*Disclaimer: photo rich post.
The first one was Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior. When we arrived, the temperature outside was already over 100F. That didn't stop us. It slowed us down some. But it didn't stop us. This arboretum did not disappoint. We walked about 1 1/2 miles mostly in the sun with some stretches in the shade. Although a creek runs along the edge of the gardens and a pond lies in the middle, this is mostly a desert garden.
One way to keep people on the trails
Since evidently we hadn't had enough of the sun and three digit temperatures, we continued on to Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. By this time we were hot, hungry and thirsty, so we didn't stay long, and I didn't take as many photos.
If you ever have occasion to visit Phoenix, I hope you will enjoy these two gardens as much as we did.