Opened in 1939, this 50-acre oasis is home to 139 rare, threatened, and endangered plant species from around the world. Just remember to bring your hat (or umbrella) and suntan lotion as you explore the amazing collection. There was a plant called the Crown of Thorns and said to be the one used on Jesus (I hope not coz it looked too painful). Then, you'd be surprised how much cacti there are!!! The trails are very nice to follow and descriptions of the desert foliage are very intersting. Around the park (and specially as you are going to it) you will notice very odd-looking hills, red-brown little mountains with interesting crevices characteristic of the Phoenix geographic milieu.
Open seven days a week, year round except for July 4,
Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
Garden Seasonal Hours:
October - April / 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
May - September / 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
During evening hours certain trails are closed.
Call 480-941-1225 for more information.
Although you might think the desert is just cactus, sand, and sagebrush, you might be surprised to know that after it rains the desert comes to life with colorful flowers and lots of beautiful plants.
At the Desert Botanical Garden they collect together over 20,000 desert plants including thousands of species of cactus. The garden really shines in the spring when all the plants are in bloom. There are walking trails and exhibits to educate you on the various plants.
The highlight is the butterfly pavilion, which is open from March to May. What kid wouldn't love to be surrounded by butterflies?
Make a day of it. Be sure to visit the nearby Zoo, Papago Park, and have lunch on Mill Ave in Tempe during your visit.
Phoenix has the Maricopa Audubon Society which helps amateurs in learning the art of birdwatching!
You just have to get a pair of binoculars and head off to their FREE "seasonal" meetings held at the Desert Botanical Gradens.
These gardens showcase the wonderful vegetation and cacti seen in the Sonoran desert. After or before birdwatching, you will enjoy walking around this awesome and unique park!
The meetings are held every First Tuesday of each month at 730PM (september thru April)
When traveling to Phoenix, make it part of your plan to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. Inside you'll find a huge collection of plants from around the Southwest that are rare, threatened or endangered species.
If you visit in the Spring, you'll also find a gorgeous display of blooms, for the desert comes alive at that time of the year!
The botanical garden spreads over 50 acres, includes splashes of garden art and:
Desert Discovery Trail-desert plants from around the world
Native People and How they Live-see examples of their homes and gardens
Wildflower Trail-features colorful butterfly and hummingbird gardens
Sonoran Desert Trail-1/4 focusing on plants and animals that grow in this area
The Desert House
After an hour or so of walking we were grateful to see a patio cafe! It serves beverages and snacks, breakfast or lunch and you can relax beneath umbrella tables.
A great gift shop offered garden-themed gifts, books, home and garden decor, gourmet foods, wine and unique desert plants. I bought some floral scented soaps--can't wait to use them! It's open daily from 9am-5pm.
Hours are 7am-8pm from May-Sept.; 8 am-8pm from Oct.-April. The botanical garden is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors;$5 students with ID; $4 children 3-12 and under 2 is free.
Want to see all the varied cacti and plant life AZ has to offer then stop at this gem of a place. The Botanical gardens is in a beautiful setting-centrally located in Phoenix up against the Papago Buttes or the "footprint mountains" as my son used to call them.. It is a true gem in Phoenix and you can learn a lot about desert life and gardening here. The Botanical Gardens was created in 1939 and is one of the few Botanical Gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. You can either take a guided tour of the gardens or a self-guided tour.
The garden is divided into several different trails including the brick path
Desert Discovery Trail, which is the Garden’s Main trail and is has the Botanical Garden’s oldest desert plantings. From this path you can easily become sidetracked if you veer to your right you will enter the Herb Garden, which is a garden of desert adapted herbs. If you walk back to the main brick path you can walk up the next path to the outdoor café or keep walking to the next trail the Sonoran Desert Trail (uphill) with beautiful views of the Saguaro Cacti. The trail next to this one is Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert-this trail is more interactive and one of the kids favorite trails, some great views from here as well. After viewing this trail find your way back to the brick path you will pass the butterfly exhibit and the Succulent and Cactus houses this will bring you full circle to the beginning of the main paved trail. Don’t forget to wander down the The Desert Wildflower Trail, with the backdrop of the striking Papago buttes, you can view the colorful desert wildflowers and learn the importance they play in Arizona’s ecosystem. This trail is off the main trail, it is located to the right of the entrance back behind the Gift Shop.
