Arizona Botanical Gardens

In Arizona, these facilities specialize in flora of arid and semi-arid regions, especially plants of the Southwest and the Four Corners. Herbariums may be included within an arboretum, a botanical garden or even a natural history museum. Arboretums and botanical gardens often overlap in their functions and exhibits. They also offer many special events in conjunction with the blooming seasons.arizona botanical gardens 1The Arboretum at Arizona State University: Tempe, Arizona This, the largest urban arboretum in Arizona, is home to over 300 species from diverse geographic regions, as well as the Sonoran Desert. It contains one of the best collections of date palms and conifers in the desert southwest, and offers a growing collection of native southwestern plants.arizona botanical gardens 2Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: Tucson, Arizona A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Visitors can enjoy interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert, alive and in their natural desert settings.arizona botanical gardens 3Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 accessioned plants throughout its five thematic trails, which illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert and desert wildflowers. The Garden offers a variety of lectures and workshops on desert landscaping and horticulture, botanical art and illustration, nature art and photography, and health and wellness. Visit the Garden and enjoy specialized tours, special events, seasonal exhibits, concerts, family activities, dining options and the Garden’s gift and plant shop. + Additional Info + Meetings Contact 941-1225 941-1225 media@dbg.org Website View Map Stay Connectedarizona botanical gardens 4Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 accessioned plants throughout its five thematic trails, which illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert and desert wildflowers. The Garden offers a variety of lectures and workshops on desert landscaping and horticulture, botanical art and illustration, nature art and photography, and health and wellness. Visit the Garden and enjoy specialized tours, special events, seasonal exhibits, concerts, family activities, dining options and the Garden’s gift and plant shop. + Additional Info + Meetingsarizona botanical gardens 5In the 1930s, a small group of local citizens became interested in conserving the fragile desert environment. One was Swedish botanist Gustaf Starck, who found like-minded residents by posting a sign, “Save the desert,” with an arrow pointing to his home. In 1936, they formed the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society (ACNFS) to sponsor a botanical garden to encourage an understanding, appreciation and promotion of the uniqueness of the world’s deserts, particularly the local Sonoran Desert.arizona botanical gardens 6The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 accessioned plants throughout its five thematic trails, which illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert and desert wildflowers. The Garden offers a variety of lectures and workshops on desert landscaping and horticulture, botanical art and illustration, nature art and photography, and health and wellness. Visit the Garden and enjoy specialized tours, special events, seasonal exhibits, concerts, family activities, dining options and the Garden’s gift and plant shop.arizona botanical gardens 7In years when winter rainfall in southern Arizona is only half the average, there is too little autumn rain to trigger mass germination of annual wildflowers. Substantial rain before the end of February is also required for smaller shrubs and herbaceous perennials to bloom, so these too will be disappointing. And while trees and cacti will probably flower on schedule, they will not be as profuse as normal years.arizona botanical gardens 8Eventually Gertrude Webster, whose home encompassed all of what is today the neighborhood of Arcadia, joined the Society. She offered her encouragement, connections and financial support to establish the botanical garden in Papago Park.

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