AAA Editor Notes
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., covers more than 140 acres, 55 of which are developed, in Papago Park. The garden is devoted exclusively to arid land plants of the world. The paved Desert Discovery Trail leads visitors through the garden; other walkways include the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, the Sonoran Desert Nature Trail and the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail.
The majority of the garden's plants are succulents and include cacti, aloes and century plants. The height of the wildflower blooming season is March through May. Special programs, including bird walks, flashlight tours and children's ecology camps, are offered.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.