A Dream Day In The Desert

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When you think of visiting Arizona, one BIG hole probably comes to mind – The Grand Canyon.

FullSizeRenderSure, this wonder of the world is a sight to see, but if you want to do something that will lift your soul without making that long drive than I suggest you check out – The Desert Botanical Gardens.

matt jacobiI am not much of a green thumb so when I first heard that I would be going to a place with the word, “garden” in it,  I was not sure what to expect! To my surprise, I was absolutely blown away but the positive energy that surrounded me once I pulled into the front gates.

FullSizeRender-4 FullSizeRender-2The moment you make your way through the entrance and pass the ticket counter, you are greeted by the most gorgeous desert scenery your eyes will ever see.

FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender FullSizeRender-5 FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-14 12.39.37 AMWhat made my trip to this sunny paradise even more eventful was the knowledge shared by my tour guide, Steve, who has been a plant guru for over 7 years!

FullSizeRender-7 FullSizeRender copy 2Now, I am not one for tours as they can often be a total snoozefest but Steve was friendly, to the point, and even allowed us to hold different elements from the desert – such as this burrow made from the inside of a cactus.

FullSizeRender-6FullSizeRender-8After getting a dose of Arizona education, I roamed the rest of the stunning grounds to only be met by some new furry and feathery friends.

FullSizeRender-10 FullSizeRender-9 FullSizeRender-11 FullSizeRender-12 FullSizeRender-13FullSizeRender-4But, what really got my head to turn was the unbelievable BUTTERFLY PAVILION!!

FullSizeRender-3 FullSizeRender-5Home to over hundreds of butterflies, this spacious 36-by-80-foot enclosed garden recreates a lush habitat for these fragile fliers. It is an experience you do not want to miss!! There is something so fantastic seeing all these uniquely colored butterflies surround you and even land on you at times. I was completely mesmerized. 

FullSizeRender-6 FullSizeRender-7 FullSizeRender-8 FullSizeRender-11 FullSizeRender-9 FullSizeRender-2FullSizeRender-2FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-9FullSizeRender-12Pretty cool, right?!! Here are some handy planting tips if you are looking to attract some of these beauties! 

FullSizeRender-6 FullSizeRender-8Before you start planning out your dream garden, please allow me to inspire you with more pics from this magical place.

aTeLbyaT4From the prickly….

FullSizeRender-15FullSizeRender-9…to the pointy…

FullSizeRender-13…to the colorful…

FullSizeRender-10 12.39.37 AM…to the weird…

FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-7FullSizeRender-8The Desert Botanical Gardens is a refreshing reminder to not only appreciate nature, but to take time to stop and notice the beauty around us.

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The Other Hubby

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