Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, Arizona

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Submitted by: Janice A.

Always fun for the entire family, and they especi...

Submitted by: Nick H.

Desert Botanical Gardens is a fantastic retreat from the sprawling urban environment of Phoenix. We went on a Sunday afternoon and had a wonderful time. There is plenty of parking available and the Gardens were opened until 8PM. We would have loved to stroll through the Gardens at night, but time was not on our side...maybe next time! The $18 entrance fee is steep, but worth it. The Gardens are beautiful, unique, and a perfect place to take a leisurely walk amongst the fascinating landscape. There are literally hundreds of different types of cacti and other desert flora; everything from the giant saguaro to the old man cactus. Remember, you are in the desert and the Gardens are all located outside, so make s...

Submitted by: Adina K.

This place is amazing!  I'm from the Northeast, so I had no idea there were so many varieties of desert plants.  The cacti, the trees, the flowers...everything was stunning.  I spent hours walking around with my family and could easily have stayed longer, but we had my sister's baby out with us and he was ready for a nap.  Not all the members of the group were as enthusiastic about Botany as I am, but everyone had a great time. The Chihuly art display at the entrance is gorgeous.  We also watched a very interesting glass blowing demonstration.  The views of the mountains are breathtaking.  I took over 600 photos during the first visit here alone.  This is a must see attraction for visitors and residents of t...

Submitted by: Michigan T.

I did not think I would enjoy my visit here, but it was beautiful.  I don't think I would bother coming here more than once, but it was nice for a one time visit. The gardens are beautiful, and the Chihuly display was amazing.   I would imagine ...

Submitted by: Janine I.

Amazing place! I'd lived in AZ for 30 years prior to the northwest. Now, after 19 years up north, I'm back "home" for a visit and went out here for the first time EVER. The gardens are fabulous & the shop is incredible. (They ship too, which is nice for a shopper like me...got a gorgeous clay windchime!) No tax ...

Submitted by: Monica J.

Such a beautiful place! I really love learning about the native plants and getting to see them displayed and highlighted to their best advantage. Anyone who doesn't think the desert can be beautiful needs to come here. In fact, all AZ residents should really come here at least once. As long as the weather is nice, walking the paths at your own pace (hopefully with someone you love) is a great way to spend an afternoon. I agree with some of the other reviewers that now that the price has gone up to $15, it does make it a little less practical. But it is still a great option for those occasions when you have friends in from out of town or on holiday weeks when you need a fun activity that the whole family will...

Submitted by: Julie B.

Please, if you want to experience the DBG at its best, DON'T go on the free 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Find a friend with a membership and go on any other night of the month.  I went tonight for one of my regular forays after work, not realizing it was freeloader night.  The place was so crowded with people who really didn't know how to behave (or make their kids behave) in a cultural venue.  Voices were so loud and activity was so high that the garden inhabitants stuck to the underbrush.  I know it's a plant place, but I really enjoy watching the rabbits and birds and listening to the toads in the oasis.  I barely even saw any birds this evening...just two quail, a few hummingbirds...no roadrunners or woodp...

Submitted by: Madre L.

At the DBG's for the first time ever a couple of months ago to check out the venue for my daughter's wedding. From the very beginning, Amber that young lady who worked with us was professional, on the ball and organized...far more than I can say about the wedding planner. I believe she must be the park's event coordinator and totally rocked it. The place is truly beautiful, so different from what a "traditional" garden looks like. Read the other reviews and the other folks will give you a much better idea of the type of plants, bugs, small animals, or as my granddaughter loudly proclaimed " the birds with the hats!" There were four other wedding going on the afternoon (4/29/11) but we never really heard much...

Submitted by: Thao T.

Great for families and couples! The garden has amazing flowers and views of the Arizona mountains in the background. I took my family here since they haven't experienced too much of the Arizona landscape, cactus, wildflowers, and such, and they were amazed at all the cool things we saw. The butterfly pavilion was open, so we spent a good amount of time in there snapping shots of all sort of species that displayed such vivid colors that we didn't want to leave. We also enjoyed the hummingbirds as well as the cactus gardens. This is definitely a nice place to go on a relatively warm day (I probably wouldn't enjoy this as much deep into the heart of summer) and the trails are not that difficult to get through. ...

Submitted by: David W.

It's crazy that I've lived in Phoenix my entire life and I've never visited the Desert Botanical Garden - seemed so BORING to me!  Well, I guess I've grown up and what I thought would be boring is PEACEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.   I didn't get a chance to explore everywhere as I had my two young daughters with me and we headed almos...

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