Last year I packed three visits to the Desert Botanical Garden into my stay in Phoenix. This year my schedule only allowed time for one visit so I made it count: I stayed for almost 6 hours! I was exhausted when I got back to the car, not only because of the walking but also because of visual overload. The Desert Botanical Garden truly is one of the most special places I’ve ever visited—bucket list material for those of you who’ve never been there!
Here are just a few photos from today. There’ll be plenty more when I’ve had time to sort through the 500 pictures I took.
Dale Chihuly glass sculptures at the garden entrance
New Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal completed earlier this year
New Desert Terrace Garden—like the Desert Portal above, it didn’t exist when I visited last year
Agave guiengola in the Desert Terrace Garden. The luminaria bags add a festive touch (the DBG’s special holiday event, Las Noches de las Luminarias, is continuing until December 31).
Just like at the Huntington, many aloes were in bloom. Left: Aloidendron dichotomum (formerly Aloe dichotoma), right: Aloe cryptopoda.
Aloidendron (Aloe) ‘Hercules’. In fact, I saw ‘Hercules’ all over the garden, but these were the largest specimens. They even had one for sale at the gift shop: $179.99 for a 15-gallon plant, more than twice of what I paid for mine!
I still love the steel canopies at the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries
If only I could have a smaller version of this in my own garden!
Saguaro silhouette. Do you see the finger gesture?
Whale’s tongue agaves (Agave ovatifolia)
Durango Delight agave (Agave schidigera ‘Durango Delight’)
Potted Aloidendron (Aloe) ‘Hercules’ at the entrance
Prickly pear tapestry
Agave parryi seeming to grow out of the flagstone. If I ever find flagstone pieces for cheap I’ll copy this design!
Massive agave next to a bench. There should be a sign saying “Don’t lean back!”
Potted bougainvillea in front of a colorful wall
Giant cardons (Pachycereus pringlei)
Elevated walkway, Berlin Agave Yucca Forest
Yucca rostrata and Agave ovatifolia, Berlin Agave Yucca Forest