Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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Desert Botanical Garden covers an area of 57 hectares (140 acres) and shelters more than 21,000 plants, including 139 rare and endangered species. Nearly a third of the garden's plant collection is native to this desert area, especially noted for its richness in agave and cacti species. The garden protects vegetation from less extreme climates under its "shadehouses," which contain vast collections of Australian, South American, and Californian plants. As you walk through the garden, try to spot the differences between the mesquite bosque, semi-desert grassland, and upland chaparral ecosystems. Check online for current events and special exhibits, and choose a guided tour suitable to your interests and time constraints. Add Desert Botanical Garden to your Phoenix travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Phoenix trip itinerary builder.
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  • had a very nice friend take me as a guest with her membership. It's a wonderful experience and I'm sure I just got a taste of it we spend about four hours there. Not only did we see the wonderful... 
    had a very nice friend take me as a guest with her membership. It's a wonderful experience and I'm sure I just got a taste of it we spend about four hours there. Not only did we see the wonderful...  more »
  • wow what a gem, we loved this place, and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, you can spend a few hours seeing all the most beautiful trees, cactuses, succulents, and many others, even....  more
    wow what a gem, we loved this place, and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, you can spend a few hours seeing all the most beautiful trees, cactuses, succulents, and many others, even....  more »
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  • We stopped here on a whim & I'm so glad we did! Being from the east coast it felt a little surreal walking around all the cacti, plants & wildlife but this place is absolutely stunning. There is plenty to see, you could easily spend several hours walking around. It's very clean & the staff is very knowledgeable & down to earth. The gardens are so calming & relaxing, I couldn't stop smiling the entire time. As someone else said pictures are great but it is so much better in person. Truly a wonderful experience!
  • Such a wonderful visit! I probably haven't been here in 30 years. I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to go with the family. We had such a lovely time. Perfect weather and sunset. Many great photos. It was great to bring my son, who is the same age I was the last time I came. Everyone really enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit. We came right before sunset so we could enjoy it both in the sunlight and lit up after dark.

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