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Garden Hour & Early Closures

Tips for Visiting

Dining Options

Getting to the Garden

Trail Map

Free Admissions

Weather, Pet & Photography  Policy


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  • October - April: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 7 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday
  • May - September: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 6 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday

The Garden is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

Early Closures

The Garden will close early on the following dates for special events:


  • November 19: closing at 4 p.m., last admissions at 3 p.m.
  • November 20: closing at 12 noon, last admissions at 11 a.m.
  • November 21: closing at 4 p.m., last admissions at 3 p.m.
  • November 27, 28, December 3- 5, 10 - 12, 16- 24, 26 - 31: closing at 4 p.m., last admissions at 3 p.m.


  • February 8: closing at 4 p.m., last admissions at 3 p.m.
  • February 23: closing at 4 p.m., last admissions at 3 p.m.
  • April 1: closing at 3 p.m., last admissions at 2 p.m.
  • April 30: closing at 12 noon, last admissions at 11 a.m.

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  • Wear comfortable shoes: many of the Garden’s paths are unpaved. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are suggested.
  • Please bring and drink plenty of water. Water fountains and filtered refrigerated bottle refilling stations are located throughout the Garden.
  • Cold beverage vending machines and an ATM are located near Admissions.
  • The Garden Shop hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Strollers for children two years or older (single stroller general public $6 | member $5, double stroller general public $8 | member $7), electric scooters (general public $35 | members $30), wheelchairs (free) and umbrellas ($2) are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis through our SRP Visitor's Center.
  • During our busy season, all rental equipment (electric scooters, wheelchairs & strollers) may be rented out during certain time-frames. Therefore, the Garden does not guarantee the availability of rental equipment.
  • Disposable cameras, batteries and sunscreen may be purchased at the Garden Shop.
  • The Garden is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • The Garden is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.

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Dining Options

Please note that the Garden does not permit outside food or beverage or picnicking on the Garden grounds.


Gertrude’s offers a fresh food experience at the Garden focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate.  Gertrude’s serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu changes seasonally, based on the availability of local products and Chef Taylor's inspiration.

Gertrude’s is open 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. The restaurant features indoor and patio dining, a private chef’s table and bar seating. 

The restaurant’s namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, along with a small group of Valley citizens, founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. 

For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 480 719.8600.


The Patio Café is open fall, winter, and spring from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (opening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday & Sunday for members), and is closed during the summer. It is located on Ullman Terrace. Click here to view the menu.


The Butterfly Café is open seasonally 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. serving ice cream, drinks and snacks.

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Getting to the Garden


  • The City of Phoenix offers a taxi program for those with disabilities. Learn more here.
  • Desert Botanical Garden is accessible by the Light Rail and Valley Metro bus system.
  • The Valley Metro bus stops at the intersection of McDowell Rd. and 64th St. Please look for the signs at the southeast corner of the intersection and follow the short walking path to the Garden entrance.
  • North bound Valley Metro Bus Route 56 will transport you from the Light Rail stop at Priest and Washington, to the Phoenix Zoo followed by the Garden.
  • For complete Valley Metro bus routes and times, visit or call 602 253.5000.


If using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, the Garden's coordinates are:

  • Degrees, Minutes:  N 33 27.589 W 111 56.959
  • Decimal: 33.45982,-111.94931

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Additional Information


A Trail Map & Visitors Guide are provided during your visit to Desert Botanical Garden (view the trail map here.) The print publication is produced by ON Media Publications at no expense to the Garden. It is supported by the advertisers and we hope you will patronize the advertisers. Click here for more information about ON Media.


Pardon our dust! Beginning June 1st a small portion of the Desert Discovery Loop Trail near historic Webster Center will be closed for renovation. A new exhibit, the Heritage Garden, will open in fall 2015. Each of the Garden’s five trails will remain open throughout the renovation process.


The Garden will open a new seasonal butterfly exhibit in spring of 2017.  Click here to read more about plans for the new butterfly exhibit.


Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

You can also visit the Garden and other Valley arts and cultural attractions using the Culture Pass. For more details, click the logo below.

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There are no general admission refunds due to inclement weather; however, the Garden reserves the right to close for safety during extreme weather conditions. If this occurs, the Garden will refund general admission fees to anyone already inside the Garden. Individual ticketed events have their own rain policies and those will be displayed on specific event pages. Call 480 480.8188 for more information.


Pets are not allowed in the Desert Botanical Garden, with the exception of approved Garden sponsored events. Service canines are not pets, as defined by Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT). Download our Service Dogs Policy for more information. According to Arizona State Law, AZ ST 13-2910, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor to endanger a pet by leaving it in a vehicle.


The Garden encourages visitors to photograph or video tape the Garden for personal or educational purposes. Portrait shoots, such as family photography are permitted during the Garden’s general operating hours. No advance reservation is required. All members of the party, including the photographer and any assistants, must pay Garden admission fees. General admission fees must be paid despite the amount of time they will spend at the Garden. For groups of ten or more, please call 480 481.8104 for a discount.

Amateur photographers and visual artists may not use their representations of the Garden for any public purpose or commercial activities unless approved by the office of the Executive Director. Any questions about the definition of “public purpose or commercial activities” should be directed to the Director of Marketing at 480 481.8101.

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Free Wi-Fi is available in five locations within the Desert Botanical Garden:

  • The area in front of Admissions
  • Ottosen Entry Garden,
  • Boppart Courtyard,
  • The Center for Desert Living Trail, and
  • Ullman Terrace.

Please look for the Wi-Fi signs. Click here to download the Garden's Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy.

The Garden’s Wi-Fi network is partially funded by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

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Now you can download the Garden app and use your iPhone or Android to help customize your experience at the Garden. The app includes trail guides, maps, garden tour, plant information and pictures, and a learning center that helps you care for your plants at home. The Garden app was developed by by Clarisoft & MuseumXP and Garden staff members.

You can download the app through iTunes or Google Play for 99 cents.

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