The Phoenix, Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens – The Butterfly Exhibit

by Teri Ellis on April 22, 2010

Butterflies sipping nectar)

Image by Teri Ellis via Flickr

The Phoenix, Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens is a great place to spend time with friends or family especially during our fabulous spring weather and when the Butterfly Exhibit is in full swing! (March 6-May 9, 2010)

The Gardens are located at the southeast corner of Phoenix, adjacent to Scottsdale and Tempe. I checked out the information on their website and loaded up my camera, took some water, wore a hat and off we went. I like these little day trips with my husband. Since I am so fond of taking pictures, I love to go where I’m sure to find awesome subject material.

The Desert Botanical Garden has activities scattered throughout the year, but during March, April and May, the wildflower exhibit and the Butterfly exhibit are especially popular. The last day is May 9…..checking the website will provide information on admission prices, hours, etc.

The exhibit hosts hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering around us as we walked, talked and took
pictures. The lush gardens are filled with colorful flowers, water and is enclosed in a screened in area. The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is a place we can watch butterflies sip nectar from flowers, perch in sunny locations, and land on our shoulders, heads, arms, etc. We were asked to be sure to watch where we walked so we didn’t inadvertently step on one.

There are several trails throughout the Garden area with signs describing the plant names, what they were used for, explaining that the fruit was edible, etc.

Included in the Garden are: “plants and people of the Sonoran desert trail”, “Sonoran Desert
Nature Trail”, “Desert Discovery Trail”, “Herb Garden“, “Desert Wildflower Trail”, and much, much more.

Desert Bontanical Gardens in Phoenix, Az

This little guy (the round-tailed ground squirrel) came right up to my husband – unafraid - and I got his photograph. I think he was smiling for his picture! ;-) There are hummingbirds, (we saw a green one), and many other critters in the garden. We also spotted a couple of desert spiny lizards crawling along as well.

As desert dwellers, we interact with our surroundings. Visiting the Garden and traveling along its trails
exploring the many uses of desert plants for food, construction, tools, basket-making and more. The art of pounding mesquite beans to make flour was awesome. It really does look like flour.

The wildflowers were really blooming attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

I discovered that we can purchase wildflower seed at www.plantsofthesouthwest.com and www.wildseedfarms.com. So, if any of you are in the market for a wildflower garden, now you know where to buy the seeds.

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