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Before You Visit

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general admissions | free admission opportunities | wifi at the garden | tips for visiting
getting to the garden | inclement weather, pet & photography policy


Download a Garden Trail Guide.

When you visit the Desert Botanical Garden you will be given a Visitors Guide & Event Calendar that includes the Garden's trail map. The publication is produced for the Garden by ON Media Publications at no expense to the Garden. It is supported by the advertisers in the publication. We hope you will support the advertisers. Click here for more information about ON Media.  

The Garden is open rain or shine, seven days a week, year round except for July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

Regular Hours

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

Closures

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

Early Closures

The Garden will close early on the following dates:

 

General Admissions

November 10, 2013 through May 18, 2014 admissions to the Garden is timed due to the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition. Advanced member reservations and tickets are highly recommended to ensure you get a parking space. Limited walk-ups will be available.

Timed admissions are: 8 a.m. - Noon, 12 - 4 p.m., 4 - 8 p.m. For more information about the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition and to make a member reservation or purchase tickets, click here.

If you are planning on visiting the Spring Butterfly Exhibit, open now – May 11, entry to the exhibit is $3.50 in addition to Chihuly tickets. Members and children under 3 - no additional charge.

Prices:

 

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Free Admission Opportunities

Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 8 a.m. - 4 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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Wi-Fi at the Garden

DBG wifi-150x150.jpgFree 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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Tips for Visiting


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Getting to the Garden


Public Transportation


GPS Coordinates

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


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Inclement Weather Policy

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 480 941.1225 for more information.

Pet Policy

No pets, except for service animals, are allowed in the Garden. 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.

Photography Policy

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 unless approved by the office of the Executive Director. Any questions about the definition of “public purpose” should be directed to the Director of Marketing at 480 481.8101.

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Wildflower Infosite

The Desert Botanical Garden’s Wildflower InfoSite is active each spring during March and April. The Garden partners with Arizona’s parks and gardens to provide you with a guide to where the wildflowers are blooming. This year, we are also inviting our social media followers to share with us where they are finding wildflowers in Arizona!

Share your wildflower photos with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram and include #dbgwildflowers. We will be re-sharing and pinning the images to our new Wildflowers in Arizona Pinterest Board.

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