Greater Phoenix Gardens
One might argue that Greater Phoenix is just one giant garden, thanks to the lush and vibrant Sonoran Desert — but we've got places specifically dedicated to natural beauty and conservation as well. Learn about Greater Phoenix's gardens, including the Desert Botanical Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden and Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers. Visit the Garden and enjoy specialized tours, special events, seasonal exhibits, concerts, family activities, Gertrude's restaurant, Patio Café and the Garden's gift and plant shop.
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix - RoHoEn is an authentic 3.5 acre Japanese Stroll Garden in downtown Phoenix with tea garden and tea house. The Garden is a sister city project between the City of Phoenix and Sister City Himeji, Japan. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand-picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful koi fish. Japanese cultural programs, events and exhibits take place monthly.
Experience the lush beauty of the Arizona Upland Sonoran Desert at the state's oldest and largest botanical garden. On the National Register of Historic Places, spend the day strolling through winding trails with hidden gardens and historic buildings. Featuring 343-acres of beautiful landscapes with over 3,900 different plant species with spectacular views of Picket Post Mountain. A haven for wildlife, the arboretum has been called "the most enchanting" Important Birding Area in Arizona.
Open since 2020, the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens is a 5-acre development that features a piece of the USS Arizona's boathouse, recovered after the cruiser sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It pays tribute to those aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial — an outline of the exact length and width of the ship, indicated with more 1,500 commemorative columns that illuminate — invites visitors to view the boathouse relic, while paying respect to names of the brave military members who sacrificed their lives that day.