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“Interesting Insights into Desert Ecology”
Review of Xeriscape Garden

Xeriscape Garden
Ranked #72 of 165 things to do in Scottsdale
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

This attraction is a part of Chapparal Park that runs along Hayden Ave. which has many youth sports fields and attracts lots of dog walkers. It's quite convenient to take the 101 to McDonald Road east to Hayden and turn south. As mentioned previously, easiest access is from the parking lot near the baseball fields (a couple of blocks south of McDonald). The park is east of the fields and just south of the water treatment plant.

There are various desert plants and trees with explanatory kiosks and signs that provide helpful information about desert ecology and water use. I'm not sure I would go far out of your way to get there, but it is a pleasant place to visit, and the larger park has various walking paths and even a pond by the parking area near Jack Rabbit Road.

3  Thank Dennis F
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

It took us a bit of time to find this garden but it was worth the effort. It is such a beautiful walking path along Chaparral Park really highlighting the beauty of nature.

2  Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

I am in love with this place & have taken to walking my dog through it if the dog park looks too busy. Honestly, if I had friends in town I'd bring them here before the Desert Botanical Gardens, as this is free (vs. $18) and dynamic.

5  Thank Pat F
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We were just driving by and saw a building that look like a park setting and stopped to see what it was. This turned out to be a wonderful surprise and a delightful way to spend an early morning hour or two just strolling through the park. We were lucky enough to meet the garden manager for the City of Scottsdale and leaned that this was a water treatment facility with a 5 million gallon water tank under the park. What a great use a of space and water management.

If you want to see the desert landscape at it's very best, take the time and the stroll through this 5+ acre park. Maybe you'll get lucky like we did and meet the man who manages this delightful place, hats off to his exceptional effort.

1  Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

We came here on January 28th, 2013 as a family with three young children. From where we were staying in Scottsdale, it was a bit of a walk (over a mile) but well worth it. Aside from being education about water conservation, this attraction is beautiful and free. It is a quiet respite of Sonoran beauty right in Scottsdale. We made a picnic of this and fed the kids some snacks and sat on the steps going up to the water treatment plant which is part of this garden and has some reall nice modern outdoor art that lends itself to the landscape.

2  Thank TanyaHarpe
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