Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy (Btw McDowell Rd & Van Buren St), Phoenix, AZ 85281, United States
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Open until 8:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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  • "... Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit in the fall." (8 tips)
  • "The Garden flashlight tours will be starting in the summer soon. The..." (2 tips)
  • "They brought back the Chihuly exhibit, it's a must see! Such interesting and..." (3 tips)
  • HISTORY

    At the Desert Botanical Garden you will find 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. It is home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
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  • USA TODAY

    This is one of the best places to see desert plants, including cacti and succulents. The collection includes 140 plants that are rare, endangered or threatened. Read more

    USA TODAY · November 22, 2010
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  • Alexander C.

    Go on the free 2nd tuesday of the month

    Alexander Cherry · February 9, 2010
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  • Tempe Tourism

    The desert comes alive at the Desert Botanical Garden. Walk garden paths and discover all the flora & fauna that makes Arizona unique. Enjoy special exhibits, music concerts, wine tastings and more!

    Tempe Tourism · February 14, 2011
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? With over 4,000 species and approximately 17,000 individual plants, the garden is the most prominent cactus collection in the United States and perhaps, the world. Read more

    K12 Inc · July 11, 2011
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Discover the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert with a trip to the nearby Desert Botanical Garden where more than 50,000 arid-land plants live.

    The Ritz-Carlton · August 23, 2013
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  • Michael A.

    Butterflies are more active in the afternoon

    Michael Astemborski · April 1, 2012
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  • PHOENIX Magazine

    Take your camera. Photo ops are at every turn. And don't forget to turn those images into a 3-day stay at the Four Seasons Scottsdale by entering them our Arizona Photo Contest. Winner also receives a Read more

    PHOENIX Magazine · January 27, 2011
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  • Kathleen F.

    Go for the Garden Flashlight Tours in the summer. And go back for the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit in the fall.

    Kathleen Forden · August 2, 2009
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  • PHOENIX Magazine

    Win tickets to Phoenix Home & Garden's Grand Tour of Gardens taking place April 3, 2011! Plus, one lucky winner receives a $1,000 shopping spree at Today's Patio! www.phgmag.com/ShoppingSpree Read more

    PHOENIX Magazine · February 28, 2011
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  • Michael A.

    Butterflies

    Michael Astemborski · March 11, 2012
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  • Jennifer H.

    I had the best experiences at the Desert Botanical Garden! You can take a walk through the garden, or have a nice lunch at the Patio Cafe, which has great food! The Butterfly Exhibit is a must-see!

    Jennifer Haye · February 12, 2013
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  • Phoenix New Times

    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Day of the Dead Festival! Day of the Dead festivities are part of the ticket price so make sure you check out the ofrendas, mercado and more! Read more

    Phoenix New Times · January 27, 2012
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  • Patrick M.

    Make sure you check out Desert Bells playing one night during las noches de las luminarias.

    Patrick McLeod · December 22, 2010
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  • Tempe Tourism

    Great place to visit before the summer heat. Chihuly in the Garden is a must see. It runs until May 18th.

    Tempe Tourism · April 3, 2013
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  • Laughing Squid

    This is a really amazing place esp. in the springtime when the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is open. Bring sunscreen and comfy shoes, there's plenty of sun and walking here. Read more

    Laughing Squid · April 2, 2012
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  • Andrew P.

    Go to Desert Botanical Gardens. Take the flashlight tour to see the garden out of the heat in the summer.

    Andrew Petro · June 17, 2009
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  • ToryBurch

    Green thumbs love wandering through the rare agave and aloe varieties.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
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  • Erica M.

    Maybe bring an umbrella for those 104• days

    Erica Martone · June 6, 2013
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  • JK G.

    The second Tuesday of every month is FREE admission starting at 1pm. Go catch an amazing sunset!

    JK Grence · May 14, 2013
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  • Jen K.

    It was wonderful and very beautiful :)

    Jen Kendrick❤ · October 19, 2012
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  • The Garden

    If you are coming to Las Noches de las Luminarias, stop by the holiday tree near Webster and share your pictures on our Facebook page! Read more

    The Garden · December 8, 2010
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  • The Garden

    Oct. 16-17 is the Fall Plant Sale Festival Read more

    The Garden · October 15, 2010
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  • Lindsay W.