The Botanical Garden has many seasonal exhibits throughout the year. Our favorites include the Spring Butterfly Exhibit (usually in March-May) and the Monarch Exhibit (usually Sept-Nov)
This is a fabulous botanical garden which holds over 500 desert plants, obviously most are cacti. There are 137 varieties of those scattered throughout the walking paths. The garden complex is about 50 acres, but packed with many great sites on different loop trails. One especially unique is the plants and people loop of the desert depicting how native Indians lived off the dry land, and thrived.
Opening time are 8-8PM daily. Price is $15 adults, and $13.50 for seniors. WE spent 5 hours taking in all the sites, so adjust accordingly.
Simply one of the best botanical gardens around the Southwest. It features 50 acres of 500+ varieties of desert plants, with 137 different cactus. It is a great tour, and takes about 4 hours. See the other page for commentary in addition
Open 8AM-8PM daily and cost is $15 adult, $13.50 senior.
Wow! Had never been here before despite living locally 5+ years. The desert Botanical Gardens are wonderful in themselves. Even more fascinating and worthwhile is the temporary exhibition of the Chihully glass sculptures.
We got there late, just an hour before dusk. If you have the 4:00-8:00 slot, get there by 6:00...or 5:00...even 4:00!
This is simply a necessary stop if you are traveling to the area. Go early for best light and temperatures. Nice walking paths, and a great variety of desert plants and specialty exhibits.
Don't forget to stop at the gift shop, they have some very unique items for sale.
We visited the Botanical garden in December and what a treat that was. We took a tour that lasted about an hour and was very informative. Our tour guide then told us about another tour that we could go on that talked all about the edible plants and uses of the desert plants. At the end of the tour we were able to taste the items that were talked about during the tour. Being from the east coast and really not knowing much about the desert enviornment it was a really exciting end to the tour. Give yourself a few hours in this garden!
Very much worth the admission charge.
This garden serves as a comprehensive introduction to the desert landscape and all its glory. This 50 acre garden which is located near Papago Park, is home to thousands of species of desert plants and succulents. With map in hand, we explored the trails and learned not only about desert plants but also about the desert dwellers, specifically the native people of the Sonoran Desert and how they lived.
The Garden was teaming with school kids on an educational field trip. We went into the butterfly pavillion with one of the groups. I had fun watching them go gaga over the butterflies. In this age of video games and chat rooms, however, this kind of interaction between youngin and Mother Nature is a rare sight.
I think it's the best thing to do in Phoenix (except may be NBA Games ;) )
You can take a look of different pictures I did in the Travel Log.
The ticket is 10 Dollars (but yoiu cna find a one dollars reduction in any hotel). If you have to chance to go there during the butterfly exposition : GO SEE IT , it's really nice and only 2 Dollars extra.
The desert botanical garden is a 145 acre garden in Papago Park features thousands of plant species from Arizona and around the world. It is worth a stop for those with a free day in the Phoenix area, especially if you haven't been to Tucson and visited the Sonora Desert Museum. The Phoenix botanical garden is one of the largest collections of desert plants and is amazing in its diversity and beauty.
Much like the Tucson Sonora Desert Museum, the botanicl garden has a series of trails which wind around particular areas set aside to showcase particular aspects of desert plant life, i.e., wildflowers, cacti, etc. Walking along the trails in this mostly outdoor attraction, you'll see some great views of the desert and the Superstition Mountains.
Every Spring & Fall the Desert Botanical Gardens has a Butterfly Exhibit in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Hundreds of butterflies are released to sip nectar from flowers and sometimes if you are lucky one will land on you. If you love butterflies it is a wonderful opportunity to see these amazing friends up close.
Desert Botanical Garden is your museum if you're a western and plants lover. Also the Heard Museum about cultural History.
Heritage Square and Phoenix Art Museum in Downtown.
And the special Hall of Fame Museum of Firefighting, great!
Don't forget also to visit Phoenix Zoo really beatiful.
Discover some of this museums can be useful to understand better Indian culture. Always interesting!