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Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3437
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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Andrea Kristine
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    5 Jun 14, 2014

    A must see if you are in Phoenix. It is just an incredible display of the vast array of desert life that blooms and thrives in Arizona.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersArt & Design LoversGreen TravelersLocal Culture
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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Terry S
    5 Sep 18, 2013

    Beautiful! If you are here between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the las noches de las luminarias is not to be missed.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Rachel C
    5 Sep 02, 2013

    This is where you get an education about the stunning plants native to the sonoran desert. Well worth a trip.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Cj K
    1 Aug 26, 2013

    This is a beautiful place to visit. Wander around the easy access walkways to see many different cacti. The gardens are very beautiful. Don't forget to bring water. There is a visitor center and tours or you can walk around on your own.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    John Ewalt
    5 Dec 29, 2013

    This is a relatively large system of gardens featuring plants from the Southwest US and into Mexico. Their collection of small cacti is particularly good. Except for the first part of the park, their is little shade for the trails, so cover should be worn during the summer time.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Elvira Vanag
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    The Desert Botanical Garden should be on everybody’s list when visiting Phoenix. It gives you a preview of desert plants in a comfort of well-maintained garden. You get to see so many unusual species of cacti – all forms, shapes, sizes. You may also spot a few interesting birds, small animals and butterflies. The views of surrounding area come as an extra bonus.

    Recommended for:Green TravelersFamily TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Gina @ 1209media
    5 Jun 25, 2013

    Located right next to the Phoenix Zoo and is a very tranquil, interesting place. You can walk around the desert and learn all about the plants found native to Arizona. Its beautiful at night and especially at night during the holidays since they have a special luminaries display along the grounds and local musicians.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    4 Jun 18, 2014

    Believe it or not, there are soooo many varieties of succulents, and a lot of them are gorgeous and awe inspiring. I was originally hesitant to go, but in the end I was glad I made the trip out here.

    Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Duane W
    5 Jun 12, 2013

    Always a must see, especially if you wonder what does grow in Arizona, in spite of our reputation as a desert only. There is a lot more than meets the eye to Arizona. This is a great way to experience the outside even if you don't want to travel far to do it. Once there you also have to try Gertrude's or the Patio for a meal or beverage.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Chris E
    5 May 28, 2013

    This is located south and a little west of Old Town Scottsdale. But is it a must see if you enjoy the desert flora. They have desert plants from all of the Americas. You are in the desert - bring water.
    And then you can visit Old Town for lunch after. What a wonderful day!

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Maryann K
    5 May 16, 2013

    This a great place to visit for a day trip. I went there last weekend and there was a butterfly exhibit and there are also a wide array of desert plants. If you plan this trip, go early in the a.m. as it gets hot in the afternoon. Bring good walking shoes and enjoy the flora.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Marion Murphy
    5 May 05, 2013

    The most accessible way to experience the beauty and complexity of the Arizona desert landscape is visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens. Here you are able to discover the vast array of living cactus without ever suffering a prickly attack. Some deliciously different flower is always in bloom. An endless variety of songbirds serenade your meanderings. Tired, there is excellent outdoor dining. Want to learn, there are always exhibits to review. And yes, the museum offers classes, outstanding musicians visit and play. In short, this is an outdoor museum not to be missed at any time of the year.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Nina Kindred
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    5 Mar 21, 2013

    absolutely beautiful. The best part about this, in my opinion, is that so much is outside. Where I live the weather gets in the way so much that most of a garden is inside. The sun and the plants are amazing.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    HipKat
    4 Feb 05, 2013

    When I went to the gardens, they were featuring the amazing glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. The Garden itself is gorgeous but these pieces were so great the way the were incorporated into the landscape. Not sure if they are still there now, but worth seeing if they are. In the winter, towards the holidays they have Las Noches de las Luminarias. After dark, all the parthways in the garden are lit with paper bag luminary candles. A unique way to get into the holiday spirit.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Cheryl Drachuk
    5 Jun 29, 2014

    I'd suggest taking a guided tour with one of the volunteers. Joan was so knowledgeable, it made our visit and walk through the desert far more interesting than if we had just stumbled around on our own.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Kyle McQuillen Dominguez
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of the best places to visit! So much art and beautiful gardens!! You can go days in a row and still see new things to amaze you.WONDERFUL!!!

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Lolo Marie
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    A mostly outdoor botanical garden. Be sure to go when it is cool outside. Some animals, mostly plants. Nice walk, interesting and beautiful. If in Phoenix, a nice place to visit.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Barbarann Kennedy
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Nice desert park to walk through for adults. Youngsters may find it boring. Only good to visit November through Feb due to hot temperatures in other months.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    Stephanie Lee
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Beautiful place to visit, and a different kind of beauty for those who aren't used to seeing deserts (like myself). Learned a lot about cacti from taking the free guided tour. Apparently April is a beautiful time to go because a lot of the cactus are in bloom.

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  • Desert Botanical Gardens
    ParkGrades
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I can't imagine another botanical garden featuring as many succulents as this one. If you like cactus, this is the place! Beautiful grounds, plenty of water fountains and shade, and an incredible variety of cacti and desert plants from all around the world! Highly recommended.

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4.5 out of 5
68 member's reviews
1,802 people visited Desert Botanical Gardens
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  • Open Hours:

    Oct-Apr: 8a-8p Su-Sa, May-Sep: 7a-8p Su-Sa, closed Dec 25 & Jul 4
  • Website:

    http://www.dbg.org
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    +1 480 941 1225

Description

Deserts have their own mystique and while we so often think of them as nothing more than vast spaces of sand or parched earth, the desert lives. The desert supports a stunning array of life and much that life you can see up close and on display at this Phoenix botanical garden and museum. You’ll be introduced to more than just the odd cactus; over 21,000 plants are on display here, including some ... read more
truly bizarre specimen like the boojum tree. Medicinal herbs, edible fruits, wildflowers, and some of the world’s oldest flora are all here, ready to be discovered.