Desert Botanical Garden

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Facility:Desert Botanical Garden
Description:Nestled amid the buttes of Papago Park, the Garden is home to one of the world's finest and most diverse collections of succulent plants, including rare, threatened and endangered species. It sits on 145 acres and displays more than 50,000 plants. Enjoy the Garden's specialized tours, demonstrations, workshops, seasonal exhibits, special events, concerts, family activities, outdoor café and the gift and plant shops.
Address 1:1201 North Galvin Pkwy
Address 2:
Zip Code:85008-3490
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Hours:Open daily except July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25
October - April, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
May - September, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Admission:Garden Members are admitted free
Adults: $10.00
Seniors: $9.00
Students (13-18 and college with ID): $5.00
Children (3-12): $4.00
Children under 3 are admitted free
Call for reduced Group Rates
Telephone:(480) 941-1225
Website:Visit Website
Lisa M, Co-op Member
This is a lovely display of plant life in our magnificent desert. They also have special events at different times. They had a wonderful glass display, and they have a butterfly exhibit once a year. The butterfly exhibit is one of our favorites. They are floating all over the place and if you are wearing bright clothing they will land on you! It is filled with gorgeous flowers and plants for the butterflies (and you) to enjoy! It is a must see!
Dawn, Co-op Member
Definitely go when they have the butterfly exhibit in the spring--that is when most of the desert plants are blooming as well. The scavenger hunt paper they give you to do with the kids is so worthwhile. My children from preschool to junior high got into making tally marks of the plants they saw that illustrated plant adaptations to desert life. What a memorable way to learn these biology concepts! And they get to turn it in for a small prize! If you walk all the paths, you will get good exercise and see some native dwellings and beautiful views of the Phoenix desert habitat. With older students, you might want to plan on some extra time to take a walk up to the "Hole in the Rock" formation next door afterward.
Kristin F., Co-op Member
This is a great field trip for nature lovers! There is an abundance of desert plants and wildlife to enjoy. Go in Spring or Fall before it gets too hot. Spring (March - early May) has a lovely butterfly exhibit that is not to be missed, and in the fall they do it again (late Sept - Nov) with a monarch butterfly exhibit. We didn't get to see everything (with a 4 and 2 year old) but we saw the butterflies, spring wildflowers, cactus in bloom, and ate lunch outdoors and saw quail, desert cardinals, lizards, squirrels and chipmunks. They also offer field trip tours for groups from preschool through high school.
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