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Desert Botanical Garden

Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone Number: 480-941-1225
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Ranked #2 of 89 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities

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El Mirage, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Every year I take my 78 year old mother, who is wheelchair bound, to the butterfly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Although the lines can be long in its first few days, it is well worth the wait. There is plenty of room inside for maneuvering her wheelchair around school children, baby strollers and admiring adults. This year the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic place to visit in the heart of Tempe to discover a variety of cacti. We also saw a variety of birds including Quail and the Roadrunner. There is information about the traditional ways of some aboriginals that lived in the area. and Butterfly house is not open in January but would be a great addition to... More 

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Hood River, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

this is not your "run of the mill" botanical garden; make sure you allocate at least 1.5 hours..and that may not be enough. The varieties of Cacti and trees are numerous but the Docents really make the tour worthwhile. Several "stations" were set up to explain the different species of plants and each tree, plant and cactus had a label... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

When I am in a new place, I always love to visit gardens. And thanks to a book my mom gave me..The 1001 Gardens To See Before You Die..I can always see if there is a garden I HAVE to see. Sure enough the Desert Botanical Gardens were listed. And I can see why. The luscious gardens sit on 140... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

These gardens offer a variety of trails to walk either on your own or with a walking tour.These gardens offer a variety of desert plants from all over the world. They offer special events, seasonal exhibits & concerts. A great place to spend the day.

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Nebraska
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

They had plants that I never knew existed. The grounds were very well kept. Some plantings were in rows, but most areas were more natural looking. I highly recommend starting with a guided tour lead by a docent.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I spent several hours at the gardens. Easy to get to using light rail and connecting to a bus.Beautiful and easy to walk around. It is handicapped accessible. There are many water fountains scattered throughout the gardens if you are there on a hot day.

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Lafayette, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great way to enjoy the outdoors getting some exercise and learned a lot too Nout the desert flora! Will go again when I visit the area.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing assortment of all that grows in the desert. Highly recommended, especially if you don't live in this climate. The wildflower exhibit is especially interesting.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the hummingbirds! Don't rush through this wonderful garden you will miss them. Take your time and visit the entire garden. The glass cactus was smaller than the huge one at the Museum of Science in Boston but they were still impressive. We got caught in a rain storm and waited it out under the "tin star roof". You have... More 

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