Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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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  • Wonderful exhibits, very educational. I visited on a hot day....Stay hydrated. Take your time. and enjoy the garden  more »
  • Magnificently laid out botanical gardens highlighted by the great display of cactus and other local and desert plants. Educational and peaceful. Bring a water bottle - there are plenty of water...  more »
  • We went at the perfect time, later in the afternoon when we had daylight and stayed through dusk and eventually dark so we got the best of all worlds. The grounds are stunning, and immaculate and...  more »
  • I love coming here. It’s free the second Tuesday of every month. The variety of cacti, succulents and other plants is absolutely mind blowing. You will see plenty of plants you never knew existed. It’s fairly sized so you can see everything all in one day if you want, or you can take your time and enjoy each section. There’s also always art being showcased around the area by different at different times. One of the must see locations in Phoenix.
  • This place is amazing! We got here early on a Saturday morning. The weather was beautiful. Scottsdale has gotten more rain than usual so everything is bursting with color. I didn't know cactus could be purple in the spring! I bet we took over 200 pictures! We probably spent an hour in the butterfly tent. It was truly magical.I'm an artist and I got lots of great material to draw from. The gardens are well cared for and thought out. My friend and I are members of the Botanic Gardens in Tulsa and we told them upon ticket purchase and we got in free as our membership is reciprocal in many places. So that is something to keep in mind!
  • Who goes to Phoenix for vacation in August? Well, we did. One of the highlights was the flash light tour offered on Saturday evenings. We paid a discounted price, and enjoyed cooler weather, and some fantastic views of the garden. There was some lighting, but flash lights were encouraged--and using them made the experience fun and individual. Highly recommend!
  • A MUST GO attraction if you are in the Phoenix area. Gorgeous desert garden, with various plants & cacti blooming. Very interesting & educational to learn about an entirely different ecosystem. Lunch at the cafe was delightful w/ delicious salads, etc. & great service. Look for the Chihuly art glass installations in the garden around cafe. Be sure to go early, take hats, sunblock & water if there during heat.
  • This is a place to experience self-renewal. I particularly like to go when they're having special shows. You can learn as much or as little as you'd like. Just being there is restorative. The food there is very satisfying whether you like snack food from a stand or enjoy a lovely sit-down meal in a restaurant. You will likely leave relaxed and refreshed.

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