Desert Botanical Garden
Lonely Planet review for Desert Botanical Garden
This inspirational garden is a refreshing place to reconnect with nature and it offers a great introduction to desert plant life. Looping trails lead past an astonishing variety of desert denizens, arranged by theme (including a desert wildflower loop and a Sonoran Desert nature loop). It's pretty dazzling year-round, but the flowering season of March to May is the busiest and most colorful time to visit. Another highlight is December's nighttime luminarias, when plants are draped in miles of twinkling lights.