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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  • After spending the day in the hot Phoenix sun, it was so nice to spend an evening at the Electric Desert at the Botanical Garden. You will stroll through 7 different exhibits. The lighting transforms ...  more »
  • If you are at all curious about the different kinds of cacti, trees, and succulents that thrive in this garden, pay the $30 and go for a long visit. Not all plants on display are native to the area, b...  more »
  • Very nice walk through the Park. Beautiful Cactus of different species. Very well equipped walking trails with regular water points. I would definitely recommend it. Possibility of access by public transport (light train + bus 56).
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  • What an amazing place! A perfect end to our vacation! I really enjoyed ambling around the trails and learning about the desert plants. We saw all kinds of animals... hummingbirds, chipmunks, some FAT squirrels, road runner, quail The butterfly house is wonderful!! I can't wait to go back to AZ ....and see it in a different season!
  • Best experience of my life. Beautiful. The electric desert was mesmerizing. I purchased the all day pass. So I was able to to do both things. Both day and night ambience was amazing. Definitely worth checking out. Please go and enjoy it.
  • Extremely beautiful! Very clean and well maintained. You see everything new and amazing at every turn. Friendly staff. The most intriguing gardens I've seen, beauty is where you least expect it. God is so wonderful in all He does!
  • We have visited many botanical gardens in a number of countries including various desert botanical gardens, but the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden really sets a high standard. It is an extravaganza of cacti, agave, and other succulents from all over the world. It is fairly compact, so no need to walk for miles. It is very densely packed with plantings which is mostly good. Interpretative signs are informative and relevant. Park is clean and well maintained. Gertrude's restaurant has good food and service. The menu is somewhat limited and prices are high for what you get, but if you view the cost partially as a donation, then all is fine. Make a reservation immediately upon entry to the park! Currently they have a night program called Electric Desert that is a huge draw. The concept is enormous and the result is impressive, even stunning at times. If we resided in Phoenix for 3 or more months a year we would definitely buy memberships.
  • Fantastic mile and a half walk through the desert. Lots of info if you want to read the signs. Looks like the cacti will be in bloom soon, there were so many buds (some flowers now too!). Take water because it is warm in the desert. We went today because of the butterfly exhibit. Looks like they have a lot of activities out there.
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