Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ

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The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and is easily accessible from both Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Gardens are a nature lover’s dream! If you enjoy desert landscapes and cactus galore, you’re going to enjoy the Desert Botanical Garden.

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona
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Desert Botanical Garden at a Glance

Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Contact: 480-941-1225 | [email protected] | Website

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Visiting The Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a cactus lover’s dream!  As I discovered on a recent trip to Arizona, I totally love cactus! I am obsessed with the different varieties, sizes, and styles of these desert sculptures. I really loved being able to get a close up view of them plus plenty of other desert vegetation at the Desert Botanical Garden.

The Garden is located within Papago Park so it’s convenient to do some hiking on the same day.

The Desert Botanical Gardens cover over 140 acres of land and boast one of the most unique collections of desert plant life in the world.  Upon entering you will be greeted by the gorgeous Chihuly sculptures that are integrated into the entrance gardens.

Chihuly Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

There are 5 themed trails to choose from that feature a variety of desert plant life.  Each trail is marked so you can follow one specific trail or do all of them!

  • Desert Discovery Loop Trail
  • Plants & People of The Sonoran Desert Loop Trail
  • Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail
  • Center For Desert Living Trail
  • Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail

In addition to cactus, there is plenty of other desert plant life to view including wildflowers and agave.

Weber Agave
Weber Agave at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Admission to The Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is open daily to the public. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time on their website.  They also offer a variety of tours included with your ticket and memberships for discounted admission.

Admission Cost:

  • Adult: $24.95-$29.95
  • Children 3-17 years old: $12.95-$14.95
  • Children under 3: Free
  • Members: Free
  • Active Military Personnel: Free

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I’m generally not super into botanical gardens — they are pretty to look at but I tend to find them rather boring.  This one was different, though.  Maybe because it was all outside, or maybe because I have become slightly obsessed with cactus…I don’t know.  If you are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area I would highly recommend a visit.  It’s a nice place to spend a couple of hours.  Happy Travels.