The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona are located in Papago Park. The gardens are home to a large collection of desert plants. The 50 acre, 63 year old collection is one of the world's largest and contains plants that are considered to be endangered species from around the world.

Numerous educational programs are held at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Whether you are a preschooler or senior citizen you are bound to find a program of interest. The Desert Landscaper School is a very popular program especially for those who have just built or purchased new homes and need some help with their curb appeal. It is also appealing to those who currently work as landscapers or may be seeking employment in the landscaping field.

The Botanical Drawing courses are also popular. There are three levels of the class with the first level teaching the art of using graphite for simple drawings. The second level uses pencil. The third level combines graphite and pencil and teaches the students how to illustrate botanical concepts such as plant pollination and reproduction. Other courses offered include botanical watercolor, color theory, drawing butterflies and scientific illustration.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix also has pavilions and courtyards that may be rented for weddings, social and corporate events. A Desert Sunset Ceremony will make your wedding an unforgettable event for all in attendance! Jazz in the Gardens and Music in the Gardens are also popular events. If you are feeling up to an evening stroll you will appreciate the Free Flashlight Tours.

Almost daily there are numerous field trips to the gardens. There are special field trip packages designed to please those of any age. The gardens can accommodate field trips for students from preschool to adults. There are also different themed field trips which are also open to adult groups. The garden is currently working on a field trip which is geared towards those students who are currently home schooled.

Numerous organizations offer garden memberships which range in price from $65 per year to $1250 per year. Each organization includes numerous free events in the yearly membership price. The more expensive yearly membership prices include family memberships which admit two adults and children to almost all garden events.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is open seven days a week. It is closed for the observation of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. From October through April the gardens are open from 8AM to 8PM. From May through September the gardens open at 7AM and remain open until 8PM. Keep in mind that some tours are not available after dark.

Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. Students from 13-18 and college students are $5 with identification. Children from 3-12 are $4 and children under 3 are free. If you are planning to be in the Phoenix area the Desert Botanical Garden is a great pastime.