Botanical gardens can include cultured gardens that spread over several acres, containing beautiful floral displays, or more natural gardens that hold impressive indigenous or rare plants. Las Vegas is fortunate to offer both kinds: an indoor botanical garden that changes with the seasons, an outdoor garden at a preserve that celebrates the desert and a truly impressive cactus garden that is home to wildlife and birds.
Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 435-2608

Nestled in a quiet corner of Henderson lies one of Nevada’s most beautiful secrets: Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden, This amazing three-acre garden features over 300 rare and indigenous cacti and spectacular examples of succulent and desert plants to be found anywhere in America. In fact, this has been touted as one of the world’s largest (and most impressive) cactus gardens with flora and fauna ranging from a century plant to Joshua trees and from aloe and prickly pear to rarer varieties. The garden is also home to butterflies, hummingbirds, tiny lizards, rabbits and even a roadrunner family and quail. You can follow paths from cactus garden to solar garden, where one of Nevada’s largest examples of sustainable, solar-powered living can be found. It’s a labor of love, started by Forrest Mars as a sanctuary for people and for critters, but mostly as a home for living desert plants. This exhibit is free of charge and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with extra hours during the holiday season, when over half a million lights adorn the cacti and plants.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 693-7111

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is an exquisite example of a cultured garden, featuring gazebos, bridges, ponds and water, all artfully utilized to highlight the exhibit. Free of charge, open 24/7, the Bellagio’s displays change with the seasons, Gardeners use spotlights to accent and highlight the flowers, while at different times of day you can enjoy musical performances or other special events to enhance your visit. Trees, plants and floral displays are artfully set in a variety of seasonal colors and styles, making each visit just a bit different while celebrating nature.

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The Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7700

The Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve contains a breathtaking collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulents over its 110 acres of gardens and wildlife habitats. You can wander through both natural and display gardens while walking the trails. The Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve contains one of the world’s most diverse collections of plants that have adapted to desert living. The gardens are free for members or with general admission.

Acacia Demonstration Garden
50 Casa Del Fuego St.
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 267-4000

The Acacia Demonstration Garden was constructed by the City of Henderson and the Conservation District of Southern Nevada to showcase efficient landscaping examples for desert living and water conservation. Henderson residents agreed that the gardens should also contain a variety of trees, flowers and plants that could thrive in this harsh environment. The grounds are maintained by staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in sustainable living and want to promote water-safe practices. It’s a beautiful example of an ideal in practice, and has helped many home and business owners decide on the right landscaping for their needs.

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