The Arizona Garden: Amazing Cactus Garden In Stanford, CA

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The Arizona Garden is a quaint garden located in the north-western part of the Stanford campus, adjacent to the Children’s hospital. Entry is free and you can enjoy the variety of cacti as well as get some great photo opportunities and is open 24/7.

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About The Garden And Where To Park

The garden was first created in 1880 and restored in 1997. There are over 500 species of cacti and succulents that seem to get taller every year. The Arizona Garden is a great place to take photos or have a stroll with the family. You can pay to park on campus and walk to the gardens or find a park or park at the Nordstrom Shopping Center. 

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Be sure to read the street signs and be mindful of where you park! You don’t want your car to be towed or get a ticket! However, if you visit on the weekend, parking is the lot is free!

The Arizona Garden is small but full of so much life…literally! Walking through the gardens will only take you about 10-15 minutes and 20-25 minutes if you take your time! There are a few benches around the area but there are no restrooms or water fountains. 

Facilities At The Arizona Garden

As mentioned previously, the Nordstorm Shopping Center is the closest public facility for restrooms and facilities and is about a half-a-mile from the cactus garden. 

Overall, the garden itself is amazing. There are cactus of odd shapes and that appear to be leaning over. There are beautiful succulents that you may have in your home already. And most importantly, the garden is well kept and the plants are flourishing.

Photo Shoots At The Arizona Garden

When I visited, I came right before golden hour to take pictures. Since the garden is on the Stanford campus that is surrounded by trees, lighting was a bit of an issue. We were chasing the light and only had about 30 minutes to shoot before it was too dark.   

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In this photo, the sun was going down and we lost light rapidly
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I would recommend coming earlier in the day to avoid the lack of light. The greenery of the garden makes for a great backdrop and I would suggest wearing neutral/earthy tones or white. There is no permit needed to take photos. 

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10 thoughts on “The Arizona Garden: Amazing Cactus Garden In Stanford, CA”

  1. I love cactus gardens! I was planning on visiting one this summer in France. I’d love to do a photoshoot in this one too, that would be amazing pictures. 🙂

  2. Oh wow! What a beautiful garden! I see you enjoyed your time there – I love all your photos! I’d probably take so many shots too because it’s so picture-worthy! And it’s nice to know it’s FREE and open 24/7! 🙂

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