Discover the peaceful vibrancy of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Desert Botanical Garden in Central Phoenix is not only a botanical garden, but it is additionally identified as a museum by the American Association of Museums. Nationally and internationally renowned for its plant collections, research, and also educational programs, Desert Botanical Garden has been operating since 1939. It is a Phoenix Point of Pride.
The Desert Botanical Garden provides the world’s finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The garden covers about 50 acres and has more than 50,000 desert plants consisting of rare, threatened, and endangered species on display. Along with the vast array of native plants on display, the garden is home to over 21,000 plants representing 3,931 plant classifications in 139 plant families.
Site visitors can stroll through five thematic trails that highlight topics such as conservation, desert living, plants, and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. Delight in the many activities they offer such as specialized workshops, seasonal exhibits, special events, concerts, and more. If you want to ensure that you do not miss out on any important details, there are several docent-led tours offered that are included with your paid admission to the Garden. You will learn much about cacti and succulents while spending a day at Desert Botanical Garden, however, you will certainly find out so much more from a docent-led tour.
You can also enjoy a snack at the Patio Café, and If you’re lucky enough you can see roadrunners, a jackrabbit, squirrels, quail, and the infamous Arizona javelinas wandering around. The paths are easily navigated by those on foot, with a walker, or even a wheelchair. Desert Botanical Garden also has a spectacular plant shop and a lovely gift shop on the premises. This is undoubtedly a must-visit location for Desert Fun!