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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
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Ranked #2 of 129 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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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

When I visited the DBG the Chihuly glass installations were carefully placed throughout the gardens. Playing "find the Chihuly" added interest to something that might otherwise have gotten a little redundant. The timed ticket entry and going in the morning kept it from feeling too crowded, after lunch the gardens seemed to be so full it would be hard to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I am spoiled in that I have the Chicago Botanic Garden in "my backyard" but this was a great experience seeing desert fauna and beautiful art all together. Back home there is still snow on the ground but here it was sunny and 90. What more could you want.

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Reno, NV
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We've been here twice in the daytime and once at night. It has been fun and different and educational every time. It didn't hurt that the flamboyant Chihuly glassworks extravaganza was occurring at the time. There are sights and experiences for just about every taste. Food and snacks are available in several locations; standard museum fare - tasty and a... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I was blown away by this botanical garden. The showing of local plants was really amazing. I was in awe of some of the cacti! We were there when the Chihuly installation was there. The glass sculptures really accented the plants. We also got to partake in a "butterfly opening" at the butterfly pavilion; whenever they receive a new shipment... More

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La Verne, California
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52 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

After you have spent the day at the Museum of Musical Instruments, go after 5 pm to the Botanical Gardens. It will be cooler then, and the birds and animals will all come out to play. This is a first class garden, absolutely beautiful. At times we felt like we were in the middle of the desert by ourselves, it... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This garden can get repetitive quickly unless you are really into the desert landscape. I love the desert, but found myself getting restless after a couple of hours. Just not a great variety. Nice in the winter, definitely avoid in the summer.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Terrific place to view the local flora and fauna! Especially the famous saguaro cactuses! If you are visiting with children, pick up a copy of the book "Cactus Hotel" before visiting, as it will fascinate young people about the incredible, centuries' long life of the saguaro...While there we also saw a quail unique to the area, lizards and even a... More

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We have visited the desert botanical gardens every time we go to Phoenix and enjoy it more each time. It is a place of wonder! Who would have thought a desert could be so beautiful, amazing ,and of such variety of plants all adapted to such harsh conditions! These gardens are a delight and a wonder! So well cared for... More

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Pittsburgh, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Despite the intense afternoon sun and heat, this was a lovely experience. This outdoor desert garden is beautifully kept and peaceful. We spotted some very cute rabbits and prairie dogs running about between the flowering cactuses and other plants. There are many spots with good shade also.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went with friends while the Chihuly was in town and it was Beautiful! I have never visited the Botanical Gardens, it was a great day. We went early to and saw all of the beautiful sculptures. The Butterfly Garden was small but it had many butterflies to look at and make sure to watch your back for hitchhikers as they... More

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