I have lived in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years and we continue to visit one of the most interesting and beautiful places on a regular basis when I feel the need to relax and unwind. Where is this special place you ask? It is the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
I live in one of the best places in the Southwest and would guess that most people who make the Phoenix metro area their home have never visited this calm and tranquil garden park. From the summer jazz series, walking tours, eco camps for kids, flash light event and many other cultural events that are hosted at the Phoenix Botanical Garden, this place can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. www.dbg.org
A charter member of the Museum Association of Arizona and National Center for Plant Conservation, the Garden is fully accredited with the American Association of Museums and American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. It continues to build on its 64-year legacy of environmental stewardship, and has become nationally and internationally renowned for its plant collections, research and educational programs.
We know times are hard these days and everyone is trying to save money, but this is the time of year when families start looking towards the holiday and this place comes alive literally during the fall and winter months. If you want to try something new and be amazed at the wonders of our Sonoran Desert, then take some time out this fall or winter and spend a day or evening at the Phoenix Botanical Garden. I know you will love it and come back time and time again like I have over the past 20 years. I never get tired of enjoying the beauty of the desert and I don’t have to drive endlessly to find it. Located only minutes away from my own backyard and if you have extra time and want to make a long day of it, stop by the Phoenix Zoo which is just around the corner for the Botanical Garden. The Garden also has an outstanding cafe that features some wonderful tasty treats for all to enjoy! Hope to see you there this holiday season