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There are several dining options when you visit the Garden. See below for more information about dining at the Garden.

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

Patio Café

The Patio Café is open fall, winter, and spring from 8 a.m. to 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, loacted next to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, is open seasonally 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving ice cream, drinks and snacks.


For more information, visit Gertrudesrestaurant.net or call 480 719.8600.

Gertrude’s offers a fresh food experience at the Garden focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. Visit/Follow Gertude's on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.


Gertrude’s serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Gertrude’s 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. Their goal was to create a botanical garden to educate, understand, appreciate and promote the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert. Click here for more information about the Garden's history.

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