Spring at The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

written by Julie Cohn

The morning sun yawned over the horizon, a glowing ribbon of light gently caressing everything in its path.  A warm breeze weaved through the trees as they swayed in the morning light.  Gravel crunched under my foot, while birds warbled in the trees above me, a sweet morning serenade.  The air was heavy with the scent of poppies, primrose, and saguaro blossom.  This is spring in the desert, and no place showcases it beauty better than the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  Join me as we celebrate spring at the Desert Botanical Garden.

{Disclosure:  I was invited as a guest of the Desert Botanical Garden.  My opinions are 100% my own.}

Spring at The Desert Botanical Garden

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The botanical garden supports more than just plant life.  Here, desert squirrels frolic between the cactus, a never-ending supply of seeds and greens at their disposal.  Birds, lizards, rodents, and insects make their home in the garden.

Look at the first photo carefully…do you see who is hiding among the leaves?  You can see our little hummingbird friend more clearly in the second photo.  Wildflowers provide an abundance of nectar for hungry spring hummingbirds, before they continue their journey further west or east to cooler climates.

Water peacefully trickles in the fountain, affirming the partnership between earth and water, with water as the ultimate life source for the desert.

Spring at the Desert Botanical Garden 12Thousands of guests have enjoyed Chihuly, the spectacular glass sculpture exhibit designed by Dale Chihuly, which opened at The Desert Botanical Garden in November, 2013.  A select collection of his art still remains in the gardens.

The butterfly exhibit, a 3,200 square foot screened building, contains hundreds of live butterflies.  The butterfly exhibit is open until May 14th.

There are so many wonderful things to do at the Desert Botanical Garden in the spring and summer, including nature walks, classes, workshops, kids camps, and Music in the Garden.  Enjoy farm-to-table freshness at Gertrude’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The Desert Botanical Garden is open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  For more information on current exhibits and seasonal events, visit their website.  You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


If you are looking for beautiful gardens to visit in Southern California, be sure to check out The Huntington in San Marino, CA!

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