December 27, 2017

Phoenix, AZ – Desert Botanical Garden announced its dazzling array of exhibitions and events through April to help you enjoy the beauty of the desert. The Garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians, vibrant dancers and dynamic festivals—all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants.

Exhibit entry is membership or paid General admission

Jun Kaneko
Oct. 13 – May 13

Experience the bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. Uncover Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Immerse yourself in imaginative color palettes, stand tall with the whimsical Tanuki raccoon-dogs and take a mindful moment among the intimate installation of Kaneko’s iconic Dangos, or round form series. Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist who specializes in large-scale, hand-built, ceramic sculptures. His work has been featured in more than 40 major museum collections and shown in high-profile exhibitions and public art installations around the world. His extraordinary achievements can be seen in public art, opera production design, and architectural projects; including more than 30 public art commissions in the United States and Japan. Sponsored by APS.

John P. Schaefer’s Flowers & Form
Jan. 26 – May 20
Patrons can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with the Garden’s next art exhibition in Ottosen Gallery—John Schaefer’s “Flowers & Form.” Schaefer—who has distinguished himself as an esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer—has chosen cactus plants and flowers as his photographic muse.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Feb. 24 – May 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get an up-close look at hundreds of North American butterflies such as painted ladies, zebra longwings and giant swallowtails among the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden grounds. Each week, 100 new pupae will be will be added to the exhibit. Plus, explore a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber.


Music in the Garden
Feb. 3 – June 23 | Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Concerts 7 – 9 p.m.

Members: $25 | General Public: $30. Attendees must be 21 or older
Desert Botanical Garden once again offers an exciting and diverse lineup of talented performers in the Spring Music in the Garden concert series. Enjoy performances from local bands on the always-stunning Ullman Terrace stage. Sponsored by Pour Masters.

Feb. 2: Ratio Band | R&B, funk, classic rock and more

Feb. 9: Big Pete Pearson Blues Band | Blues

Feb. 16: Louis Landon Quartet | Classic pop rock and contemporary originals

Feb. 23: Traveler | World Music Fusion

March 8: Marmalade Skies | Music of The Beatles

March 9: Carole Pellatt & BONEYARD | Jazz

March 16: Kilted Spirit | Celtic/Irish

March 23: R. Carlos Nakai Quartet | Contemporary

April 6: Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band | R+B, Blues

April 13: Jaleo | Latin

April 20: Papa John DeFrancesco & the Union Four | Jazz, blues

May 4: Cinco de Moio | Jazz

May 11: A Touch of Class | R&B and more

May 18: Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle | Jazz, contemporary

May 25: Sahnas Brothers Band | Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired fusion

June 1: Canyon Records Artists | Contemporary Native American performers

June 8: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good | Funky-folk, blues rock

June 15: QVLN | Latin-infused contemporary

June 22: AZ Dueling Pianos

Devour – SOLD OUT
March 3 – 4

The two-day Devour Culinary Classic features culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries. Attendees have the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs as well as taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region.

March 11 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A new Spring family festival is alighting in the Garden, filling the trails with stories and song. Hear tales about nature, make a treat for butterflies and other fluttery friends, visit the butterfly exhibit and dance like you have wings to live music. There will be lots to learn about pollinators and our natural environment and many fun surprises in store.

Desert Night Cinema
March 15, April 12, May 10, June 14 | Doors open 6:30 p.m., Movie starts 7:45 p.m.

Roll-out your picnic blanket and enjoy silver screen hits under the desert night sky. Before the movie starts, watch live entertainment and participate in fun movie related activities. Purchase a bite to eat and a yummy drink while you sit back and watch your favorite stars in an unbeatable outdoor Garden setting.

Spring Plant Sale

March 16-18 
Brighten up your garden this spring with the help of Desert Botanical Garden’s experts at the Spring Plant Sale. Choose from more than 30,000 plants, including cactus, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs and veggies. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists will answer questions and assist in plant selections. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available.

Agave on the Rocks
March 30 | 6 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate tequila, food and music at the coolest party in the desert at Agave on the Rocks March 30 at Desert Botanical Garden. Sip a refreshing margarita in a glowing glass while tasting culinary treats prepared by some of the Valley’s best restaurants & caterers.

Garden Project
April 8 | 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Concert is 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Four internationally recognized musicians join forces to premiere Michael Brown’s Garden Project, a new work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano written and inspired by Desert Botanical Garden, Wave Hill in New York and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Each movement of the work is written specifically to reflect the individual nature and characteristics of each of these Gardens. The quartet of musicians also teams up in different combinations to perform music by Debussy, Fauré-, Messiaen- and Klezmer-inspired arrangements.

WHERE:      Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

INFO:           For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit

About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden features 50,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.



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