Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks
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. Using our custom trip planner, Phoenix attractions like Desert Botanical Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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This thing was definitely a joke, I mean come on, seriously, 22 dollars to see the exact same thing you see all over the city and in the desert? We regret our visit and would not recommend this park t... read more »
What a neat place to visit. There are so many plants and cactus of every size and shape. Some were blooming flowers and others were just standing tall. It is so much bigger than I had thought, with lo... read more »
I did the full Desert Discovery Loop Trail with all recommended offshoots. It’s not a bad place to spend a warm Sunday morning but tbh once you’ve seen one cactus you’ve seen them all. No views to spe... read more »
I was able to meet with Chris and Kenny today. They are on staff there and have an amazing attitude about the place. I could tell they both felt privileged to work there and were excited to see it continually develop. Even though it was blazing hot out we had a great time looking at all of the rare and exotic trees. What an amazing place to be a part of. My business partner and I hope to find volunteer opportunities related to our arboricultural backgrounds here.
It was very hot the day we went but still very enjoyable. There are water stations with bottle refill spouts all over the gardens. The plants have labels for easy identification and the trails are well maintained. There were critters everywhere amusing us as we strolled. It was hot and not many plants were in bloom but still a very pretty place.
This place is a gorgeous feast for the eyes and a sanctuary for the soul. As a botanical artist, I need inspiration and resources. This is my place to go! The volunteers and staff do an amazing job of making sure the humans and plants and creatures enjoy their time there. You really need to go! They have fabulous programs like concerts, art exhibits, performance art, etc.
Sprawling gardens of desert soecies, both oxalate and exotic, beautifully designed and maintained. Plenty of ground to cover so you get a good walk in. So many varieties and species of desert plants and cacti, many sculptural in form.and nature. Smells heavenly. They host Chihuly in the Garden quite often, which is always a treat especially for cooler month visitors. The most amazing art installation I've seen here so far was Bruce Munro's Desert Light exhibition last winter. Several works in different sections of the gardens and it was for nighttime viewing. It was truly magical.
Love free days. And I love coming here when there is wild flowers blooming and humming birds everywhere. I take my girls once a month. I can't wait for cooler weather and exhibits
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