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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
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Ranked #2 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums
Activities: Viewing foliage
Description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Phoenix, Arizona
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is the third outdoor concert I have been to at DBG. If the weather is good, this will be one of the best experiences ever. The mountain is all lit up at night and they serve wine by the bottle as well as a bar, buffet and cafe with a few nice choices. You simply cannot beat the atmosphere... More

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Boerne, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We came here before the airport to get a little exercise before our flight. It was wonderful. Loved the trails and learned a lot. Butterfly area is not worth the extra charge however. I would skip it. But the rest of the garden is great, worth the price of admission.

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Levis, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were there 15 years ago and it still a nice place to visit. You must appreciate nature and plants to enjoy. Well maintain, a part was on construction but didn't disturb our visit. Around one hour and half to do the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a great place to visit on our first day in the Phoenix area. The paths and vegetation were clearly marked with descriptive details and explanations. We enjoyed the butterfly exhibit and dinner at Gertrude's too.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

To see what can be done with glass and color and cactus. UNbelielable this is a must see when it comes. Best time is early evening untill it closes and you see two different takes on it.

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Desert Botanical Garden is, first of all, a wonderful introduction to the desert environments of Arizona - - especially for those of us who live elsewhere. But it is more than that: an introduction to the ways in which Native Americans used the different ecological zones in the desert, and the processes of evolution (especially convergence) in different plant... More

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South West U.S.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Fantastic docent, highest quality garden, special sunset/evening performances and perfectly set to show off the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. One of my favorite places in Phoenix!

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We recently visited the gardens and had a wonderful visit. After recent rains the cacti were in bloom and it was so fun to see all of the different kinds of plants. It was warm but there were plenty of places that had shade and a surprising amount of benches all around to rest. We had my 86 year old... More

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Mertztown, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is literally one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in my life. Extremely well manicured and very educational. We flew into Sky Harbor and went here right from the airport which is only 10 minutes away at most. We got to watch the sunset and see the paths get lit up for the evening. It's open until... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

When we started our trip with a visit to the botanical gardens, we had no idea how helpful it would be. Aside from giving us a background on different types of plants and cacti, it taught us about the different ecosystems in which they'd thrive. As one might expect, the gardens are set up in sections that represent different collections.... More

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