Desert Botanical Gardens

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1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix Reviews

Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
The King of all Butterflies Oct 09, 2009
Monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies ever created, it is said that they are considered the highest in the hierarchy of butterflies (the kings and queens), hence the name “monarch”. They are indeed the most beautiful of butterflies, not to be missed if one visits the Desert Botanical Gardens . . . The exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden have hundreds of beautiful monarch butterflies fluttering throughout a flower-filled pavilion towards the back of the gardens. The Monarch Butterfly Exhibit is presented each fall at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and is quite easy to locate. Once you have entered the Garden, the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is easy to find, just follow the well displayed purple and yellow signs with “monarch butterfly exhibit” on it. This engaging experience features interpretive displays about the lifecycle, migration patterns, environmental threats, and conservation efforts of the monarch butterfly. All ages are allowed, children are particularly excited and for adults, you’ve never seen the butterflies this close and these many . . .

The Migration pattern of the monarch butterfly is conditioned upon weather: they are not able to survive in colder climates so in autumn, they migrate southwest to escape the cold. In the winter months, they go into hibernation in Mexico and Southern California where the weather remains warm throughout the year. Did you know that the monarch butterflies that live in North America migrate? Monarch butterflies are the only insect to migrate up to 2,500 miles to get out of the cold weather and hibernate. There are two reasons why the monarch butterfly migrates:

• To avoid the cold/ winter

• To get the larval food plants which only grow in warmer climate

The eating habits of the monarch are quite interesting: The larvae (caterpillars) of monarch butterflies for example eat only milkweed that is why it is also referred to as the ‘milkweed butterfly’. The milkweed holds all the nutrients, vitamins and growth components that the larvae needs to grow and develop into the beautiful butterflies. The monarch butterflies go through four generations each year? The first three generations hatch from their cocoon state (also known as the pupa or chrysalis state) and live for up to six weeks, but the fourth generation continues to live on for up to six or eight months so that they can migrate to a warmer climate, hibernate, and then start a new first generation in the spring time. The adult butterflies consume all sorts of different foods including nectar, water and even liquids from some of the fruits that human beings eat. If you are looking to attract monarch butterflies to your backyard, simply plant a few fruit-bearing trees along with plenty of flowers and you should definitely have yourself a back yard full of monarch butterflies. They are drawn to nectar and flowers.

It was interesting watching how the monarch butterfly consumed it’s food: it has small little straw like pipes coiled underneath it’s head and it uses this straw to suck nectar from plants. The straw like pipe is called the proboscis; it allows the monarch butterflies to feed strictly on liquids.

You can visit the exhibit for an additional $3 on top of the $15 adult fee for the Botanical gardens
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Africancrab says:
Hey Ana, thanks for the comment, I'm glad you liked it
Posted on: Oct 10, 2009
Africancrab says:
Thanks Maria, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I had fun learning about the butterflies.
Posted on: Oct 10, 2009
dolfijn says:
Very great review!
Posted on: Oct 10, 2009
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Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
The way of the Desert Oct 05, 2009
I decided to make a trip to Phoenix this weekend to tie some loose ends as far as meet-up locations for the upcoming Phoenix do was concerned. I communicated to Robyn and Adrian about my arrival and we agreed to meet, well it did not happen. Nonetheless I drove from Tucson to Scottsdale arriving at a little after 1:00 pm and headed straight to the Desert Botanical Gardens (this is one of the optional activities I‘m recommending to the Travbuddies coming to Phoenix). I spent a good two hours touring the Garden with fourty minutes dedicated to the Monarch Butterfly exhibition. I’m honestly ashamed to admit that after almost 7 years in Arizona, I had never visited the Botanical Garden, well not until today, I visited it only because I have put it as an optional activities for my fellow Travbuddies who are coming for a meet-up on October 23 and 24, 2009. The Garden is extraordinary, quite simply beautiful and I must add I would have spent more time had it not been for the heat. The weather man was wrong, it was supposed to be cool today (well I might have confused the weather of Tucson with that of Phoenix), but no, nah ah, it was over 90 degrees and a little uncomfortable if you know what I mean. The breeze made it a little bearable, but even then I could only dedicate so much time. I was delighted by the grand display of three giant glass forms in the front garden as one approaches the main information area. The artist Dale Chihuly of Chihuly Glass Studios has installed three exciting glass trees that grab your attention right off as you come in. The garden is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about the plants, animals and birds in the desert environment. The towering Saguaro cacti impress upon you their depth and presence. I was able to count five thematic trails that illustrate a variety of topics, interesting and quite exciting for many tourists too. The many desert plants from various regions of the world are displayed on the Discovery Trail. The display of how desert plants can be used for nourishment are displayed on The Plant & People of Sonora Desert Trail. The one I could nor resist was one that bore my name, I felt the urge to cover the last name just to pass it off as mine, but I thought it might be unbelievable: The Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wild Flower Trail show cases wild flowers, I did take time here to enjoy the colors of the desert.

