To survive, plants must use their leaves to soak up the sun and their roots to tickle the soil until it forfeits its groundwater. See the struggle for yourself with this Groupon.
$9 for a Botanical-Garden Visit for One (Up to $18 Value)
General admission unlocks acres of desert flora and fauna. During a self-guided tour of the property, guests can visit more than 50,000 plant displays. From now until the end of April, the Philip Haas: The Four Seasons installation—designed by artist and filmmaker Philip Haas—dazzles with 15-foot fiberglass sculptures that were inspired by the paintings of Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
Desert Botanical Garden
A kaleidoscope of multichromatic blossoms and emerald leaves bursts from the soil, blanketing 65 acres of desert landscape at Desert Botanical Garden. Diverse walkways flanked by more than 1,200 types of cacti, succulents, and wildflowers educate visitors on the importance of protecting the environment and not hugging every plant they see. In addition to the garden's more stationary organisms, some of which go home with local green thumbs during biannual plant sales, numerous avian and insect species make their homes amid the thriving greenery.