To lead someone down the garden path is to deceive them, which is especially poignant when you don't show up for a promised make-out session in the butterfly garden. Enjoy a no-nonsense botanical tour with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a guided tour for four people at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens (a $20 value). Tours are available by appointment only during regular business hours (Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.) and with a minimum of one week's notice.
The Amarillo Botanical Gardens showcase foliage indigenous to both Texas and far-off exotic lands, such as Oklahoma. The guided tour highlights the varied plants that thrive in Texas's hot, arid climate, such as the yellow plant that lends the Amarillo garden—and the town itself—its Spanish name. As much a tour of the 4-acre landscape as of its plants, the expedition crosses under a wooden pergola into one of Amarillo's several rose gardens, strolls past statues of fiddle-playing frogs, and climbs to higher altitudes in the High Desert garden. In the butterfly garden, the lush, delicious greenery cradles developing lepidoptera through every stage, from larva to Mothra, and the Meadow Garden's open grassland lets wild horseflies gallop free.
A giant glass backdrop to the outdoor gardens, the centerpiece of the tour is the tropical conservatory, in which bananas and oranges spring up amid waterfalls and bright orchids. The tour may quickly become a safari, as the gardens are home to all kinds of fauna, such as hummingbirds, rambunctious toddlers, and fish bathing in the Japanese lily ponds.