The Monarch butterfly exhibition is an added treat to it all, not to be missed for an extra $3.00. It would be a shame for a tourist to visit Phoenix and leave without visiting the Botanical Gardens. It's tourist friendly with plenty of picture taking opportunities (especially if you are a Travbuddy, ha-ha!). You can even buy some small boxed cactus gardens in the gift shop along with many other gifts.

The following is information on fees:

Adults $15

Students $7.50 (must have valid ID

Children $5.00 (4-12 years) 3 years and younger free

Seniors $13.50 (must be 60 years and older

The only thing I did not like besides the heat, was the entrance fees, I think it is a little steep for what is offered considering you have to pay extra for the butterfly exhibit.

Please do not forget to wear comfortable shoes, there is quite a bit of walking to cover all 5 trails, bring water, sunscreen and a sun hat if you are visiting between April and end of October.
Signage at the entrance
Glass art display
Monarch butterfly exhibit
Prickly Pear cacti
Africancrab says:
It is beautiful indeed Sarah, I'm sure you will visit this part of the US sometime, I will give you an open invitation to visit me whenever yu have time, and I will promise to take you to the Gardens and to the other sites around.
Posted on: Oct 06, 2009
sarahsan says:
Lovely review Harriet! I wish I had been able to join your meet up. I would definitely have gone to the Botanical Garden!
Posted on: Oct 06, 2009
ceh23 ceh23
8 reviews
Beautiful Dec 22, 2009
A couple of friends and I decided to go to the Botanical Gardens to get away from a conference we were at. We weren't expecting anything but it turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Phoenix!

We went when Chihuly had his exhibit throughout the garden and it was simply stunning! (Chihuly is a pretty famous Glass artist) Although the exhibit is now gone, I still recommend checking out the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, the flowers were also gorgeous. Even with an overcaste day, the garden turned me into a photographer for the day. Also, they frequently have music in the park.
X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
A Cactus lovers delight Apr 11, 2008
The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix covers 145 acres and is among the best for showing off a full array of cactus and hot climate plants and flowers. And in the springtime many of the cactus bloom with colorful flowers. We managed to see a few and we could see many more that almost ready to open. The different areas are well maintained and the signage is very helpful in naming and identifying the plants. In the Hummingbird gardens we were able to watch a few birds come and feed from the flowers when the majority of people had left.

There was even a wonderful butterfly exhibit going on during our visit and for a very small extra fee you could stroll through a special tent and be right in with a large variety and number of butterflies.

This is a place where it is advised to visit early in the day prior to the heat. Even with a number of drinking fountains around the gardens, I would still advise a bottle of water to take along. And a good wide-brimmed hat.

This is a very informative, educational and beautiful stroll. Take your time and enjoy it to its fullest!
bailaviva bailaviva
1 reviews
Jun 22, 2007
The Botanical Gardens are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Phoenix(just not during the summer). You can see cacti from all over the world... it´s pretty sweet. I believe that the cost is only five dollars and it is worth it. There are very few places in the city that are as relaxed as this.

Also, it´s worth checking out the Papagos, right down the street. They are the buttes that you can see from the Botanical Gardens that have a lot of red in them. You can climb stairs up to a big hole in the rocks, which gives you a great view of the city. This is a wonderful way to watch the sunset:)

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