Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden covers an area of 57 hectares (140 acres) and shelters more than 21,000 plants, including 139 rare and endangered species. Nearly a third of the garden's plant collection is native to this desert area, especially noted for its richness in agave and cacti species. The garden protects vegetation from less extreme climates under its "shadehouses," which contain vast collections of Australian, South American, and Californian plants. As you walk through the garden, try to spot the differences between the mesquite bosque, semi-desert grassland, and upland chaparral ecosystems. Check online for current events and special exhibits, and choose a guided tour suitable to your interests and time constraints. Add Desert Botanical Garden to your Phoenix travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Phoenix trip itinerary builder .
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  • Set completely outdoors, the Desert Botanical Garden offers a close look at many cactus, birds, butterflies, and we even saw a cute lizard. You can walk around leisurely and enjoy the serenity of this...  more »
  • My friend and I had visited the zoo and decided to visit the botanical garden, too. We enjoyed it! It's very large and I had no idea there were so many different types of cacti! We saw hummingbirds an...  more »
  • We visit the Botanical Gardens at least once every year. The pathways through the various organized gardens are color coded, so you can easily follow the provided map. We are usually here in the winte...  more »
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  • More interesting for the adults than the kids. If you got kids, I highly recommend bringing or renting a stroller ($10). Because I doubt they would last long walking in the heat for plants...at least that's how my friend's 4 year old was. Adult admission was $25 and we got to view the butterfly exhibit in addition to the the garden. A great way to spend an afternoon learning and viewing a bit of history. Many beautiful photo opts. Coming from the city (SF), I don't see much cacti so I definitely enjoyed the greenery. Would recommend coming to at least once if you're in the area.
  • Serene place to visit! My mom and I got tickets to visit the Botanical Garden and it's by far one of my favorite memories I've had with her. It was a beautiful day and we made some really priceless memories. We loved the butterflies, and all of the wonderful arrangements of flowers! My mom is a professional gardener, and she absolutely fell in love with this place. We are both from New York, and we are used to being surrounded by flowers, and lavish wildlife. The Desert Botanical Garden was very much like an oasis. Truly breathtaking!
  • Nice park, quite expensive entrance fee at $ 25 per adult. Then it closed early because a private event. Then another aisle closed for another private event. Then sold out for the extra public event. Left looking at cactus you'll see on the roadside. Okay still they've a nice collection. The signage is poor, no explanations or almost about the plants you're looking at. Have your phone with to google your own tour!
  • Arrived on Thursday evening while on a business trip. Too bad by the time we got there it was getting dark. The park is well maintained. Great to see all the desert plants. It was mid November when I was there. Temperature cools down quite a bit after sunset. Bring a light sweater or a scarf. I ended up buying a sweater from the gift shop which costs $50! In addition, we paid full price ($25) even we can't see much (half of the trails were already closed, and you can't really see anything far when it's dark). I think if they could charge less after sunset that'll be awesome. Would like to visit again during the day if possible.
  • I just LOVE the Desert Botanical Gardens! It's truly a GEM in the desert! I love that it's "Centrally" located between Tempe & Phx/Scottsdale. Makes a great place to meet friends coming from around the valley. It's such a GREAT time of year now to enjoy & get some exercise...Let's GO!!! :)

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