The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona
Oh, the beauty of the Sonoran Desert! And if you if you live in the Phoenix area or will be visiting, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the desert at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Back to nature at the Desert Botanical Garden
After a three-month closure due to Covid-19, the Desert Botanical Garden is once again welcoming guests to enjoy its beauty. For the time being, reservations will be required to ensure limited capacity for the safety of guests and staff. Through June 30, 2020 reservations will be available exclusively for members, but the Garden will reopen to the general public on July 6, 2020.
Safety measures in keeping with CDC guidelines are in place, including touch-less admission, one-way entrance and exit, hand sanitizing stations, face mask requirements, and social distancing practices. See the Garden’s website for information about specific exhibit openings and safety measures.
Highlights of the Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, just on the border with Scottsdale at McDowell Road and 64th Street, has five trails showcasing more than 50,000 plants and wildflowers in dramatic desert landscapes. Each themed trail highlights various characteristics of conservation and desert life.
Though we had already walked a number of local desert trails and seen a lot of cacti and other flora, we were amazed at the diversity and number of new flora we saw here. We also learned the names of a few things we had seen before. — Four Places for Family Fun in Phoenix and Scottsdale
The trails wind through the 55 acres of cultivated land in the garden’s overall 140 acres. There are over four thousand plant species of which 485 are rare and endangered.
Throughout the year, there are special exhibits, lectures, workshops, and tours. When we visited, the featured experience was the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the garden’s new butterfly pavilion which was still a treat even though we had already been to Butterfly Wonderland. Although we haven’t dined here yet, the on-site restaurant, Gertrude’s, has come highly recommended. In our interview with Scottsdale resident, Mike Shubic, he told us about the free outdoor concerts at the garden during the summer. — Four Places for Family Fun in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Note: As of the date of this post publication, June 24, 2020, Gertrude’s is temporarily closed. Please check with Desert Botanical Garden directly for the latest information on its reopening.
One of the beautiful and fun special events happens during the holiday season. Spending an evening at Desert Botanical Garden during Christmas season can really get you in the holiday spirit. In fact, you might even say that it’s magical! In addition to the lovely walk among the lanterns along the garden’s trails, there are many indoor and outdoor venues with diverse musical performances, food and drink, and cultural exhibits.
Planning for your visit to Desert Botanical Garden
For more information about trails (including a trail map), special exhibits, events, educational programs, and conservation programs: Desert Botanical Garden
Location and contact information:
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Desert Botanical Garden membership tip: Consider getting an annual membership. You will receive free admission during the year, guest passes, reciprocal admission to 300 gardens and conservatories in the United States, and other benefits. If you are already a member, your membership will be extended for three months due to the recent closure.