Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
4.5
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees. Scroll through the Garden's calendar so not to miss festive events and dazzling exhibitions. Delve deeper to learn about desert landscaping, nature art, cooking and wellness and more through the Garden's various adult and children's classes.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Gloria
    Baltimore, Maryland169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Desert
    I wasn't sure what to expect. The Gardens exceeded our expectations. In addition to seeing more types of cactus than we knew existed, we also saw two Jack rabbits, a couple of cool looking lizards, hummingbirds and other birds we had never seen before. Great way to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Sylvia HD
    Scottsdale, Arizona170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cacti Heaven
    A must see if you’re in Phoenix Arizona. Better to go when the weather is nice and cooler. Amazing hundred years old cacti to admire and take photos. Lot of walking between the trees and plants but worth it. Usually the garden has art shows and special events going on so for the entry price can have a year’s membership to come back whenever you can.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • nhgreen2018
    Los Angeles, California9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific for the whole family
    This is a terrific outing, but don't go in the stifling heat of Summer. They had a Chilhooley exhibit while we were there, and they mounted it beautifully, with some parts indoors and some outdoors in the gardens. I'd go back for almost any special exhibition.
    Visited October 2022
    Written July 5, 2023
  • PsychoSmart
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many lizards!
    The Desert Botanical Garden offers a delightful escape into nature's wonders, even for those who may not have a particular interest in plant life. While the gardens boast a multitude of stunning flora, including a diverse range of cacti and desert plants, there are other attractions to appreciate. For instance, if you're more drawn to wildlife, you'll find yourself surrounded by an ample amount of ground squirrels and lizards that add a touch of liveliness to the environment. Moreover, the garden ensures visitor comfort with plenty of shaded areas to seek respite from the sun, as well as numerous water fountains equipped with water bottle stations. Plus, the convenience of air-conditioned bathrooms throughout the premises enhances the overall experience. The scenery at the Desert Botanical Garden is nothing short of breathtaking. The juxtaposition of vibrant desert flowers, towering cacti, and the unique desert landscape creates a captivating visual spectacle. Whether you're strolling along the well-maintained paths or sitting in one of the shaded areas, you'll find yourself immersed in the serene beauty of the surroundings. The attention to detail and the preservation of this arid ecosystem are commendable, and it's an ideal place to reconnect with nature and enjoy a peaceful respite from the bustling city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Sarah L
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    Beautiful place to walk around. We went when it was a bit hot outside but there are lots of places in the shade to sit and water fountains. The bathrooms have AC and are in a few places so that makes it nice. The shop is cute and the staff is friendly. I loved seeing the plants and all the critters. We were able to spot a few and I loved the lizards.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Josh N
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert Botanical Garden
    This botanical garden was recommended to us by a local in the area. We are from Arkansas and if love the outdoors like we do then this is a must do! You get all the Sonora Desert plants and animals all in one spot beautifully organized into sections that are divided with a map given to you upon entry. It was a very cool tour and we stayed for a couple hours or so easily. Highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • ChickenParm41
    763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place!
    Got in free because it was Community Day...that made our day! Saved probably $60. Just absolutely amazing plant-life. It was very hot and we packed plenty of water and Gatorade. NIce, short walking loops, with break stops. Also got to witness some smaller wildlife. The souvenier shop offered a respite from the 115 degree temperature. Highly recommended!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • steven s
    Tonawanda, New York235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Great place to see all the different plants in Arizona. To bad we went on the hottest day of the year. Went early but still unbearable. Water stations but the water wasn’t that cold so not so good. Coyotes are on site. Did have one staring us down walking around.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Brandon
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania940 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot Temps and Even Hotter Views
    Prepare for the weather. All of the garden is completely outside. Bring the sunscreen and plenty of water. The path is very walkable, and the views are amazing. The garden is a sight to see, but the mountains behind it elevate it to another level. There are water stations throughout the paths and plenty of shade stops.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • LMB
    New York City, New York20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Morning Activity
    Very nicely laid out with meandering trails. It's impeccably maintained. Overall about a 2 mile easy walk with lots of interesting things to see. Stopped in the art gallery to see a short film about Fernando Botero which was a nice respite from the sun but also educational. Staff is very helpful and cute gift shop. Recommend going early morning before the weather gets too hot.
    Visited October 2023
    Written October 21, 2023
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Devon A
Traverse City, MI121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We paid $24.95 to get in thinking it was going to a beautiful experience after reading the reviews. We’ve been to many botanical gardens but this one was a let down. It’s the same plants a million times over. Nothing was bloomed so it literally was a million cacti. The best part about it was the light up sculptures. They even closed off one of the biggest loops, 2 hours before they closed, so after paying full price we didn’t even get to see the whole garden. They are open till like 10 pm however have the worst lighting in the world so u can’t even see anything. I wouldn’t return, and sad I wasted $50 here.
Written February 16, 2020
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We appreciate your feedback! We are sorry to hear you had a less-than 5-star experience at the Garden. As a nonprofit, the Garden uses funds from admission and membership to add new visitor amenities, horticulture displays and exhibits. The new price structure includes access to the seasonal Butterfly Exhibit and behind-the-scenes tours of the new Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science. In addition, the Garden uses funds from admissions to further our work in desert conservation both locally and around the world. Speaking of, the Garden has one of the most complete collections of cactus and agave in the world, and we display them in our collection and on the trails. We will certainly share your thoughts with our staff to explore ways to improve visitor experiences, but if you would like to share any other feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out to acannon@dbg.org. We would also love if you gave us another chance. If you reach out to that email, he will share a promo code with a discount for you to come back at another time.
Written February 24, 2020
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197labs
Sherburn, MN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Beautiful displays of the vegetation you can find in the desert and so much variety! We came in the evening around 5:00 and stayed till closing at 8pm. My daughter and I LOVE plants and botanical gardens, and this exceeded expectations. Everything we saw was outdoors and the displays of all the cacti and succulents were stunning. We were so fortunate to see so many things flowering too! They started closing off parts around 7ish, so I would recommend making sure to hit the outside areas as soon as you can if coming in later in the day. They required masks due to COVID, which I appreciated, although I do have to say it did get hot wearing a mask all the time outside (it was about 95 out when we visited).
Written April 8, 2021
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L6251LTamyl
Boston, United States44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoyed the Beatles tribute band, Marmalade Skies in the garden, after watching the brilliant sunset. Most shows sell out, so get your tickets in advance and plan to arrive early enough to snag a table. Beverages are available for purchase, along with various snacks. This is a great outdoor venue and quite comfortable in late February.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jackie
Katy, TX24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Out of all the botanical gardens I have been to this is definitely the most beautiful one! I went during the middle of March for spring break and there were so many gorgeous blooms. It was very hot and sunny so pack some sunglasses and a hat. Lots of walking to do but you can probably get through it in about two to three hours if you are pressed for time and can still see the whole thing. While I was there they had a traveling art exhibit of different colored animals statues throughout the garden that were awesome photo ops. All of the photos I took here came out stunning. They also had a butterfly garden that was included with your admission that was full of beautiful butterflies. The gift shop was kind of pricy but had really cute and unique things to buy. Overall, I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area because it is honestly so picturesque and will be your favorite photos from your entire vacation!
Written April 24, 2020
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Christine
Chicago, IL28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I would rate the garden average because of the price and because I felt there were missed opportunities to educate the public on the plants and health of the environment. $29 per person was a little steep for the experience (hiking camelback mountain is free). We didn’t do a tour so perhaps we didn’t experience the gardens correctly.

