Butterflies are back and better than ever at the Desert Botanical Garden with its new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Exhibit located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new Exhibit will feature hundreds of live fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children, adults and tourists.
The Butterfly Pavilion will provide visitors an opportunity for up close interaction with butterflies while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of their lifecycles, and our conservation efforts to protect them.
Construction of the new exhibit is made possible by generous donors who have made gifts to The Saguaro Initiative campaign. Leading the way in support of the new Butterfly Exhibit is the APS Foundation whose financial donation allows for the construction of the APS Foundation Butterfly Landing. Located just outside the Butterfly Pavilion adjacent to a Monarch butterfly garden display, the APS Foundation Butterfly Landing will provide a dedicated space for school groups, children and families to gather and participate in education programs. The Butterfly Exhibit is sponsored by APS and The Fred Maytag Family Foundation.
Opening Weekend Festivities include:
Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You’re invited! Join the Desert Botanical Garden on this very special weekend packed with butterfly and plant fun as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Butterfly Exhibit and Horticulture Center.
- Experience the Spring Butterfly exhibit sponsored by APS
- Expert-lead tours
- Hands-on activities
- Performances by Hopi Butterfly Maiden Dancers and Desert Stages
- Face painting
- Mini classes hosted by the Desert Landscape School
- Cactomania Central