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Las Noches de las Luminarias
There are only 10 more nights of Las Noches de las Luminarias. Make plans today to attend. Purchase tickets.
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.
art at the garden
Now through January 4
Fish Out of Water showcases artist Joe McAuliffe's impressions of fish from local canals, rivers, lakes and ponds created using the ancient Japanese technique of gyotaku. The exhibit will be on display through January 4, 2015.
At the Garden Shop
‘Tis the season for shopping! The Garden Shop has transformed into a holiday wonderland with new and exciting collections of botanical holiday gifts, in-store only for a limited time. Can’t make it in to the store? Shop online 24/7.
Desert Discovery Loop Trail
The Desert Discovery Trail all dressed up for Las Noches de las Luminarias, the Garden's annual holiday event now in its 37th year.
Latest Activities & Updates
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Early Closures for Luminaria
The Garden’s annual holiday event, Las Noches de las Luminarias, continues throughout December. The Garden will close at 4 p.m. with last admission at 3 p.m. each evening of Luminaria to prepare for the event. Early closure dates are:
- December 19 – 23, 26 – 30
The Garden will also close at 4 p.m. with last admissions at 3 p.m. on December 24, 2014.
Garden Partners with Expect More Arizona
Have you ever considered using the environment and science as a way to get your children excited about literacy? It is a natural connection that keeps young people engaged while learning new concepts. 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.
- Read more about the project.
- Download activity sheets for the Garden and other participating organizations.
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.