few more here.