I visited the gardens after moving here from Atlanta to get a taste of the local flora and fauna, I was very pleased with what I found. The desert beauty of Arizona is something that eludes most of us because we think of beautiful scenery as green trees and grasses. The Desert Botanical Gardens teaches the visitor that the harsh beauty of the desert is unique and stunning! The garden itself is located next to the Phoenix Zoo which is nice for those who want to include it in a more kid-oriented day. I went with my wife and kids and although we didn't go to the zoo, my children enjoyed themselves just the same.
The gardens boast a year-round display of various plants, flowers and trees not to mention the little creepy crawlies that roam about if your lucky enough to come across a few. The crowning achievement of the garden is of course, the cactus. Most of these beautiful cacti are not only very large but very old too. The flowers and fruits that the cactus provide are a wonder to the eyes and a great attraction for butterflies and hummingbirds alike.
The gardens offer a lot of information as well as cactus and desert foliage available for sale to visitors. The gift shop has a wide array of gifts and thankfully-water and sunscreen. I must tell you that the paths get really hot and there is very little shade to block the sun. So if you are going to go even on a spring day, wear a hat and bring A LOT of water...the heat sneaks up on you!
All in all, it is a great place to visit and return to again!!!
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