The Desert Botanical Garden is located on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon , and it has many trails and walkways winding through 55 acres of cultivated gardens. If you go during the warmer seasons, don’t forget to bring plenty of water! The garden was founded in 1939 by a group of enthusiasts, including Swedish botanist Gustaf Starck. It’s home to over 50,000 plants, including 379 considered rare or endangered. This garden shattered the notion for me that the desert is devoid of beauty. It’s there, sometimes you have to look for it.