Spread over an area of 7 acres in Panchkula
, the Cactus Garden, also known as National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre, is considered as Asiaís largest outdoor landscaped Cacti and Succulents Garden. Its collection of Indian succulents is considered the largest in the world. It is around 7 km from the Sector 17 in Chandigarh
The chief architect of the garden is Dr J S Sarkaria Ė a well-known cactus grower. He donated a large collection of cacti and succulent plants. The main aim of the garden is to preserve and conserve this endangered species. Some of the endangered species found here includes a complete collection of Genus Caralluma of Indian origin.
With over 2500 species of Cacti and Succulents, this unique garden attracts a large number of tourists as well as botanists. The cacti and succulents are also known for its medical values. Indian succulents are extensively used in Ayurveda and Unani medicines.