The Desert Botanical Garden is home to one of the world’s most spectacular living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat. The Garden’s living collections includes more than 4,000 species and approximately 27,650 individual plants for which scientific records are kept. In addition to providing a stunning display, these plants provide scientists from all over the world with information and material for various research projects.
In 2010, the Garden’s living collections of plants in the cactus and agave families were designated as National Collections of these plants by the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). This designation highlights the overall excellence of the Garden’s collections of these marvelous desert plants.
Designated as The National Collection of Cactaceae by the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association (June,2010)
Since the opening of the Garden in 1939, the Cactaceae has been a main focus of the Garden’s Living Collection. We currently have more than 13,244 accessioned plants, which means that for each plant there is a record of where it came from, the year it arrived at the Garden and who collected it.
The quantity and quality of the collection makes this the most prominent cactus collection in the United States and perhaps in the world. A few fun facts:
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