Visiting

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Garden Hours & Early Closures

Tips for Visiting

Dining Options

Getting to the Garden

Trail Map

Free Admissions

Weather, Pet & Photography  Policy

Wi-Fi

Garden App


GARDEN HOURS

  • October - April: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 7 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday
  • May - September: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 6 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday

The Garden is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

Early Closures

The Garden will close at 3 p.m. with last admission at 2 p.m. for a special event on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26.

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TIPS FOR VISITING

Summer Visiting Tips

Be prepared for the heat with these tips:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Don't wait to be thirsty. Visit Hydration Stations located throught the Garden to refill your water bottle.

  • Protect your skin. Wear and reapply sunscreen frequently. Hats provide additional sun protection.

  • Pace yourself. The length of each loop trail is listed in the Garden Trail Guide. Cool off in shady spots throughout the Garden and in Webster Center or the Schilling Library.

  • Don't be shy. Ask a Garden staff member. We are here to help you have a safe and enjoyable visit.


  • Wear comfortable shoes: many of the Garden’s paths are unpaved and uneven. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are suggested.
  • Please bring and drink plenty of water. Water fountains and filtered refrigerated bottle refilling stations are located throughout the Garden.
  • Cold beverage vending machines and an ATM are located near Admissions.
  • The Garden Shop hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Strollers for children two years or older (single stroller general public $6 | member $5, double stroller general public $8 | member $7), electric scooters (general public $35 | members $30), wheelchairs (free) and umbrellas ($2) are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis through our SRP Visitor's Center.
  • During our busy season, all rental equipment (electric scooters, wheelchairs & strollers) may be rented out during certain time-frames. Therefore, the Garden does not guarantee the availability of rental equipment.
  • Disposable cameras, batteries and sunscreen may be purchased at the Garden Shop.
  • The Garden is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • The Garden is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  • Pursuant with A.R.S. Section 4-229, no firearms are allowed in the Garden or parking lot.
  • Free onsite parking is available.

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Dining Options

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

GERTRUDE'S

Gertrude’s offers a fresh food experience at the Garden focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate.  Gertrude’s serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu changes seasonally, based on the availability of local products and Chef Taylor's inspiration.

Gertrude’s is open 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 8 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. 

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Gertrudesrestaurant.net or call 480 719.8600. Reservations highly recommended.

PATIO CAFÉ

CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER.
The Patio Café is open fall, winter, and spring from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (opening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday & Sunday for members), and is closed during the summer. It is located on Ullman Terrace. Click here to view the menu.

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Getting to the Garden

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • The City of Phoenix offers a taxi program for those with disabilities. Learn more here.
  • Desert Botanical Garden is accessible by the Light Rail and Valley Metro bus system.
  • The Valley Metro bus stops at the intersection of McDowell Rd. and 64th St. Please look for the signs at the southeast corner of the intersection and follow the short walking path to the Garden entrance.
  • North bound Valley Metro Bus Route 56 will transport you from the Light Rail stop at Priest and Washington, to the Phoenix Zoo followed by the Garden.
  • For complete Valley Metro bus routes and times, visit www.valleymetro.org or call 602 253.5000. You may also check out Valley Metro's Arts and Culture Destination Guide.

GPS COORDINATES

If using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, the Garden's coordinates are:

  • Degrees, Minutes:  N 33° 27.744 W 111° 56.676
  • Decimal: 33.4624,-111.9446

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Additional Information

GARDEN TRAIL MAP 

A Trail Map & Visitors Guide are provided during your visit to Desert Botanical Garden (view the trail map here.) The print publication is produced by ON Media Publications at no expense to the Garden. It is supported by the advertisers and we hope you will patronize the advertisers. Click here for more information about ON Media.

THE MARSHALL BUTTERFLY PAVILION HAS CLOSED

The Garden will open a new seasonal butterfly exhibit in spring of 2017.  Click here to read more about plans for the new butterfly exhibit.

FREE ADMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

You can also visit the Garden and other Valley arts and cultural attractions using the Culture Pass.
For more details, click the logo below.

Admission is free to serving Active Military personnel. A valid government issued ID is required for this discount. Limited to one use per transaction. Not valid for special tickets events. 

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INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

There are no general admission refunds due to inclement weather; however, the Garden reserves the right to close for safety during extreme weather conditions. If this occurs, the Garden will refund general admission fees to anyone already inside the Garden. Ticketed special events have individual rain policies and will be displayed on each specific event page. Call 480 480.8188 for more information.

PET POLICY

Pets are not allowed in the Desert Botanical Garden, with the exception of approved Garden sponsored events. Service canines are not pets, as defined by Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT). Download our Service Dogs Policy for more information. According to Arizona State Law, AZ ST 13-2910, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor to endanger a pet by leaving it in a vehicle.

PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY

The Garden encourages visitors to photograph or video tape the Garden for personal or educational purposes. Portrait shoots, such as family photography are permitted during the Garden’s general operating hours. No advance reservation is required. All members of the party, including the photographer and any assistants, must pay Garden admission fees. General admission fees must be paid despite the amount of time they will spend at the Garden. For groups of ten or more, please call 480 481.8104 for a discount.

Amateur photographers and visual artists may not use their representations of the Garden for any public purpose or commercial activities unless approved by the office of the Executive Director. Any questions about the definition of “public purpose or commercial activities” should be directed to the Director of Marketing at 480 481.8101.

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WI-FI AT THE GARDEN

Free Wi-Fi is available in five locations within the Desert Botanical Garden:

  • The area in front of Admissions
  • Ottosen Entry Garden,
  • Boppart Courtyard,
  • The Center for Desert Living Trail, and
  • Ullman Terrace.

Please look for the Wi-Fi signs. Click here to download the Garden's Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy.

The Garden’s Wi-Fi network is partially funded by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

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GARDEN APP

The Garden’s app is no longer available as of April 22, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

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