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 absolutely loved the botanical gardens. I really enjoyed the wide variety of cacti, aloe plants, and every other imaginable desert plant that grow in this region. The park is quite large with many trails. The plants are signed so you can identify them. I would highly recommend a trip to the botanical gardens if you are visiting the Phoenix area. Way cool.
this is a wonderful place to see an astonishing array of desert plants, how beautiful they are, and how ingeniously they are built so as to catch every little drop of water. this is absolutely fascinating; i was afraid i might be bored, but i never even came close to that. the garden is completely outside, open every day from 8 am to 8 pm. admission is $10 for adults, and $4 for kids over 3.
there are drinking fountains, shaded benches, and restrooms along the trails; the restroom enclosures have vending machines with bottled water for $1 or less. you can rent an umbrella for shade at the entrance for $2. allow at least 2 hrs for this adventure.
the desert discovery trail is the main one, it is circular and about a third- or a half-mile long. four loops branch off it; each loop is about a quarter- or a third-mile long and features a different aspect of desert life. all of the trails are manageable for handicap access except the sonoran desert nature trail, which is on an incline. a motorized wheelchair might be able to manage this, though.
there is an arcadia farms restaurant (called the "patio cafe" here) open from 9 am to 4 pm every day. see my phoenix "restaurant" tips for info on this restaurant.
at the end of the trails, a gift shop (open from 9 am to 5 pm) is near the desert wildflower trail. you can go into the gift shop without going thru the main entrance; it also looked to me as if you could reach the wildflower trail by going thru the gift shop instead of thru the main entrance, but i'm not sure about this.
the gift shop sells desert plants as well as souvenirs. i don't know about the reasonableness of the prices for the plants, but the other items in the gift shop were VERY expensive, at least twice what i saw for the same items elsewhere. the only exceptions were postcards for 25 cents, children's books and fuzzy finger puppets for under $10, and
t-shirts for about $20.
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.
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.
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.
Here was saw many of the local flowers and really just were able to enjoy the outdoors and open atmosphere of the gardens.
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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!
Get a closer look at the desert plants.
I especially liked the narrated tour because the guides made it so interesting.
Interesting display of plants native to Arizona as well as other parts of the world. Paved walkways throughout the gardens will accomodate strollers and wheelchairs
A must see. A good way to experience the plants of the desert and the proximity to Scottsdale is a bonus as well. We stayed there for half of the day..