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Dining Options


There are several dining options when you visit the Garden. See below for more information about dining at the Garden.

Please note that the Garden does not permit outside food or beverage or picnicking on the Garden grounds.

Patio Café

The Patio Café is open fall, winter, and spring from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed during the summer. It is is located on Ullman Terrace. Click here to view the menu.


The Butterfly Café, loacted next to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, is closed for the summer.


For more information, visit Gertrudesrestaurant.net or call 480 719.8600.

Gertrude’s offers a fresh food experience at the Garden focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. Visit/Follow Gertude's on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.


Gertrude’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are also daily Happy Hour items and a Sunday brunch. Gertrude’s menu changes seasonally, based on the availability of local products and Chef Taylor's inspiration. Gertrude’s is open daily at 7 a.m. with the last dinner seating at 9 p.m. The restaurant features indoor and patio dining, a private chef’s table and bar seating.

The restaurant’s namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, along with a small group of Valley citizens, founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. Their goal was to create a botanical garden to educate, understand, appreciate and promote the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert. Click here for more information about the Garden's history.

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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.

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