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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I'll admit...when its 120 outside, I'm not usually thinking of how beautiful Phoenix is...but walking through the botanical gardens could definitely change my mind! The set up is very much as if you're taking a nature walk so come prepared, i.e. sunscreen, umbrella and walking shoes. You learn a lot about the plants we see here in the wild. There's... More

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Center Valley, PA
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25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited this place on the first day of our visit to Phoenix in late September 2014. They open at 7 in the morning on Fridays and we were there at opening. It was not terribly hot at that point and made for a pleasant walk. There were very few people there at that time, a photographer with a tripod... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is the best place I have ever been to see a good blues band. The desert atmosphere, the awesome lighting, the great food and of course good music. It really is a magical place with all the wandering paths through the glorious desert garden.

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Bonita, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Even though it was 105 degrees the day we visited, the gardens were spectacular. We did move quickly from shady area to shady area, but thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the place. The plant varieties are interesting, but I was most impressed by how plreasingly the plantings were designed. It didn't feel wild, just well-thought-out and providing many ideas for... More

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Verteillac, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Don't be put off by the map - the walks around the desert are not as long as they look. The individual themed sections are all well laid out with good labelling of plants and features. On a hot day between 11 and 3 this is a scorching walk: take a hat and plenty of water. We loved the botanical... More

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Cloverdale, BC
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8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We were looking to learn and experience desert plants and cactus while in the Phoenix area so visited the Desert Botanical Gardens and were not disappointed. Although we did not know it at the time, the 'Chihuly in the Garden' glass and light display was present throughout the park at the time of our visit. The variety and presentation of... More

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Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This botanical garden is right by multiple landmarks in AZ, Give yourself a good 2 hours for this outing, there are so many things to learn. The scenery is gorgeous, you really feel out in the desert!

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Several people told us this was a don't miss attraction. They were right. I learned so much about desert plant life. Beautifully laid out. The fee is high $22 for an adult. But I imagine it is expensive to maintain grounds and qualified staff. Everyone there was pleasant and helpful. They have many rest rooms, Many benches to sit and... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Traveling from South Florida where we also had a Chihuly exhibit, it was exciting and strangely beautiful to see Chihuly in the desert. The Desert Botanical Garden is a nice place to spend the day.

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Peoria, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a treasure in Phoenix. We have been numerous times and are members. Sometimes we go for special exhibits, such as the Chihuly exhibit, but other times we just go to chill and stroll through the exquisite gardens. Our experience at Gertrude's was disappointing, unfortunately. Just too busy and service was spotty. But, that is not what the Gardens... More

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