Gardening

Healthy and vibrant gardens all year long.

Gardening in the desert southwest presents its own set of challenges and rewards. But at the Desert Botanical Garden, you’ll find expert staff, sound advice and the answers to all your desert landscaping questions with our one-stop resource designed to help and support you. Here, you’ll find everything you need from our gardening and horticulture specialists who are dedicated to:

  • Supporting the Garden’s commitment to the community
  • Conserving desert plants of the world with an emphasis on the Southwest
  • Educating the community about good gardening practices
  • Providing a resource that can help people tackle desert landscaping issues

Keep your desert landscaping looking healthy and vibrant all year long with resources from the Garden:

Gardening Tips from the Experts

Plant Hotline

Call our plant hotline at 480 481.8120 Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., to get immediate answers for your desert landscape questions, or email us  (planthotline[at]dbg.org) with questions.

Desert Landscape School

Receive in-depth training and certification in horticultural techniques and landscaping.

Community Garden

The Community Garden serves as a model that demonstrates vegetable gardening best practices in the desert environment, promotes educational opportunities, enhances and further develops a sense of community within the Garden. The Community Garden is located on 1/5 acre in the northeast corner of the Desert Botanical Garden property. It is home to more than 35 raised beds and a dozen fruit trees producing organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers throughout the year. The garden is maintained by a workforce of 20-30 volunteer gardeners in a cooperative fashion, sharing produce with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church food bank. In the last year, the community garden has harvested more than 1,500 pounds of fresh, organic produce.

The Community Garden was initiated several years ago in order to study best practices of growing vegetables in the low desert climate and to share information with other growers. Become a co-op gardener and work side-by-side with gardeners who can share what we have learned. Contact David Hill, Coordinator of the On-Site Community Garden, for more information, dhill@dbg.org.

Learn more about the history of the Community Garden here. Follow the Community Garden on Facebook

Click here to read more about the DBG Community Garden.