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Trails & Exhibitions

The Desert Botanical Garden provides a world-class experience for every visitor. Through permanent trailside exhibits, temporary art exhibitions and seasonal experiences we seek to transform the visitor experience into one of discovery and meaning about the desert and desert plants.

Select a trail below for more information.



Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between
October 7, 2016 - February 12, 2017

 Space in Between centers on the creation of artworks and promotion of cultural dialogues revolving around themes related to community, craft, immigration, cultural identity, labor practices and sustainability.

October 21, 2016 - November 2, 2016

Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. To honor those who have passed away, an altar is placed in the home and adorned with photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles, food and drink. View original Ofrenda installations by Arizona artists that have been created specifically for this exhibition.

Butterfly Activities
October - November 2016

Did you know the Garden is a colossal Monarch Waystation? Celebrate native butterflies and migration monarchs with fun activities for the whole family.

Butterfly Exhibit
Opening March 2017

The Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion closed in the spring of 2015. The expanded, new butterfly exhibit will incorporate a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber to let visitors view all stages of a butterfly’s life. The exhibit will feature significant educational displays about the butterfly life cycle, pollination and how to create a butterfly friendly garden.

Past Exhibitions


Official Arboricultural Services Provider


The Garden's five unique trails are here to help you explore and enjoy
the beauty of the sonoran desert. Visit the Garden and come see why we care!

Trails & Exhibits

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Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail

Center for Desert Living Trail

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail