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Desert Botanical Gardens | Phoenix Arizona Attraction

Phoenix Botanical Gardens

One of the most popular attractions in the Phoenix area, The desert botanical garden is in a beautiful setting-centrally located in Phoenix up against the Papago Buttes. 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).
Photos of Chihuly Art at Desert Botanical Garden

Photos of Butterfly Exhibit

Tip: The Botanical Gardens are located next to the Phoenix Zoo and Papago Park both excellent spots to visit on the same day.

Save $$ The Entertainment book often has two for one coupons for this activity.

Phone: 480-941-1225

Location: Central Phoenix
Address:1201 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ

Hours: open seven days a week, year round
except for July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. October - April / 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
May - September / 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults: $15.00, Seniors (60+), $13.50, Kids (3-12) $5.00, Under 3 free


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