Farms & Gar­dens

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DESERT BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN The Gar­den’s 145 acres show­case the Sono­ran Desert and more than 20,000 plants rep­re­sent­ing 4,000 species. Through May 7: David T. Kessler: Translu­cence. Through May 14: Spring but­ter­fly ex­hibit. www. Pa­pago Park, 1201 N. Galvin Park­way, 480.941.1225. Val­ley Map Q18

THE FARM AT SOUTH MOUN­TAIN Work­ing pe­can grove and or­ganic herb/pro­duce farm (Maya’s), two day­time cafes (Morn­ing Glory; Farm Kitchen), a din­ner venue (Quiessence), sea­sonal gar­den and gift shop (Botan­ica), and small mas­sage stu­dio (Utopia). www.the­far­mat­south­moun­ 6106 S. 32nd St., 602.276.6360. Val­ley Map T16 MCCORMICK STILLMAN RAIL­ROAD PARK Dozens of his­toric rail­road cars, a steam­pow­ered en­gine, and ex­tremely de­tailed model rail­road ex­hibits re­veal Ari­zona’s train-tracked roots. Take a small-scale train ride through the park, notic­ing play­grounds and a work­ing carousel you might re­turn to later on, and visit the $3.6 mil­lion “train shed”— charm­ingly old-fash­ioned-look­ing but also tricked-out with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. www.therail­road­ 7301 E. In­dian Bend Road, 480.312.2312. Val­ley Map M18

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