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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

(4.6/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • We find it difficult to rate any experience Excellent, however the Desert Botanical Garden deserves the rating. The facility is the perfect balance of natural habitats and garden hardscape presentatio...  more »
  • Went on a sunny day and enjoyed both the outdoors and the plant collection. A worthwhile destination.  more »
  • Who knew there are so many varieties of cactus? This garden has them all. Special experience: the butterfly pavilion--only here until mid-May. Hundreds of butterflies flutter around you. Closes at sun...  more »
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  • I LOVE the DBG. I am a regular member because the Gardens are always a wonderful place to visit. The grounds are very well kept, the staff is joyful and helpful, and Gertrude's is great if you're looking for a nice upscale meal or date.
  • Such a beautiful place to walk around. The staff was very friendly. One even pointed out an owl sleeping in a tree. If you're ever feeling down about living here, this is the perfect place to remind you why you call Arizona your home.
  • Beautiful facility. This is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends or family. Definitely have lunch one of the restaurant's, they have excellent food and drinks.
  • Beautiful desert gardens. The tour guide was interesting. We enjoyed our visit here in November and it was still very warm.
  • Absolutely fantastic. A great way to see and lear about the local flora (and a little bit about the fauna too). There are quite a few places to chill out and enjoy the views. They seem to organize different types of activies throughout the year. They had some really cool events for dia de los muertos. Very friendly staff. Guided tour was not the best, but OK for not people into science or very inquisitive I suppose.