The Desert Botanical Garden, keeping the desert alive.

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

When most people think of Arizona they think of the desert, and rightly so because we sit smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. But what most people don’t know is that the native desert is rapidly disappearing.

In the late 1800s, a series of canals brought water to the desert. Arizona became an agricultural area. With irrigation, many crops like cotton and lettuce could be grown easily. Some crops had the benefit of two growing seasons which made them lucrative for the farmers. They also found that citruses like grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, would grow easily.

In places like Phoenix, Tucson, and Casa Grande millions of acres of native desert land were plowed under for farms and citrus groves. It stayed that way until post-war America discovered they like warm weather and sunshine. Again, millions of acres of land were plowed under, this time replaced with houses made of stucco and orange tiled roofs.

As the population grew, commercial nurseries brought in plants from California, Florida, and South America and non-native plants began to dominate the landscape. Fortunately, some preservationists saw the necessity to protect the native flora. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is one such place that has become a museum of living things.

The Garden not only protects and cultivates native plant species it has become a home for the birds, bees, and butterflies that thrive on the natural flowers and cactus in the garden.

The Desert Botanical Garden has become a cultural center that promotes education through its Desert Landscape School and library. The Garden also hosts public and private events like art exhibits, concerts, weddings, and fundraisers. They also host an annual plant sale that offers property owners a chance to purchase and plant environmentally friendly native species instead of commercial non-native plantings.

Looking for a great place to stop for a drink or a fine meal? The Garden also is home to Gertrude’s Restaurant a fine dining establishment that features fresh seasonal menus that celebrate Arizona’s growers and producers.

So, if you are visiting the Phoenix area, why not stop in at the Desert Botanical Garden? I think you will be impressed with how lovely a native Arizona landscape can look.



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Comments (13)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Joseph. Wow, what beauties. I would defintely want to visit the Desert Botanical Garden

Apr 17, 2021 11:58 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, desert plants can be quite beautiful.

Apr 18, 2021 11:45 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have been to that garden and it is truly special.  Some of those cacti are very tall and your cactus rose is in full bloom

Apr 17, 2021 01:57 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

It is a nice place to spend a day.

Apr 18, 2021 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- this is so interesting, and I would definitely want to visit if I were there. 

Apr 17, 2021 04:51 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

The DBG is a great place. Fun all year long.

Apr 18, 2021 11:46 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


What a beautiful place to visit. While I was there I would love to eat at Gertrude's. Do you think if I gave you notice you could join me? 


Thank you for your entry in or Spring Challenge  

Apr 18, 2021 07:44 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, next time you are visiting let me know. I am always down for Gertrudes.

Apr 18, 2021 11:47 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joesph,
I have been to the Botanical Garden once and would love to go again sometime.  I always enjoy photographing the various cactus when I am in the desert... especially when they are flowering.

Apr 18, 2021 11:26 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, the cactus flowers are short lived, but beautiful when they are in bloom.

Apr 18, 2021 11:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are amazing photos of your Desert Botanical Garden, Joseph.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Apr 18, 2021 11:32 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes these are some great pictures. Thaks Myrl.

Apr 18, 2021 11:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 18, 2021 11:32 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Myrl for the feature.

Apr 18, 2021 11:49 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

The desert ecosystem is so unique. Great that the Garden offers a place to display it. L.

PS  And - a good home for the "workers" - the birds, bees, and butterflies that thrive on the natural flowers and cactus in the garden. 

Apr 21, 2021 08:44 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Congratulations on another feature - the photos are beautiful.  Makes me want to schedule a trip to the desert! 

Apr 23, 2021 07:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

The photos are spectacular of the Desert Botanical Gardens! Congratulations on a well deserved featured post and excellent entry into this months challenge.

Apr 23, 2021 03:11 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

The Desert Botanical Garden is a very special place, indeed, offering great trails and education about living in the desert. Congratulations on this feature, Joseph!

Apr 23, 2021 05:50 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

So gorgeous. I love how diverse nature is around the country! Wow!

Apr 24, 2021 06:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Joseph,  Thanks for sharing this great post.  These beautiful desert plants, are not what usually come to mind when you hear the word desert.   Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

Apr 24, 2021 04:11 PM

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