The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is one of the most inspiring places in the country. This enchanting attraction is the perfect combination of garden and museum. With its winding trails and gorgeous open-air exhibits, it’s a great setting to learn about the unique plant life in the Sonoran Desert and around the world. There are more than 50,000 desert trees and plants on display creating a truly mesmerizing landscape.
There is always something special and out of the ordinary to see at the garden, from the vibrant wildflowers blooming proudly to the miniature cactuses peeking out from the sides of trails. Some plants are common and indigenous, while others are endangered and extremely rare. If you visit at night, you may even see flowers that only bloom in the dark. Each display offers insight to the mysteries of the desert.
Become Immersed in Nature
The garden is tucked away in the center of a thriving city, but it’s easy to lose yourself in the picturesque scenery. There are several trails for viewing the desert in full bloom. The Desert Wildflower Trail features sprawling multicolored fields of wildflowers as well as the bees and hummingbirds they attract. If you want to see spectacular mountain views as you explore, check out the Sonoran Desert Nature Trail.
Get the Most from Your Experience
Seasonal exhibits and special events boost the entertainment level at the garden. Learn how butterflies make their transformations at the Meet the Caterpillars exhibit, or see some bizarre cactuses at the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show. There are several exhibits featuring one-of-a-kind creations by celebrated artists as well. You can also enjoy live stage performances, ice cream socials and musical events all in a striking desert setting.
Connect With Nature
Many of the exhibitions and events provide opportunities for appreciating not only the desert environment but nature in general. The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is just one example of this. Twice a year, you can walk among hundreds of vividly colored soaring butterflies as you learn about their habitats and behaviors. The flourishing garden combined with the kaleidoscope of colors is truly stupefying.
Don’t Miss the Details
Because there are points of interest around every corner, it can be easy to miss the small details. A tour guide can help you notice the subtleties, such as the lushness of the cactus forest or the unusual shapes of the herbs in the Picante Garden. You can even go on a flashlight tour and observe the desert in an entirely new way. There are various guided tours to choose from, including individual, group and school outings.
Take an Educational Journey
Each staff member is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the desert and educating the public on protecting the plants and wildlife. If you’re interested in learning about conserving the world’s deserts, you can sign up for a number of different classes, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Both adults and children can benefit from these resources, and the classes and events are exceptionally entertaining.
Chihuly Sculpture glass exhibit on 2014
Located just minutes from downtown Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden is ideal for locals and tourists. Whether you attend an event, view an exhibition, take a class or stroll the quiet trails, you’ll experience the wilderness in ways you’ve never imagined. The rich colors and vitality of the desert are perfectly represented in each display. Because there is so much to see, smell and hear, you’ll likely want to return again and again for new sensory adventures in this natural wonderland.
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