I did enjoy the Sonoran Desert trail. There were more signs on this trail that taught me about the different plants and animals.

I would recommend this for children in strollers or individuals interested in learning about desert plants.
Written January 2, 2020
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I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time at the Garden. We would love to hear about your experience and what could have made it better. Please contact our Guest Services Manager at acannon@dbg.org. If you reach out to that email, he will share a promo code with a discount for you to come back at another time.
Written January 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MrsWeis
Phoenix, AZ342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The botantical has a great mix of cacti and bushes. I would have liked to see more flowers that survive in the garden here in Phoenix. We went on second Tuesday of the month which is a day you can get in for free otherwise it's $25 per person (which I wouldn't pay). It's not worth $25 IMO. The day that it is free they accept donations. I brought sister and brother-in-law while they were here visiting.
Written February 11, 2020
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Chuck E
Fircrest, WA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Other than 2 trips to the Grand Canyon, this was my first trip :"inside" Arizona. I was visiting a freind in Mesa who winters here. I was staying for 8 days and he planned our day trips to maximize the most of what the area had to offer without overdoing it each day.
On 2-28-20 we drove to Tempe to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. The garden featured all sorts of cacti, Yucca and succulent galleries as well as grasses a butterfly pavillion and a desert wildflower trail. All the trails were open and you could go at your own pace. In addition to all the vegetation , There was an exhibit of Chihuly glass along side a display called Wild Rising by Cracking Art; life sized resin animals all painted in bright colors such as lime green penguins, yellow. frogs, blue and fuscia meertkats and bright blue alligators among others. A large pure white elephant was stationed in the Ottosen gallery on site as well. I understood from a docent that the animals were on loan from an Italian company and when their display time was finished they would deflate the animals, pack them up and move to the next location.

You could easily spend an entire day walking over all the trails and viewing the mountains just on the outside of the park. Entrance fee was under $20.00 for seniors
Written March 26, 2020
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Richard S
Panama City, Panama375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
A very peaceful and relaxing way to spend a few hours walking among some amazing cacti and local flora. The butterfly pavilion was a particular favourite and almost worth the price of admission on its own! Allow about 3 hours to walk around the entire site and make sure you wear a hat and have a supply of water as it can get very hot. There are plenty of water stations and washrooms dotted about the gardens.
Written March 10, 2020
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ReadRibbet
928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Desert Botanical Gardens is a great destination to meet up with friends and enjoy a day together. Easily accessible with plenty of free parking, the Garden offers many paths so even on a crowded day, you don't feel crushed by others. Many paths offer shade and places to sit down. Plants are labeled for guiding oneself through the Garden with other educational information posted. Currently an art installation of boldly colored animal creatures are scattered throughout the Garden. Chihuly scuptures are at the entrance. The fee for seniors was around $25 as non members. Get a reservation when you enter if you want to eat at Gertrudes the onsite restaurant. It is a nice place to enjoy lunch while at the Garden. The Garden has an extensive gift shop and plant shop. Overall, a really nice place to visit while in the area.
Written February 26, 2020
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J W
Minneapolis, MN249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Absolutely fantastic gardens especially if you are a succulent lover. Currently there is a special exhibit, Chiluly, which is worth seeing. We bought admission tickets for 4:45pm and dinner reservations at the gardens for 5:30pm. We were able to explore some of the gardens during daylight, eat dinner and then return to the gardens at dusk and sunset. The lighting was magical and the exhibit also had night lighting.
Written January 29, 2022
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