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New Bloom by Michelle Stitzlein at Desert Botanical Garden

NEW BLOOM: Industrial Nature by Michelle Stitzlein

Mar 24, 2019

Desert Botanical Garden presents sculpture created with found materials from the imagination of artist Michelle Stitzlein. The impressive, large-scale works promote recycling through transforming simple objects into dynamic, natural forms.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Mar 24, 2019

Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Learn more about the butterfly life cycle in our caterpillar nursery, and don’t miss butterflies emerging from their chrysalis.

Sugar skull display at the Ofrenda Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens


Oct 26 - Nov 7, 2018

Ofrenda features 12 altars, or offerings, created by local artists in celebration of Día de los Muertos.

Monarch butterfly on a flower at dbg

Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors

Sep 29 - Nov 18, 2018

Monarch butterflies and their friends return to the Garden’s Fall Butterfly Exhibit.

Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct 13, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko were located throughout the Garden trails. Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms were beautifully set in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Kaneko’s imaginative color palettes, whimsical Tanukis and iconic Dango forms made for an enjoyable experience for guests of all ages. 

David Kessler: Translucence at the Desert Botanical Garden

David T. Kessler: Translucence

Feb 24 - May 7, 2017

Arizona-based artist David T. Kessler’s dynamic waterscape paintings incorporated abstract and realistic imagery. Each piece captured the qualities of refracted light with transparent layers of paint on abraded and polished aluminum. Kessler’s large-scale paintings evoked a romantic response to nature, one that praised the sublime and awe-inspiring vistas.

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