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.
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!
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!
We found out that the DBG kills rabbits that enter the garden by way of fumigation. This practice is very cruel, and has no place in a museum dedicated to so called "nature conservation". Part of the reason we go to an outdoor nature environment is to see wildlife. We also found out that they do not bother to recycle. What a joke. I guess the electrical car chargers are really just there for show.
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.
Going to the gardens is like stepping back into time. It is a relaxing time for families of all ages. The view is beautiful and the exhibits are well organized and cared for. And to think this is in the middle of a city.
The Botanical garden shows us not-so-desert-dwellers that the desert can be beautiful and full of life. Nice and cool in the winter, gorgeous in springtime with the butterfy pavillion and cactus flowers all aorund. In summer, go on a night tour!