The Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix is a beautiful place to learn about the flora of the southwestern desert. It is a large garden with six major trails or garden exhibit areas. I visited in March as part of a swing through Phoenix. I went to the garden in the morning and then Phoenix Zoo a few hours later. It made for a very entertaining day though it was not easy on the old wallet. Both the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden are a bit pricey for my taste, but they are well set up and I am glad that I went.
What I really enjoyed about the Desert Botanical Garden was the fact that it seemed to be more than just a run of the mill botanical garden. I guess what I am trying to say is that it seemed to be more like I was going for a walk in a well manicured park. They do a wonderful job landscaping, the plant signs are easily visible without being obstructive and the amount of birds, lizards, and rabbits made it all seem very natural. I was shocked to see many hummingbirds buzzing around and I wished my wife and mother-in-law could have been there with me because every summer they put up their feeders and get so excited when they see one.
The Desert Botanical Garden first opened its doors in 1939 and now covers 50 acres of land. It is home to 21,000 plants representing close to 4,000 different plant classifications in 139 plant families. These plants are arranged into six different zones included the 1/3 of a mile Desert Discovery Trail which is the garden’s main trail. The 1/3 mile of Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail gives visitors a chance to understand and see just how Native Americans used to live in the Southwest. One of my personal favorite was the Sonoran Desert Nature Trail which is a quarter mile trail that is situated beautifully with the surrounding landscape. A few other areas of note were their butterfly exhibit (in the spring), herb garden, and Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail.
I would recommend the Desert Botanical Garden to anybody that is living in an area where you do not have the opportunities to see desert vegetation. At the price point of $18 per adult and around $10 for any children that might be going with you I would find it hard to justify going here very often unless I had a member pass. I am glad that I went, it is a beautiful area but with so many things to see in the Phoenix area your hard earned money might be better served in other places. I am glad that I went, but if I am ever back in the Phoenix area I will be looking to see what other things this area has to offer.
Desert Botanical Garden
Located at 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ
Hours of Operation – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May through September 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. October through April closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting- Adults 19 to 59 $18.00 Seniors 60 and over $15.00 Children 12 to 18 $10.00 and Children 3 to 12 $8.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.dbg.org/