The Desert Botanical Garden in Pheonix, Arizona

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Saguaro Cacti

I am amazed by the soaring Saguaro Cacti and the natural beauty of all the arid climate plants in the Sonoran Desert.

A native New Englander is considered, “a non-desert dweller”  out in Pheonix, AZ.  

The Desert Botanical Garden has an interesting collection of desert  plants displayed on multiple thematic trails. There is wonderful educational signage to help you learn more about the Sonoran Desert plants along the “People and Plants of the Sonoran Desert Garden Trail”, which describes  the various uses of desert plants for nourishment, construction, fiber, medicine and tools.

The newest theme collection is the “Agave and Yucca Garden” with striking examples to look at viewed from above on a new bridge

On the “Garden Desert Discovery Trail” are examples of desert plants from around the world and desert wildflowers are highlighted on the “Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail.”

There are frequent daily tours, docents available to answer questions and many special events taking place throughout the year.

The Spring Butterfly Exhibit was open and filled with photographers.

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Also, on special display during my visit was the artwork of Phillip Haas, the “Four Seasons.”

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Summer

I spotted my first hummingbird of the year, just outside the gift shop.

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Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring an umbrella or hat, sunscreen and water. Visit early in the day to avoid the heat. Enjoy!

The Desert Botanical Gardens are located at 1201 N Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008

www.dbg.org

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