PLANeT Celebration

April 15, 2017
Saturday | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Included with membership or paid Garden admission.


Call: 480 481.8188 Visit the Admissions Box Office 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Enjoy all the fun and beauty of the Garden, while discovering ways you can help care for our Sonoran Desert. Explore the Garden’s five unique trails, meet leaders in sustainability and conservation, participate in plant-themed activities and with inspiring entertainment at the 3rd annual PLANeT Celebration.

Discover The Source Project, created by Catalyst Creative through eleven interactive exhibits and live performances asking the question: how can we build stronger connections? As humans, our experience can feel so disconnected - from our past, from our future, from our planet. Discover a place where your connections can thrive. Where you have a place in the world. Where humans and plants, past and future, society and nature can reform bond of trust and connection.

The Source Project experiences include:

  • Elementals - A dance/interaction with dancers representing an element of the earth.
  • Every Action Echoes - Three stations set up around the Garden to help you remember experiences you had with the natural world from childhood.
  • Explosion Objects - An installation that shows an apple at the center, and surrounding it, all the objects that had to exist for it to be here.
  • Jelly Story - Eight ukulele players and two singers will relay a story about an encounter with jellyfish.
  • Photo Gallery - Take a Polaroid photo of nature and add it to the photo gallery.
  • CD Mosaic - Add a piece of a CD to the mosaic, with the message that every piece counts when it comes to making a change.  
  • Food Experience - Felicia Ruiz, an indigenous chef, will demonstrate natural desert foods and share how desert plants remain drought resistant.
  • Meditation - Sit in nature and meditate while being guided through breathing exercises to quiet the mind in an area of peace.  
  • Secret Stories - Find Researchers of Desert Botanical Garden and the ASU School of Sustainability as they walk around the Garden wearing special hats. Say the magic word and be treated to a secret about their work.
  • Biomimicry - The Biomimicry Center at ASU will show how nature holds secret knowledge to learn from when designing our environment.
  • Water Choice Think about water usage and the meaningful connections we have with it.


  • Interactions with organizations and experts focused on sustainability and conservation, including:
    • Beekeeper, Dan Punch
    • Desert Botanical Garden’s Community Garden Coordinator, David Hill
    • Liberty Wildlife
    • Local First Arizona
    • IKEA
    • Aveda
  • Entry into the Spring Butterfly Exhibit
  • Plant a Milkweed at the Great Milkweed Grow Out station
  • Ask a Gardener
  • Hands-on activities 
  • Live entertainment
  • Docent-led Garden tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m.
  • Hands-on activities
  • Meet our desert tortoise and king snake

Cactomania Special Offer

 Registered Cactomaniacs will receive special benefits at this event. 


  • Snacks, sandwiches, salads and beverages available for purchase at the Patio Café.

The Fine Print

*Programming subject to change. Event is rain or shine. No outside food or beverage permitted.