Desert Botanical Garden

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 8 publications
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8 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

There are few places where you can better learn about the beauty and complexity of desert ecology than the Desert Botanical Garden, not far from downtown Phoenix. Full review →



This is one of the best gardens you will ever see, possibly because it's so full of local plants.


Fodor's Tick Choice

Opened in 1939 to conserve and showcase the ecology of the desert, these 150 acres contain more than 4,000 different species of cacti, succulents, trees, and flowers. Full review →


Frommer's 34

In Papago Park adjacent to the Phoenix Zoo, this botanic garden displays more than 20,000 desert plants from around the world. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

This inspirational garden is a refreshing place to reconnect with nature and it offers a great introduction to desert plant life. Full review →


Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

With more than 20,000 desert plants, this unique garden has won awards for environmental education. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Any delusions that the Sonoran Desert is a lifeless dustbowl will be swept away by this 50,000-plus collection of colorful plants, from hundreds of cacti, including the iconic saguaro. Full review →



The Garden’s 145 acres showcase the Sonoran Desert and more than 20,000 plants representing 4,000 species. Full review →

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