Opening Saturday, March 7
The Spring Butterfly Exhibit opens Saturday, March 7. The exhibit will be open daily, 9:30 – 5 p.m., through May 10. It is $3.50 for general public with paid Garden admission and is included with membership. Details.
spring at the garden
Next in Bloom
With plenty of rain and warm temperatures, the wildflower season is coming soon. The wildflowers are already creating a carpet of green at the Garden. Follow the season on our Wildflower Infosite.
Up Next: Pick & Holler
Enjoy reincarnations of “old dead fiddlers and banjo pickers” with a unique and enchanting old time string band performance from Pick & Holler on March 6.
Paintout Begins Saturday, March 7
The Scottsdale Artists League Spring Paintout begins this Saturday, March 7. Guests can oserve and visit with 50 of Scottsdale Artists League’s best landscape painters as they capture Garden scenes. More Info.
Center for Desert Living Trail
The Center for Desert Living Trail showcases ideas and strategies that demonstrate efficient, useful, sustainable and harmonious ways to work with nature in your yard. This trail includes the Steele Herb Garden and Edible Garden. Read More.
Latest Activities & Updates
See What's New
March 14 & 15
Desert Botanical Garden is aflutter over the return of Breakfast with the Butterflies! Take part in a colorful celebration marking the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast buffet, children’s crafts and activities, and entertainment. All guests will receive admission into the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Children will receive their own pair of butterfly wings to wear and take home.
Sunday's event is sold out, but there are still tickets for Saturday are available.
Butterflies for your Home
now at available at the Garden Shop
Now available for a limited time, the Garden Shop’s new flutter collection, Bohemian Butterfly, in-store and online. Find everything for all your outdoor botanical needs, from pots, seeds, and desert plants, always available at the Garden Shop.
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.