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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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Vail, AZ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We have been to several Botanical Gardens around the country and even though we are in the desert, we were expecting water features, nice cacti displays and flowers. It was tired, dry and the staff was not helpful at all. There wasn't any place to get water, ice cream, or drinks anywhere on the grounds except in the restaurant. Not... More

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

As a couple of "Easterners" we had never been to a desert environment so we found the extensive display of desert plants and trees fascinating. The garden is beautiful and offers a great opportunity to learn what survives in an arid climate. The butterfly exhibit was fun. We also saw reset quail and a roadrunner. Wylie Coyote did not appear... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This place is great in the middle of the week when it is not crowded. It is all outdoors so go when the weather is nice and wear your walking shoes. The café was closed when we visited but you can bring in your own food. If you enjoy nature, you'll appreciate all of the different flora they have put... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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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19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 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 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

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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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