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

So, for today’s product, I challenge you to add a cactus to your succulent collection. I’ve made a small list of a few favorite cacti for container arrangement. This cute cactus below, Mammillaria gracilis fragilis, is the cactus that made me realize I might just like cactus.

Mammillaria gracilis fragilis is a beautiful little cactus that looks great in succulent container arrangements

I’m not sure why it takes succulent addicts so long to like cacti, but it seems to be a trend. So I’m curious now, what are your thoughts on cacti? I will admit that I’ve only started to find cacti beautiful in the last 6 months or so, but now it’s like a whole new addiction has started.

Also, look forward to another Succulent Saturday or two about cacti in the future. You’ve only seen a fraction of the incredible cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

29 Responses to Arizona Desert Botanical Garden

  1. Lovely to share cacti & succulent knowledge and pics in another country.Have lots of succulents as I find them easier to fit into our garden space but just keep 3 small cacti because the flowers are so special and 1 large one growing beside my clothesline…wonder how big it will grow already even with the fence line!!

  2. I’m lucky enough to work at the Desert Botanical Garden as the publication coordinator! It’s such a beautiful and inspiring place to work, and I love seeing visitors’ photos and how each person captures a unique perspective. Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing!

    • That’s really cool! I would think that would be a fun place to work :) I’m looking forward to going back soon!

      • Merry Christmas to you & your family Cassidy.
        You are a great source of ideas & I now have many varieties of succulents.
        A friend gave me a glass glove with teeny tiny succulents on a bed of moss with sparkle.
        Thank you for all you provide Cassidy.
        You are a Christmas blessing to me!

  3. We were lucky to visit in December many years ago; spectacular place! My husband’s interest in cacti got me started in realizing how special and unique these plants are! We live in Minnesota so they are indoors all winter and outside all summer. Now when we go to a flower store, I head first to their cacti section.

    • Awesome! It does take some “converting” usually to be a cactus lover, but it’s hard to go back once the addiction starts :)

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