For anyone with an interest in flora a visit to the Phoenix's Desert Botanical Gardens is an absolute must during your time there. There is a great amount of information on the incredible variety of resilient plants that brave the harsh conditions of the Desert. You can learn about how cacti manage to thrive in such a brutal environment and there is also a chance to see a delightful selection of butterflies at the butterfly exhibit.
Things to Do
- Docent led tours are free with admission and do not require reservations. The guides have been trained to answer your queries about the various species of plant life to be seen at the Gardens.
- For birdwatchers there are morning bird walks led by expert birders.
- If you prefer to go at your own pace you can simple guide yourself around the Gardens or rent an audio tour. It is also possible to book a place on specially tailored guided tours ahead of time
- At the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit you can learn about the endangered Monarch butterflies and the Botanical Garden's efforts to conserve and increase their numbers. Visitors can find out about the life cycle and migration patterns of these beautiful creatures.
Desert Botanical Gardens Insider Tips
- Feel free to ask for one of the activity sheets for kids available at the Admissions entrance booths.
- Remember to bring water, a hat and plenty of sunscreen, after all this is the desert!
- You can download a copy of the Garden's trail guide.