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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  • I was there for about 3 hours and could not stop taking pictures. Beautiful grounds with lots of birds, butterflies and squirrels. Had a great lunch at Gertrude’s and enjoyed buying a my own mini Cact...  more »
  • I loved the simple beauty of the desert gardens. It was wonderful to walk around the grounds and see the variety of plants and animals there. There were several guides or volunteers that were around a...  more »
  • Fantastic desert gardens. Easy paths and plants are marked for learning. The exhibits are great and there are plenty of water stations along your way. Admission is $24.00 or so but it’s worth it. When...  more »
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  • Really is amazing to see the variety of cactus Arizona can grow and support. That is probably doing disservice since there are so many beautiful plants, trees, and flowers here. Everything has been set up in such a beautiful way that you can truly loose yourself in nature. It is a wonderful experience you will not regret. Do try to come during a colder month though as you'll want to stay a while.
  • The Desert Botanical Garden is a beautiful, quiet, and serene place to go if wanting to just experience nature. For those that aren't keen on hiking, I'd suggest this place because you get exercise but it isn't too difficult. Bring water, you won't regret this. We went using a Culture Pass so it was free for 2 people to enter. I'd definitely suggest going in the morning and in the Fall, that way the weather in the summer or spring doesn't deter you from wanting to continue on your trek around the garden. We went for the Butterfly exhibit and it was INCREDIBLE.
  • We were blown away by the variety of cacti and the environment the staff has created at this beautiful botanical garden. The atmosphere is peaceful and as you walk through the garden, there are several pockets of tranquility and natural beauty. The staff was more than willing to answer our questions, going above and beyond with their responses. We’ve been to several botanical gardens in the nation but never to one with so many cacti! Loved this place and the love and natural beauty it sheds on this earth! 🌵
  • I have had the privilege of taking friends and family here. All have been amazed at how beautiful the desert landscape can be. To be able to meander through is a treat. There are so many wonderful things to see. We experienced the butterfly house, as well. It was a thrill. Had a few land on shoulders and fingers. The only thing I would say is that restroom facilities are hard to find. However, there are several resting places through out.
  • Beautiful foliage and flowers. The cacti are gorgeous as well. They had a butterfly expo which was neat! The butterflies are all around you and there is a variety. Some very unique art exhibit pieces decorate the beautiful area too. Neat, fantastic experience in Arizona!

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