Arizona August 21, 2015
Here Are The 9 Most Beautiful Gardens You’ll Ever See In Arizona
There’s more to Arizona than dirt and rocks! If you have some free time over the weekend and you’re looking for some peace, consider visiting one of these beautiful public gardens. It’s a much better option than shouting “serenity now” multiple times.
1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
This 21-acre park is home to a natural history museum, a zoo, and a botanical garden.
Not only are the grounds beautiful but you’ll also see plenty of wildlife in the zoo and around the gardens.
2. The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Flagstaff
This arboretum houses more than 2,500 native and non-native plant species across its sprawling 200 acre property. Check it out if you’re looking to find out more about plants in Flagstaff and its surrounding communities.
If you’re lucky, you may also be able to attend one of their workshops highlighting different animals native to the area, like this red-tailed hawk.
3. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior
The largest botanical garden in the state at 323 acres, it's also an amazing natural setting to help you see a wide variety of desert plants in their natural habitats.
4. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Perhaps the most popular garden in the state, the Desert Botanical Garden is a beautiful site that highlights the unique plants we have in Arizona. The 140-acre garden is home to more than 50,000 plants and also has kid-friendly activities.
5. Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix
If you’re looking for a place to escape the bustle of city life, take a slow stroll through this garden. It sits on a small 3.5 acres in downtown Phoenix along the I-10 and features a tea house, waterfall, and koi garden. (Note: The garden is open from October through May.)
You may even make a friend!
6. Mesa Mormon Temple, Mesa
While the temple itself is closed to visitors, the grounds are a beautiful location perfect for a quiet walk. The location is also a popular visit during the winter months when they set up light displays.
7. Sharlot Hall Museum Territorial Women’s Rose Garden, Prescott
This garden was created as a tribute to more than 400 women who resided within Arizona Territory prior to statehood. In addition to the rose garden, the museum also hosts an herb garden and kitchen garden.
8. Tohono Chul Park, Tucson
Sitting on a small 49 acres, this little preserve is dedicated to helping people connect with Arizona nature, culture, and art.
9. Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson
This 5-acre park used to be an estate and is actually a collection of several different gardens that form a peaceful location to relax.
What other gardens in our state do you enjoy visiting? Tell us in the comments below!