The desert is a wild and scary and exciting place. Desert Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to experience the desert, in all her glory, in amazing and classy comfort. Years ago my Eagle Scout cousin took me on some hikes through the desert pointing out every animal, cactus, plant, rock, snake, etc he could find. At first glance, the desert is stark and unforgiving. But, when he took me through with an attention to detail only an engineer can muster my love for the desert was secured. If only my pale skin and dry nose would agree perhaps I could live there.
At the gardens visitors can wander through perfectly manicured pathways and see everything the desert has to offer like desert wild flowers, yucca, agave, saguaro cactus raising their arms to the sky, Cholla cactus waiting to jump and attach itself to passersby, smooth and classy succulents, tall and skinny organ pipe cactus, tall and bazaar boojum, even a cactus they nickname the old man because it appears to have a bald head and wispy white hair! Like any botanical garden the specimens are well cared for and the perfect way to see a fine example of every type of species an area has to offer in a small package.
The gardens are home to a butterfly garden, a cafe, a garden center, and even boast Chihuly glass sculptures that light up the night. The gardens are a must see when visiting Phoenix and can be easily seen in a few hours. Just be sure to bring your hat and your good camera because I neglected to do so and the desert won’t let you get away with that!
For more Arizona fun visit my post on Casa Grande Ruins National Park.
To see some of the other amazing botanical gardens I have visited please click here! I do love photographing a good garden.