Fall at the Garden
Thursdays & Saturdays | 7 - 9 p.m.
Now through August 30
Bring a flashlight and join us for an evening of exploration! Flashlight tours are a sensory experience where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. More Info.
A Summer Sunset
Summer is a great time to see a gorgeous Arizona sunset. Plan your visit today.
Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert
The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, established in 1989 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is one of the largest exhibits of its kind. Learn More.
education at the garden
School Tour Registration Now Open!
The Garden offers a variety of guided and self-guided options for school and youth groups from ages pre-school through college. This year a new registration process makes signing up quick and easy! Register today.
Latest Activities & Updates
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Fall Learning Opportunities
purchase before Labor Day
Now through Labor Day purchase the following class series as packages and save!
- Home Landscape Design Series
- Mastering the Tools of Photography
- Watercolor Package
- Sundown Yoga Package
- Sunrise Tai Chi Package
- Capturing Fall Colors Package
Check our Kids, Camps and Programs page for kid and family activities coming this fall.
Here we grow again!
Opening in Fall 2014 the Garden will introduce two new exhibits the Desert Terrace Garden and Lewis Desert Portal. A small section of the Garden is closed for these renovations beginning June 2. All trails remain open and accessible to visitors through Stardust Plaza. Check the Garden's Facebook page for updates on the progress of the renovations.
Summer Heat Safety Tips
visiting the garden
When visiting the Garden during the summer, we recommend visiting early in the day or close to sunset when temperatures are lower. Check the local new stations for heat advisories. Be sure to:
- Wear comfortable shoes: many of the Garden’s paths are unpaved. Download a Garden Trail Guide.
- Wear hats, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Bring and drink plenty of water. Water fountains are also located throughout the Garden.
There are shaded areas throughout the Garden, stop along the way to cool off and take a break from the heat during your visit. Last, enjoy your visit to the Garden!
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.
Please note: A small section of the Garden is closed for renovations beginning June 2. All trails remain open and accessible to visitors through Stardust Plaza. More info.
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.