Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Phoenix

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When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

On our trails, you’ll experience the unique and beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world. Walk one or all of these Sonoran Desert nature paths and hiking trails in Phoenix, and you’ll see why we’re so passionate about desert plants.

Butterfly Wonderland

9500 E Via De Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

The conservatory is a rainforest paradise filled with thousands of butterflies that have traveled (via express post) from all over the world to greet our guests each day. Watch as up to 70 different species meet for the first time, sip nectar from beautiful flowers, bask in the brilliant Arizona sunshine, and dance the day away. Our tropical paradise is also home to dozens of colorful Koi fish, some tiny tropical finches, and two amusing chickens.

Fountain Hills Desert Botanic Garden

11300 N Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The Garden is 8 acres with elevation from 1696 to 1800 feet.  Twenty-nine Sonoran Desert plants are identified along the half-mile meandering trail that has been constructed on the desert slopes. The trail allows for interesting views of rock formations, desert flora, animal life, and an abandoned P-Bar Ranch campsite next to the April 25, 1941, constructed dam wall.

The Rose Garden At Mesa Community College

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

The Rose Garden at Mesa Community College is not only a Mesa landmark but a centerpiece for the community, education, and innovative economic initiatives in the East Valley. Students, kindergarten through high school and community college through university, use the Rose Garden as botanical laboratories and study areas.  The Rose Garden’s nearly 9,000 rose bushes demonstrate the tremendous number of vibrant colors, flower forms, and growth habits that are available for everyone to enjoy from roses, whether at The Rose Garden at MCC or to provide ideas for their own gardens.

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