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About the Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve are home to the largest collection of Mojave Desert cacti and succulent plants, featuring 110 acres of display gardens, natural gardens, wildlife habitats, walking and biking trails, and educational resources.

The Gardens contain more than 1,200 species of native and desert-adapted plants. More than 400 mature trees and plants, some 20 years old and more than 30 feet tall, were transplanted to the Gardens and throughout the Preserve. The Mojave native plants on display were grown from seed collected in the Las Vegas Valley, making the plants genetically true and better adapted to the climate. Almost all of the native cacti and Yucca species were salvaged from local lands that were being developed for residential or commercial use.

The Springs Preserve was the recipient of the 2012 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, which honors public gardens that best exemplify the highest standards of horticultural practices. The Gardens at the Springs Preserve were recognized at the American Public Gardens Association's annual conference for outstanding horticultural displays, regionally inspired gardens, environmentally friendly gardening practices and commitment to teaching and encouraging home gardeners and students at all levels.

The Gardens at the Springs Preserve have been recgonized as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For" by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and the Canadian Garden Tourism Council.

Hours and Admission

The Botanical Gardens at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members and local residents get early-morning entry to the Gardens and Trails beginning at 8 a.m.

Gardens Center

The Gardens Center is the hub for activities and programs in the Gardens. In addition to selling snacks, drinks and desert-friendly plants, the center also is the place for guests to sign up and meet for classes.

Have a sick plant or horticultural mystery? Bring your sick plant, photo or a description of what ails your garden to the Gardens Center on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of our many Master Gardeners will attempt to provide a free diagnosis and cure.

Can't make it out to the Gardens Center? Post your gardening quandary for our Desert Gardener using our online form.

American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program

Are you a member of one of the more than 270 gardens, arboreta and conservatories participating in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program? If so, present your membership card to receive free Gardens admission, as well as other benefits such as:

Video: Gardens Excellence


We are honored recipients of the 2012 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence.


Photos: Gardens


See the beauty of the Mojave Desert in our Gardens.

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