Desert Botanical Garden


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Desert Botanical Garden was opened to the public in 1939 as a non-profit museum dedicated to research, education, conservation and display of desert plants inspired by local citizens' need to conserve the beautiful desert environment. Today the 145 acres botanical garden has 50,000+ plant displays showcased in outdoor exhibits and attracts 640 thousands attendees each year.

Desert Botanical Garden provides various tour daily including Desert Discovery, Birds in the Garden, Ask a Gardener and Garden Flashlight Tours. Visitors could also explore the garden by themselves through the following:

  • Ottosen Entry Garden - serves as the grand lobby and features dramatic displays of cacti and succulents designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of desert plants.
  • Desert Discovery Loop Trail - the Garden’s main trail where you can learn the unique characteristics of desert plants from around the world. Along the way you can explore the great diversity of form, texture and color found in this wondrous array of cacti and succulents from around the world.
  • Sonoran Desert Trail - the trail winds through five habitats that have provided the natives with useful plants for food, fiber, medicine and cultural purposes for 2,000 years: Desert, Desert Oasis, Mesquite Bosque, Semi-desert Grassland, and Chaparral.
  • Steele Herb Garden - has a variety of desert-adapted herbs displayed in a Wildlife Garden, Picante Garden, Tea and Culinary Gardens, Sensory Garden and a Medicinal Garden.
  • Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail - has two acres of North American desert wildflower exhibits planted with year-round displays.
  • Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries - showcases the cactus families from various desert regions of the North and Central American deserts, including hot and dry deserts, high-elevation deserts and coastal deserts.
  • Berlin Agave Yucca Forest - plants from the agave, yucca and nolina families.

Minimum Time Needed

Whole Day


Daily: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m

Admission Fee

Adult (19-59): $15
Senior (60+): $13.5
Student (13-18): $7.5
Children (3-12): $5
Member/Children Under 3: Free


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