The Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona are in Papago Park and have some of the most amazing desert plants worldwide. Very few botanical gardens are actually accredited by the American Association of Museums, but the Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona are. That is because there are more than 50-acres of outdoor exhibits. When you visit the Desert Botanical Gardens you will be amazed at the vast array of plant species that are threatened, endangered, and/or rare. More than 300,000 people visit the gardens each and every year to enjoy the amazing collection of plants!
The Gardens are internationally known for their plant collection as well as their educational and research programs. If you have any interest in desert plants then you will definitely want to plan some time to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens.
Many people who do not particularly care for plants do enjoy visiting these gardens simply because there are so many plants you may have never seen before. For example, there are more things than just cactus to see. There are actually quite a few desert plants that have beautiful flowers and other plants that are really gorgeous. If you like cactus then you will certainly like these gardens because there are more than 20,000 different types of cactus here! You can take the walking trails to explore the gardens and check out all the different plants. There is also an amazing butterfly pavilion that is open from March to May. This is really the best time to visit because you can see the gardens and the butterflies!
There are plenty of other things to see when you are in the Tempe, Arizona area. You can check out the Zoo and Papago Park as well as wander around the town to get a good feel for the area. Eat lunch outside, enjoy the day, and just have fun.