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Nestled in the red rocks of the Papago Buttes, the Desert Botanical Garden offers a collection of more than 50,000 plants from deserts around the world. The Garden includes five thematic trails that concentrate on topics such as conservation, desert living, and desert wildflowers.
The garden, founded in 1937 by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society and settled at this site in 1939, has more than 50,000 plants, only one-third of which are native to the greater Phoenix area, including almost four hundred species, which are rare, threatened or endangered.
There is a prominent collection of over 4,000 agave plants and 14,000 cacti plants. Shade houses protect those plants from less extreme climate conditions, however, most of the featured plants from Australia, Baja California, and South America have adapted to desert conditions.
Volunteers remain a Garden asset, as they did in the beginning when the staff, along with finances. They share their time, professional expertise, plan, and coordinate plant sales, art exhibits, public events, and some even donate their own collections.
The Garden is known for its status as a premier plant research institution which brings volunteers and staff together to improve our knowledge and conservation of desert plants.
The Garden activates all senses and not just in the exhibits, but also from the various food options including Gertrude's restaurant and Patio Café. Visitors can also enjoy specialized tours, special events, seasonal exhibits, and the Garden's gift and plant shop.
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