    The butterfly exhibit is borderline magical -definitely go. The gardens are really well-maintained, especially when I went during the Chihuly exhibit. I'm not a huge fan of the desert but I enjoy it.

    Lindsay Walker · November 15, 2013
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  • The Harlem Globetrotters

    If you love staying active and your kids smiling, we think your kids would love being coached by the Harlem Globetrotters! Our Summer Clinics will be in Phoenix this summer! Check out more: Read more

    The Harlem Globetrotters · April 19, 2013
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  • Matthew O.

    Concerts on Friday night are the way to go!

    Matthew O'Brien · April 13, 2013
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  • Sarah R.

    Make sure to watch the wildlife outside the cafe, not the restaurant, the cafe

    Sarah Rocks! · March 11, 2013
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  • Stephanie M.

    What a beautiful place to see. Highly recommend. Butterfly exhibit was super cool too.

    Stephanie McCarthy · April 10, 2012
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  • Lance F.

    It's very easy to get lost, especially if not sober.

    Lance Fiasco · March 5, 2012
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  • Jason K.

    it is hot in the summer...bring plenty of water and refill it as you walk the park

    Jason Kusner · July 2, 2011
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  • Jac

    Take advantage of Culture Pass if you can. It is free admission for 4.

    Jac · May 12, 2011
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  • Erin C.

    This is a great place to come on a nice day. It is very relaxing and very interesting and pretty. You learn a lot about the Arizona desert!

    Erin Crosswait · April 8, 2011
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  • Marcia Q.

    They may still give half price entrance tickets for college students like they did five years ago. Try to remember some plants' names and decipher what their long name compounds.

    Marcia Q. · November 12, 2010
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  • Linda

    Free admission today including the butterfly pavilion.

    Linda · October 12, 2010
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  • Linda M.

    Always a favorite activity with every trip to Phoenix.

    Linda Mattos · June 20, 2010
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  • Cassie W.

    So beautiful!

    Cassie Winchell · June 18, 2010
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  • 4sq Expert

    I came here for the Phoenix Chamber mixer. So beautiful, especially at Sun down.

    4sq Expert · April 9, 2010
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  • Chrysty H.

    Attended the Yelp in Bloom event. Beautiful night!

    Chrysty Hunt Clarkson · April 4, 2010
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  • Brett S.

    The Luminarias exhibit featuring Chihuly is a fantastic exhibit and one worth seeing at night during the special late night showings.

    Brett Salisbury · 1 week ago
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  • Holiday B.

    Great place. AAA discount available. Bring water if it is hot!

    Holiday Baker Man · 1 week ago
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  • Iza

    Difficult to get from town by public transportation- you either walk, or need to change buses at zoo. Weird.

    Iza · March 30
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  • Theo

    Put your walking shoes on and go in the evening

    Theo · February 2
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  • Cleopatra M.

    Great place to visit while visiting AZ. It was so beautiful and peaceful. There was a brief sand storm, but it passed quickly w/no concerns.

    Cleopatra Myers · January 19
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  • JK G.

    Coming for Noches de las Luminarias? Arrive as close to opening as you can, and drink it all in as slowly as possible. Dare to put away your camera, and enjoy the moment for what it is.

    JK Grence · December 3, 2013
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  • Zachary L.

    Free for active military.

    Zachary Little · November 26, 2013
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  • Taylor G.

    The butterfly exhibit is one of the coolest things at the Gardens.You get to interact with the as they land on you. I think it is only in the spring though

    Taylor Green · November 18, 2013
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  • N H.

    They brought back the Chihuly exhibit, it's a must see! Such interesting and beautiful pieces of art.

    N H · November 18, 2013
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  • Joshua H.

    One of the most unique places in the Tempe/Scottsdale area. You don't realize all the unique plant life in the desert until you visit. Some of the attractions are seasonal, Spring is best.

    Joshua H · November 18, 2013
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  • Jacob G.

    One of the best date places in Arizona.

    Jacob Goldstein · November 18, 2013
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  • Stephanie M.

    Chihuly is back! Even if you aren't a fan of the traditional botanical garden experience you should go to see his work. It is amazing. I recommend a seeing it both during the day and night.

    Stephanie Manning · November 18, 2013
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