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Desert Pavilion

The Desert Pavilion displays plants native to arid regions of the world. One side of the pavilion is devoted to those from North and South America, including the southwestern United States, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. The other side includes those from Africa, Madagascar, the Canary Islands, and Australia.

The shrubs, trees, cacti, succulents, and wildflowers here illustrate the diversity of desert plant life as well as different adaptations developed to survive a desert climate. Highlights include the collection of Madagascan plants, lithops, desert ephemerals, and wildflowers.



Desert Pavilion curator Caitlin Ndoye introduces us to BBG’s unique and important collection of plant specimens from the world’s desert and arid regions.

Learn More

Blog › Look for These Cacti and Other Plants in the Desert Pavilion
Suggested Itinerary › Winter Highlights
How-To Article > Cacti and Other Succulents as Houseplants

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