Phoenix, AZ – Desert Botanical Garden announced its dazzling array of exhibitions and events through Feb. 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
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.
MOMIX’s Opus Cactus at the Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 12 – 13
After a five-year hiatus, Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden are collaborating again for the return of MOMIX’s Opus Cactus for three performances only, Jan. 12-13, 2018 in the magical setting of the Orpheum Theatre. MOMIX’s dancers take audiences on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti and brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus.
Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Jan. 20 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Included with membership or paid Garden admission. $4 admission per dog with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Humane Society.
Bring the whole family—dogs included—for a walk on Garden trails. Meet other dog lovers, heel for family photos, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup.
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.
Friday, Feb. 2: Ratio Band | R&B, funk, classic rock and more
Friday, Feb. 9: Big Pete Pearson Blues Band | Blues
Friday, Feb. 16: Louis Landon Quartet | Classic pop rock and contemporary originals
Friday, Feb. 23: Traveler | World Music Fusion
Thursday, March 8: Marmalade Skies | Music of The Beatles
Friday, March 9: Carole Pellatt & BONEYARD | Jazz
Friday, March 16: Kilted Spirit | Celtic/Irish
Friday, March 23: R. Carlos Nakai Quartet | Contemporary
Friday, April 6: Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band | R+B, Blues
Friday, April 13: Jaleo | Latin
Friday, April 20: Papa John DeFrancesco & the Union Four | Jazz, blues
Friday, May 4: Cinco de Moio | Jazz
Friday, May 11: A Touch of Class | R&B and more
Friday, May 18: Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle | Jazz, contemporary
Friday, May 25: Sahnas Brothers Band | Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired fusion
Friday, June 1: Canyon Records Artists | Contemporary Native American performers
Friday, June 8: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good | Funky-folk, blues rock
Friday, June 15: QVLN | Latin-infused contemporary
Friday, June 22: AZ Dueling Pianos
Corks & Cactus
Feb. 10 – 11
Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of Desert Botanical Garden, where boutique wines and desert beauty blend into a delightful event Feb. 10-11. Sample from 40 different wines each day, enjoy talented musical entertainment and purchase delicious fare.
Visit with representatives from a variety of wineries, and purchase by the bottle or case at the Garden’s Wine Retail Store. Guests are able to mix & match 12 or more bottles and receive 10 percent off the total purchase price. All wine purchased benefits the Garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs. On Saturday, patrons can enjoy the dynamic duo of 76th Street engage audiences with their stories of strength, independence and love through song and storytelling. On Sunday, Lee Perreira takes the stage as he combines classic blues riffs with a soulfully textured vocal style leaving his audience instantly captured.
WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
INFO: For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org.
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.