As much as I might love to travel to far flung places every chance I get, it’s [sadly] just not practical. But through the years I’ve also come to the conclusion that adventure can be found 5 miles away or 5,000, it’s all about your attitude and perspective. One of the most popular attractions in Phoenix, and one of my personal favorites, is the Desert Botanical Garden.
The Desert Botanical Garden (or DBG for short) has been a Phoenix staple for over 70 years and comprises over 140 acres of gardens. It’s a great place to learn all about the local flora and fauna (i.e., what bites back and what doesn’t) and usually has more than a few birds, bees, and butterflies to see as well.
The DBG hosts a number of classes, concerts, exhibitions, and other events throughout the year, including their annual luminarias at Christmas (which is an amazing experience). I’ve been lucky enough to see two different Chihuly glass exhibits (both of which were stunning of course) as well as a few others. I’m always appreciative of the wide variety of things to see and do within the garden.
The ambiance of the garden never fails to bring peace; and I love that I never quite know what new thing I’ll discover on each visit! I joined as a member of the garden a couple of years ago, which has turned out to be an amazing investment. I love nothing more than taking my camera for a stroll around the property to relax (smile).
Planning a visit:
Regular hours: October – April 8:00am – 8:00pm / May – September 7:00am – 8:00pm
Holiday closures: July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Admission: Adults $22 / Discounts for children and seniors / Garden members have unlimited access / Free admission every second Tuesday of every month
Tips: Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The garden recently opened a lovely on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner if you get hungry.
What’s your favorite spot in your area??