visit us in 2015
wildflowers - butterflies - music - art
We have a fantastic line-up this winter and spring of events, exhibitions, art and more. Check our Events & Exhibitions page for a complete calendar.
Desert Terrace Garden
Located after Ottosen Entry Garden, the new Desert Terrace Garden leads to the Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal. It features tiered planters and includes a dramatic view of the red buttes of Papago Park.
This Saturday, January 24
Bring the whole family to the Garden this Saturday for a day of sniffing, learning and more! Dogs' Day in the Garden is from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. View the schedule of events. Share your photos using #dbgdogs.
Desert Discovery Loop Trail
The Desert Discovery Loop Trail is the Garden’s main trail where you can learn the unique characteristics of desert plants from around the world. Read more.
Expect More Arizona Partnership
Together with Expert More Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden and other arts and cultural organizations came together to create tools for parents to promote literacy through various hands-on and minds-on experiences. Learn more.
Latest Activities & Updates
See What's New
New Event: The Seasonal Table
debuting this February
We are excited to bring you a new event - The Seasonal Table. The dinner series begins February 7 with Wine & Dine. It continues with Tequila Ole! on March 14 and Dig into Spring on April 11.
Each dinner is a unique experience held in different locations throughout the Garden. A four-course dinner is paired with a featured wine and a representative on hand to discuss.
Now at the Garden Shop
In-store and Online
The Garden Shop offers an assortment of high quality torches that are built to last. These beautiful landscape accents resist rust in virtually any climate and are meant to be left outside in rain, snow, sleet, or shine.
Designed, created and individually crafted by hand in Newton, Kansas by artists Eric Carroll and Richard Turner, each piece begins as a flat sheet of recycled (30%), galvanized steel. It’s then cut, bent, folded and welded together with painstaking detail to create a beautiful piece of art that lasts for years. Eric and Richard’s passion for nature and creating shines brilliantly in each piece.
These garden torches can be viewed at the Garden Shop, but are shipped directly from the manufacturer. Click here to view and order from our online store.
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.