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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 224 things to do 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access

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Naxxar, Malta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I'm no botanical expert but I enjoyed this place. I spent 3 hours visiting all the trails. The most interesting to me was the one describing how people adapted to the Sonoran Desert. Food at the local restaurant was quite good too. They had also a discrete selection of draft beers.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I spent the morning at the Garden and it was just gorgeous. So many beautiful cacti of different shapes, sizes and colors. And the view of the mountains in the background was amazing.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I haven't been to the Botanical Gardens in years, so when my friends from England were in town, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to revisit and see the improvements. Unless you are a person who LOVES cactus and other desert life and want to know every detail of their growth/desert survival, then this is your nirvana. It... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

a wonderful desert garden - a true oasis in the middle of noise and bustle. peaceful walking around and very interesting flora and plants - a memorable experience

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We spent the afternoon in this stunning display of desert flora. I never saw so many varied cactus in a single place. One of the best botanical gardens we have visited.

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New York City, New York
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206 reviews 206 reviews
49 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We walked about 4 miles along the canals from our hotel, Valley Ho, to the botanical gardens. You are greeted by a beautiful Chihuly sculpture at the main entrance and gardens themselves are great. There are docents scattered around the entire park, eager to answer questions or provide more info. Would have loved to take a formal tour, but the... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I had no idea that there were so many varieties of cacti and that they could be so beautiful. We went while there was a Dale Chihuly architectual glass installation amongst the various gardens. It was stunning!!! There is a lovely restaurant which was busy and other food availability. The retail store was fun and offered many nice and fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

While visiting family in Phoenix we decided to come to the gardens for something different to do. This place is wonderful. Although not everything was in full bloom, there were actually a lot if flowers. It was so pretty. All of the plants, trees, and cacti were quite a sight. We saw hummingbirds, woodpeckers, quail, bunnies, and little groundhogs. We... More 

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Ballwin, MO
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The garden is very nice. A lot of information on the plants one sees in this part of the country. Having a beautiful botanical garden in my home town in the Midwest with thousands of colorful plants & flowers I thought this was very plain. It was Winter & not much was in bloom so naturally desert scenery is monochromatic.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful plants/scenery. We didn't do a "tour" so relied a lot on information panels, and coming from Nebraska felt many questions were left unanswered. Food court was busy, but open :-) Overall, good views. If you are a plant lover, this is your garden. However, if not, you may get bored after the first 10 variations of agave plants, and... More 

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