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Desert Botanical Garden

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Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone Number: 480-941-1225
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Description: Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to...
Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
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Living on the prairies, we don't get to see many cacti, so this was an interesting place to visit. We chose a slightly cooler, overcast day and I am very glad we did - there is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Living on the prairies, we don't get to see many cacti, so this was an interesting place to visit. We chose a slightly cooler, overcast day and I am very glad we did - there is some shade to be had, and water fountains are available, but I imagine it could be uncomfortable on a very hot day. We had... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

There was an optional butterfly pavilion and standing with hundreds of butterflies as they soared by was an experience. The cactus were blooming and it was a very pleasant afternoon. There's water filling stations so you don't have to buy bottled water. Cool Dale Chihuly installation near admissions.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a free half day to see Phoenix while on a business trip. Chose to visit this botanic garden and so glad I did. March is the height of bloom time for the amazing breadth of cacti to flower. Have never seen anything like it. Don't miss this uniquely Arizona experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The Desert Botanical Gardens is one of the hidden gems in the valley of the sun. We are members and enjoy going throughout the year. Right now there are many cacti blooming and the butterfly exhibit is open. A great time to check out the garden! We like stopping in and just walking the trails. So beautiful!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We visited one morning with our kids. My husband and I could have stayed all day. Our two kids, 35 months and 7, had enough by hour 2. There are water stations, cafes throughout. The butterfly exhibit was great-especially if you have kids. We would definitely be members if we lived in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent stop!! Great way to spend the afternoon. We saw all kinds of cacti, plants, wild life. Didn't eat at the restaurant but it smelled good!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I've visited twice this past couple months. I would highly suggest visiting around Christmas time when they do the Las Noches de las Luminarias. Very fun atmosphere during that event and the entire place is lit by candles. Also recently went back during the day with some family. Spent about 3 hours walking around viewing all the various desert plants... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the twice while in Phoenix. The gardens and plant variety are wonderful. Several walking trails are available through the fairly large area. There are many great photo opportunities, particularly at sunset. Don't forget to visit the restaurant - great food. If you belong to a botanical garden in your home town, check for reciprocity agreements - we were... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Maybe not for everyone but this is a great way to learn about the desert vegetation and wildlife. There are thousands of different cacti or desert vegetation which is fascinating to learn about. We also saw a road runner, lizards, numerous birds, ground rodents, butterflies and hummingbirds. There are also special presentations happening from artists that are usually unique and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My 13 year old daughter and I recently visited the gardens. I was fascinated by all the cactus and other desert type plants (completely different from the botanical gardens where I live--Santa Barbara). However, my teenager was bored. In hindsight, I should have left her back at the pool, while I enjoyed the garden in peace! The highlight for her... More 

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