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new exhibition

Opening Friday, September 26

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This Friday the Desert Botanical Garden introduces a new exhibit presented by artist Joe McAuliffe. Fish Out of Water exhibit includes impressions of fish from local canals, rivers, lakes and ponds. The impression is done by using an ancient Japanese technique called gyotaku. Learn more.

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An Arizona Sky

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There is nothing more lovely than the desert after a rain storm. Pictured is the view from the top of the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop trail the day after a major rain storm. Plan your visit.

Opening Saturday, September 27

Mariposa Monarca

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The butterflies are making their way back to the Garden. Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit opens this Saturday, September 27. More Info.

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From the Trail

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Take a moment to notice how the different types of plants create dynamic views along the Garden's trails. Pictured from foreground back: cholla (Cylindropuntia hybrid ‘Red Teddy’), columnars cactus in the foreground are senitas (Lophocereus schottii), a lone saguaro and in the distance several organ pipes (Stenocereus thurberi).

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Monarch & Milkweed Saturdays

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Monarch butterflies are in decline and need our help. Come learn about monarch conservation and how you can take action each Saturday during the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit.  Each Saturday attendees will learn how to create their own Monarch Waystation, participate in a tagging demonstration in the Butterfly Pavilion and go on a butterfly walk with a naturalist.

  • Every Saturday September 27 –
    November 8 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Included with paid Garden admission. Free for members with current member ID card.
  • No RSVP required. First come, first served. (Limit 25 people per walk)

 

 

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Admission Times for Luminaria

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To enhance the Las Noches de las Luminarias experience, guests now have the option to choose an admission entry time of 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. There are limited tickets available for each admission time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 28. Garden members can purchase today.

Click here for more information about this year's Las Noches de las Luminarias

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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