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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Visit the World Famous Desert Botanical Garden / Phoenix Arizona

Attractions in Arizona are plentiful and on your next visit to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area you'll want to add the following venue to your trip planner. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix Arizona is the world's largest displaying plants and trees from many of the world's desert regions. This is truly a living museum with over 50,00 plants on display. About one-third of the plants are from the local area. A visit to the 140 acre Desert Botanical Garden is a must if you're anywhere near the Phoenix area.

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Desert Botanical Garden
An Amazing Collection

Located in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden displays over 4,000 different species of desert plants with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. Also included is are 400 rare and endangered plant species.

The Garden's cacti collection is one of the largest in the world. Many people of course don't reside in a desert region and a visit to this amazing living museum is a fun and educational experience. It's a great place to come and learn about, and view, desert plants as they thrive in a natural environment and in an absolutely beautiful setting. The upkeep of the Garden is impeccable.

The Garden offers five thematic trails/paths for you to stroll along and most of the plants have information and name signs. The trails include The Desert Discovery Trail (the Garden's main trail)  The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, The Sonoran Desert Nature Trail, The Center fro desert Living Trail and The Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. There is also a gift shop and restaurant (Gertrude's) to visit after your walking tour. There are also docent led Garden tours that are part of your general admission to the park.

The Desert Botanical Garden is located around the buttes of Papago Park. The address is 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. A general information phone number is 480-481-8188.


desert plants arizonaThe Beginning

The Desert Botanical Garden was established in 1939 by a group of local citizens, including environmentalist Gertrude Divine Webster, intent on protecting and conserving the desert environment. They had formed the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society several years prior to the Garden's opening.. When the Garden began with a limited budget, volunteers were much needed and they helped create and  make the garden what it is today. Volunteers are still an important part of the Garden's operations.

The Desert Botanical Garden has stated...The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.

Research is another important undertaking at the Garden. Ongoing research includes evolutionary biology, ecology, plant systematics and conservation biology. Educational opportunities at the Garden include workshops, field trips and classes for every skill level.

The Butterfly Pavilion

If you've ever wanted to know more about butterflies while having them flutter all around you, then the Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden is not to be missed.

The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion features hundreds of butterflies housed in an enclosed lush garden setting.

The Butterfly Exhibit is in progress every spring and fall. From March and into May marks the spring exhibits and late September through late November mark the fall dates. During the fall only Monarch butterflies are seen.

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Special Events and Exhibits

The Desert Botanical Garden schedules seasonal events, special exhibits, activities for the entire family and concerts

One seasonal event is called Las Noches de las Luminarias. This year 2014 will be the 37th year of this very sixteen night popular event. More than 8,000 hand lit luminarias will cast a beautiful glow to the Garden. The event will also have ten groups of entertainers. Dates for 2014 are December 5th through the 23rd.

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Another special event at the Desert Botanical Garden is called Dogs' Day in the Garden where the whole family can stroll through the park and even bring along the family dog. Included are presentations about dog safety in the desert environment and healthy dog treats. Your dog will also be able to sample dog food and dog treats from vendors.

botanical gardensAnother typical event held at the Garden is Accounting For Nature: Past, Present and Future. This particular event features an expert discussing the irreplaceable benefits people gain from nature such as clean water, productive soils, an equable climate, aesthetics and health.

One of the Best Destinations in Phoenix

A visit to the beautiful grounds of the Desert Botanical Garden is a must while in the Phoenix area. Each person visiting will want to spend at least two hours at the Garden and chances are you'll want to stay longer since there's plenty to see of cactus, trees, desert flowers.Each area of the garden was creatively set up, easy to learn from with the signage and the trails are big enough for people to walk through with little crowding.

It's always a good thing to bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes and liquids to drink to keep hydrated. Water stations are located in many areas of the Garden.

(Article and photos copyright 2014 Western Trips)

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