Embracing the Desert in Phoenix, Arizona
Butterflies landing on your shoulder, hummingbirds sipping nectar from wildflowers, cacti, and succulents of every form; this is Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The garden boasts more than 50,000 plants and the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion. Hundreds of butterflies flutter in the enclosed exhibit, allowing an up-close encounter with the tiny beings. Not only are the Sonoran Desert’s cacti displayed throughout the 145-acre garden, but succulents and wildflowers from around the world unleash their beauty on the landscape. Each distinct trail features a walk through a diverse mix of desert plants—and they are are wheelchair accessible, though the dirt paths can require some muscle on the part of the one pushing. Soothing herb and medicinal gardens invite you to stop and stay awhile. When you sit still, you'll catch the woodpeckers and bunnies at home among the plants; everyone spending a leisurely day in the Arizona desert.
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