Karla and I were married at the Desert Botanical Garden on January 8th, 2000. Every year, we go back for a visit of the gardens. This year, there is also a Chihuly glass display at the garden which is a nice addition to the cacti.
Quite a while ago, Phoenix modified Priest Road with a traffic circle at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden. It is a nice sustainable change that does seem to improve traffic flow; at least there is no waiting at street lights. The botanical gardens also upgraded with waterless urinals which really make a lot of sense in the desert. They also had these at La Posada.
At the entrance to the botanical garden they had a vertical cactus wall display shown below. This was a nice system that is just a couple inches thick and the cacti grow in individual cells. The plants are watered from inside the wall making a very nice display.
The glass displays are worked in with the cacti and usually make a nice compliment to the plant forms throughout the garden. The vegetation throughout the garden is a great example of the Sonoran Desert.