The Desert Botanical Garden got its start in the 1930s with the goal of preserving the area's pristine desert ... More
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden got its start in the 1930s with the goal of preserving the area's pristine desert environment. Today, the garden helps save endangered plants, with the focus still on native flora and special emphasis on succulents plants. The cactus collection is world-renowned and visit between months of March through May for seasonal blooming. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen.
We could have stayed longer. We walked through about 1/3 of it. We saw all the desert has to offer in terms of plant life. We saw a humming bird, many quail, a wood pecker and many thrusters. The plant list is amazing as well.
The staff of paid and volunteer employees were wonderful and informative. The only issue is that the butterfly cage only had one kind of butterfly in it.
Cost was $20 per person including the butterfly admittance (additional $3/person)
phoenix desert botanical gardens grouch old ladies! - Art Magazine Today posted:
The plants are nice, the people that work there are unbelievable!
they are a bunch of grouchy old women that make me embarrassed to be from Arizona! The phoenix botanical gardens should hire people that have a positive attitude. These are old snobby wrinkled women and should not represent Arizona period. Very rude, very snobby, horrible experience! shame on you desert botanical gardens I think you can do better that that.
Arizona Native / Business Owner
My son and his fiance were married here last October. The weather was perfect and the gardens were beautiful. It was a perfect venue and we will always have wonderful memories of this place. The only downside was I had to sweep up the rose petals after the ceremony!!
Enjoyed the docent guided tour of such an amazing array of desert flora. Lucky me to be there during the not-to-missed Chihuly exhibit. Saw very unusual items such as Queen of the Night and Boojum tree. I spent 3 hours there and it was magnificent.
Rained the entire evening we attended Luminarias. Cold, wet, puddles everywhere. Luminarias were mostly rained out. All the musical entertainment was moved indoors to two very small venues that were packed with guests trying to avoid the rain.Gave it a good try- slogged about in the rain for an hour through crowded pathways, avoiding umbrellas. Asked if it was possible to obtain tickets for another day or event and was told by the warm and dry employees in the gift shop" Sorry, we're an outdoor venue and you get what you get." Poor planning, poor customer service. What a disappointment!
We really enjoy going to the gardens and strolling about looking at all the plant and cactus varieties. We go to the Luminaria every year, and have for the past four years
together, and our only regret is that time and location make it hard for us to go more than three or four times all year.
I can not imagine giving this 5 stars. This is the most exciting thing Phoenix has to offer? The number one attraction?
I took my daughter and half the paths were closed. It was an absolute bore. I left feeling like I had wasted my money and my time. Having just moved here - I hope there are more exciting thing than this!
I will never be going or taking anyone there - that is for sure!
The garden features plants from the Sonoran Desert, which Phoenix is in, and deserts around the world. The garden is both beautiful and educational.
We took a leisurly stroll along the Desert Discovery Trail, a brick pathway in the center of the site. There are many benches placed throughout trails to sit and enjoy the scenery.
Deserts are typically thought of as barren, desolate places; but the botanical garden shows the great beauty of the desert and how lively it is also. The succulents (including agave, aloe and cactus) store life sustaining water for people and animals.
My favorite plants are the Saguaro and the Blue Palo Verde. The butterfly exhibit was quite enjoyable. There are five trails that branch off from the Discovery Trail. The gift shop has a variety of items and offers a great selection of plants for sale.
There was actually more than I could see in one visit. I will definitely return to the Desert Botanical Garden on a future trip to Phoenix. I highly recommend it to those who love plants, animals and/or gardens.