Thursday, April 21, 2016

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it.  Robert Edison Fulton, Jr.


A few weeks ago,  I was able to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona.  The Garden is located in the Papago Park, next door toe the Phoenix Zoo, in Phoenix. 

The garden showcases 50 acres of outdoor exhibits, a vast collection of plants from deserts around the world. It is divided in 5 thematic trails that will help you enjoy and explore the beauty of the desert.  Each loop offers a different experience:
  • The Desert Discovery Loop, is the main trail, where you can find cacti and succulents from around the world. 
  • Plants & people of the Southwest Loop, You can learn about plants that have been used for food, fiber, medicine and cultural purposes.
  • Sonoran Desert Nature Loop, This trail focuses on the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.
  • Center for Desert Living,  this trail showcases ideas and ways to work with native plants in order to have a garden in desert environment.
  • Desert Wildflower Loop, This trail illustrate the complex relationships between desert flowers and their pollinators.
I spent more time that I thought and left amazed by the beauty of the gardens.  I was captivated by the orange and brown environment around me and by the gorgeous desert plant life.

I ate at lunch at Gertrude's restaurant, located at the entrance of the garden.  The restaurant mainly uses ingredients from farms to the plate and has a marvelous view.

If you are ever in the Phoenix area I highly recommend stopping here, it's absolutely worth a visit.

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

 Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

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