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Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix

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Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix
AZ
85008
Tel: 480-941-1225

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The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, Arizona (the best place to really understand the desert!), near Scottsdale and Tempe, in the midst of the red rock buttes of Papago Park. Sounds beautiful!

Where are we going today?

If you have always wanted to go to the desert, now might be your chance!

The Desert Botanical Gardens have over 140 acres, as well as over 50,000 plants on display for you to enjoy!  You can feel like you are basking in the desert sun, admiring all the large, prickly cacti, their beautiful flowers, and all the beautiful flora that you can often find in those stunning landscapes.

There are so many wonders found in the Sonoran Desert.  Do you think you could spot the prickly pears, or the agaves?  Perhaps you have always loved the desert wildflowers or saguaros...perhaps you will learn what a saguaros is when you get there! 

They also have fascinating exhibitions, festival and seasonal events across the year - like the Great Pumpkin Festival, or live music that you can enjoy in the landscaped gardens!  

Kids, if you really want to enjoy nature you can join one of their kids camps and programs!  You will have so many unique opportunities to experience the incredible desert but importantly, within a safe environment!

They make sure they integrate science, art, literature, and music into all of their programs, with the very enthusiastic staff doing their best to make it a super fun learning experience.  Some of the youth programs include the science-based enrichment program for preschoolers, a great enrichment program for home schoolers, and a summer camp for kids of all ages to really enjoy a fun hands-on experience. 

If you want to really spend time as a family, make sure you look into their family programs, like the very cool nocturnal insect hunt! They also have baby and teen specific programs too - so get out and enjoy desert life!  (Not to be mixed up with dessert, but if you're good you might get that afterwards!) 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$22 (over 19)
  • Children$10 (Ages 3 - 12), $12 (Ages 13 - 18)
  • Free Under: 3
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

October - April: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | May - September: 7 a.m. - 8.p.m

Teachers corner

The Desert Botanical Garden's kids programs, offer a variety of unique opportunities with age appropriate themes and learning levels and topics. .

I'm Hungry!

Patio Café has some tasty food to fill up on after those desert treks!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because a lot of the paths are unpaved and you're going to the desert so bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water! Don't be a cactus! .

Doing our bit

The garden is a charter member of the Museum Association of Arizona and National Center for Plant Conservation, fully accredited with the American Association of Museums and American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. It will always build on its 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, and has become nationally and internationally renowned for its plant collections, research and educational programs. You go! .

Can I get one of those?

The Garden Shop sells many garden related items so all those green thumbs get down there, and they also sell games, fun toys, shirts and cards. .

What people are saying?

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    This is a must see if you've never been to Phoenix. Beautiful examples of Desert wildlife and fauna. I saw rabbits, dove and wild quail scurring around, seemingly oblivious to park visitors. It takes a couple of hours to see it all so wear comfortable shoes. Beautiful examples of several types of cactus and desert wild flowers. Go in Late March, Early April, when the desert is in bloom. You can litterally smell the sage in the air.

    If you go during the Summer, go as early as possible, Phoenix gets very hot. Late March, early April is good time...Read More

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    An absolutely awesome experience for the whole family! The Desert Botanical Gardens offers many special events and exhibits. This place truly captures the beauty of the desert!

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    My husband and I recently had a wonderful visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. The plantings were fabulous, and as the cacti were all in bloom, it was quite spectacular.
    But in addition, we had the occasion to speak with three of the volunteers and they made the visit even more special. They were all clearly so devoted to the Garden and so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Garden that they were a delight to talk with. They are a real asset to this wonderful institution.
    H & G from Vermont

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    The Desert Botanical Garden is a must for anyone who has not been to the Sonoran Desert. This is a large garden with a huge variety of Arizona cacti and staff with a wealth of information.

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    This is a beautifully executed desert garden. Unfortunately, in my opinion the Chihuly glass distracts and detracts from the appearance of an otherwise outstanding facility. One just can't escape the stuff anywhere in the garden. There is even crap floating in the pond. This is, though, a great collection of desert flora with even some fauna here and there. My lady friend and I are members. I'd give 5 stars but for the pompous monstrosities of Chihuly.

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by Cameron K

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This is a must see if you've never been to Phoenix. Beautiful examples of Desert wildlife and fauna. I saw rabbits, dove and wild quail scurring around, seemingly oblivious to park visitors. It takes a couple of hours to see it all so wear comfortable shoes. Beautiful examples of several types of cactus and desert wild flowers. Go in Late March, Early April, when the desert is in bloom. You can litterally smell the sage in the air.

If you go during the Summer, go as early as possible, Phoenix gets very hot. Late March, early April is good time to go, when the desert blooms.

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 72 %
Wind: WSW - 1 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 69° F / 21° C
Humidity: 47 %
Wind: N - 4 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 71° F / 22° C
Humidity: 39 %
Wind: NE - 5 MPH

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