desert botanical garden | phoenix, az

A few months ago, while we were living in Arizona, we purchased a Groupon to the Desert Botanical Garden. Since I’ve lived mostly in the Midwest and on the East Coast, being in a desert environment was fascinating. The garden is jam-packed with different varieties of cacti, flowers and other desert plants to study and photograph and since it’s located across the street from Camelback Mountain, the views are stunning.

Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
When we made the trip, Philip Haas’ The Four Seasons fiberglass statues were being displayed inside. These four sculptures represent winter, spring, summer and autumn, and include flowers, branches, fruits, vegetables and other objects. As you can probably tell from our photographs, the heads were massive! 

Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden has a full-service restaurant called Gertrude’s and a small shop near the entrance/exit with artwork and a variety of plants. We had fun picking out a small cactus, succulents and a ceramic pot for our apartment. Unfortunately, one of the valet guys at a hotel in San Antonio drove our SUV too fast around a corner and the potted plants dumped out all over our floor mat. Hmmmph. We no longer have them {moving across the country with plants never works}…

If you’re visiting the Phoenix area, I definitely recommend checking out the Desert Botanical Garden. You can usually find a deal on Groupon or LivingSocial, and admission is free on National Public Gardens Day.


Filed Under: Arizona, Travel18 Comments
  • Emily Patten

    So happy you liked the it! I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life and I find the desert beautiful in its own way.

  • tiarenie

    This is so cool!! Loved looking at the photos!

  • Helene

    what a cool place to visit and with a coupon!!

  • Endymion
  • Ashley

    Guess you need to go back so you can get more cacti! Those statues are too cool, if I’m ever in Arizona I hope I can visit this place :)

  • Steph G

    We hiked Camelback when we were there, but didn’t do much else outside our pool. I’ll have to check that out next time we’re in that area.

  • Kaileigh

    I haven’t been there since I was in elementary school. I guess I’ll have to drag my boyfriend there now. It looks so pretty.

  • Shelley

    Ohh interesting!! Did you ever go do horseback riding at Western Destination?? I’m thinking about doing that next time I go!

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    WOW, great photos!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • la petite lulu

    Ok, that looks kinda awesome! I’ve never seen anything quite like that before. It’s surprising how pretty a desert environment can be!

  • Caroline Mary

    So surreal looking! I love it!

  • LB

    Love those pictures!! So cool looking!

  • Tina Byland

    SO COOL! But that second to last shot of the creepy looking growth on that saguaro cactus, well, I could’ve done without that. That gives me the creeps. On the happier side, I love the faces statues!

  • FierceandFashionable

    Looks so pretty there!


    Fierce & Fashionable

  • Lisette

    Those heads are a little creepy. Haha. I know I would have taken pictures too!

  • Living in Another Language

    Oh my gosh! Rachel, these are sooo cool! I would have been all over this. I love all the colors…definitely fine pieces of art. :)

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

  • Megan

    I LOVE the AZ Botanical Gardens! I never really appreciated the beauty of the desert until I moved away for college- now every time I visit home, I just think it is so beautiful! I really wanted to get married at the Botanical Gardens (I’ve been to a couple gorgeous weddings there), but unfortunately it was booked for our weekend.

  • Elizabeth Magee

    Love your photos!

    New follower from the Aloha hop. :)
    Liz @ Craft E Magee