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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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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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  • I was in the area for business, and a friend recommended stopping here if I had enough free time. I was a bit surprised at how many different cacti and plants were here, as it was much more than I exp...  more »
  • This unusual and exquisite botanical garden is a delight. Plan to go early to avoid the heat in the summer, or visit at night, if there is a lights installation. We now go every time we go to Phoenix.  more »
  • I got a groupon to visit the gardens during our vacation. The price of the groupon made the visit worth it but it wasn't great. Overall the gardens are pretty but there is no where to really get out o...  more »
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  • we went with my family to check out phoenix Arizona, to see if we moved there and we love it!!!! Its really summer hot!!!! ;) but is not humid we walk a lot and we weren't sweating at all , just feeling the heat and the sun is very bright!! 106 F, we haven't experience that much heat but was good. We loved the fact of how many outdoors activity AZ has, botanical garden is amazing a lot of nature to see. The desert is amazing, if you really love the hot weather is a place for you. We had to drink a lot !!! Of water.
  • Springtime is the best time to visit! (I visited in March.) The weather was perfect and all the plants were blooming! The scents in spring are absoutely gorgeous. It's a great place to exercise, hang out, learn, and enjoy nature. My exercise group likes to walk there on free admission day, which happens once a month. If you have little ones, keep a close eye because there are lots of cacti just off the trail. Other than that, it's a great place for the whole family!
  • Visiting Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a magical experience. The garden is beautiful and has a world class collection of Desert Plants in their outdoor exhibit that are rare and endangered. The Botanical Garden helps people learn about the characteristics of desert plants and how to protect and preserve the Desert's natural beauty. Visiting the the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the newly opened Butterfly Pavilion and observing the colorful butterflies is by itself joyful. The Garden is also showcasing potted specimens for those interested. People have the option to rent a wheelchair for roaming around the garden and they can also dine in the special restaurant if they want to. A great and enjoyable experience.
  • What a fascinating, relaxing, wonderful experience. We have taken a couple groups of visiting family here and they also thoroughly enjoyed it. You learn so much about our local desert plant life as well as endangered, unusual, and beautiful plant life around the world. The staff is knowledgeable and passionate - lots of volunteers. Try to catch a free guided tour when you go and plan on a few hours or more. There is so much to see and, even though I'm not a gardener and certainly don't have a green thumb, I was enchanted and plan to go back regularly. They also just opened their butterfly garden, which was fun. There are scooters for rental so, if you have trouble walking longer distances, you can still enjoy this precious gem of Phoenix.
  • Incredibly well put together and the abundance of variety was fascinating. I've been to quite a few botanical gardens around the world but have never been to one that filled so much space with one type of plant. Plan for 2-3 hours to see it all and bring a reusable bottle with you. They have plenty of filling stations. Keep your eyes peeled for so the small critters including lizards, birds, squirrels, and frogs.

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