April 7, 2015
Arizona Gives Day
Your donation to Desert Botanical Garden on Arizona Gives Day will make an impact in the children’s educational programming at the Garden. Learn more.
Desert Wildflower Loop Trail
The Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail encompasses nearly two acres of North American desert wildflower exhibits planted with year-round displays. The peak wildflower season is now! Stop by March – April to see the wildflowers at their best.
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spring at the garden
With plenty of rain and warm temperatures, the wildflower season is promises to be spectacular this year. The wildflowers are already creating a carpet of green at the Garden. Follow the season on our Wildflower Infosite.
Now through May 10
This is the last season of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in its current location. It will reopen spring of 2017 near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. Come by for visit before May 10 to see your favorite pollinators up close. It is $3.50 for general public with paid Garden admission and is included with membership. Details.
Latest Activities & Updates
See What's New
Next Friday - Sunday
April 10 - 12
See amazing, beautiful and bizarre examples of cacti and succulents as members of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society display potted specimens of desert plants from around the world. The show includes a sale featuring plants and pots from southwestern growers and artists.
- Entrance to the Show & Sale is included with paid Garden admission and free for members.
- Become a member today for unlimited annual admission.
Phoenix Home & Garden Grand Tour of Gardens
Phoenix Home & Garden magazine invites you to celebrate spring in the desert by taking part in the 17th annual Grand Tour of Gardens. Enjoy a walk through some of the area’s most picturesque residential landscapes where innovative design, unexpected plant combinations and prodigious use of unusual materials are on display. Master Gardeners and landscape professionals will be on hand to answer questions.
The self-guided tour costs $45 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Botanical Garden. Purchase your tickets online today at phgmag.com/gardentour or by calling 480 664.3960.
Photo Credit: Nancy Erdmann
From Grand Tour of Gardens, 2013
Paintout Show & Sale
April 10 - 12
During the final weekend of the Scottsdale Artists League Spring Paintout all of the artwork from the Paintout will be on display and for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund. The show and sale will be loacted along the Center for Desert Living Trail.
- Included with paid Garden admissions. Become a member today for free annual admission.
- Free for members and children under 3.
Maps, Trails, & More
Explore the Garden
Planning your visit
We look forward to seeing you!
Experience the Garden in a different way each time you visit. You can...
- Wind your way amongst our scenic trails
- Take a tour
- Attend an event
- See our latest exhibition
- Learn from experts at a class
Need help planning your visit?
- Download a Garden Trail Map or take a look at the Before you Visit page.
- Don't forget water, sunscreen and a hat!
For unlimited annual access and more, become a member today.
Tours & Activities
seasonal, individual, group and school tours
Experience and learn about the desert through a variety of tours and activities. The Garden's daily and weekly activities are included with membership or admission, and are designed to accommodated individuals of any age and groups of any size. Private tours are available for an additional fee.
How to Read a Plant Label
customize your Garden visit
As a place of education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants, the Garden provides information about plants using many different techniques. One of these methods is through labels. These labels provide the Latin name used by the scientific community, its common name, where it grows and when it blooms.
You can customize your Garden experience further by downloading the Garden app. It includes trail guides, maps, garden tour, plant information and pictures, and a learning center that helps you care for your plants at home. You can download the app through iTunes or Google Play for 99 cents.
The Garden app was developed by Clarisoft & MuseumXP and Garden staff members.