Arizona Desert Botanical Garden

If you’re in the Phoenix area, you won’t want to miss the Desert Botanical Garden! You’ll find acres of beautiful succulents and cacti that are sure to inspire you!

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A few months ago I was able to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona. It’s somewhere that had been on my list of places to go for quite a while. It was amazing!

I’ve started warming up to cacti a little more lately and there was an incredible variety of cacti here. If you’re ever down in the Phoenix area I highly recommend stopping here.

Today’s post is going to be more photos than text, but I promise it won’t disappoint! Hopefully these photos will help you start to see the beauty of cacti (if you don’t already).

I really was amazed at how beautiful these gardens are!

Complementary colors on a cactus at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

Violet flowers on an Opuntia at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

This has species of cactus has become a favorite of mine, Oreocereus celsianus aka Old Man of the Andes. This one looked especially humorous with it’s fuzzy feet and waving arm. See it?

Old Man of the Andes Oreocereus celsianus cactus at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

A great thing about being at the garden in March was several types of cacti were blooming.

I don’t think most succulent flowers are particularly attractive, but these cacti flowers were amazing! It would have been awesome to see them in full bloom, but even just these few were impressive.

I love that this Opuntia violacea Santa Rita flower is exactly complementary to the purple hues of the cactus.

The purple hues with the yellow flower on this Opuntia violacea Santa Rita are beautiful!

Gorgeous cactus flowers just opening up at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

Ever since visiting Patrick Anderson’s garden I have loved the idea of blocks of colorful cement as an accent. The Desert Botanical Garden has just that!

These huge orange arches were beautiful. The color is perfect, subtle enough to add beauty to the garden but contrasty enough to make a statement.

Cement arches used to accent the cactus garden at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix

You’ve only seen a fraction of the incredible cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, so be sure to stop by yourself sometime!

And… if looking at cactus sounds better to you than having them in your garden, one of my all time favorite cactus themed products is this cactus catch-all tray from Dalla Vita.

This cactus catch all tray works well to collect cuttings and leaves as your are pruning your succulents

It’s perfect for collecting leaves to propagate! Or you can use it for something more normal like keeping earrings, rings and other jewelry.

I’m totally hooked on cactus products right now, and even put together a wishlist of items I’ve had my eye on for a while. There’s a few that may surprise you!


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