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 .
Desert Botanical Garden Reviews
The gardens, the art, the docents, the last day of the butterfly exhibit - it was all so perfect. And after walking for hours and learning so much, the margaritas we bought on the grounds during the D... more »
We enjoyed strolling through the gardens and seeing all the different types of cacti in bloom. There was an exhibit with giant plastic snails that was interesting. There's very little shade in the gar... 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!
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