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.
My daughter and I spent the whole day here.We learned more than we ever wanted to know about cactus.The volunteer guides were great, everyone so friendly.I would go back in a minute! My daughter,who lives nearby said she will definately be going again.Nice walking and when we were there nice weather.
It was great. I never new there were so many interesting plants in the desert regions. The plants are put in to landscapes thay gave us lots of ideas to do at home. It made a nice relaxing afternoon. Very easy to walk through and lots of spots to sit and enjoy the views.
Visiting the Desert Botanical Garden is a very neat experience as it has plants and cacti that represent the Southwest Desert. It has the Butterfly Garden in the Spring and all year round it has a different gardens (vegetable, herb, succulent, wildflower, etc) that can be grown in the desert. It is especially beautiful in the spring when the wildflowers and cactus in blooming.
I would highly recommend it to others especially tourists from out of state. It is also handicapped accessible.
Living in phoenix, it's difficult to remember that we live in the desert, going from our air-conditioned homes to our air-conditioned cars to drive to our air-conditioned workplaces. This is a wonderful way to see the desert unspoiled.
Well-planned walks lead visitors through various zones depicting cacti, trees and wildflowers. There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and friendly docents are patient and knowledgeable. Be sure to visit the butterfly pavillion and, if possible, go to see Las Noches de las Luminarias. It's an evening holiday event that's absolutely beautiful.