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Center for Desert Living Trail


The newly renovated Center for Desert Living Trail showcases ideas and strategies that demonstrate efficient, useful, sustainable and harmonious ways to work with nature in your yard. This trail includes the Steele Herb Garden and Edible Garden.

The newest addition is an Edible Garden raised bed made of recycled concrete; a compost bin, and an attractive and bright red shade system to provide the proper amount of sun or shade for plants to thrive.

The trail also has new path lighting and new interpretive signage with subjects on gardening and residential landscape design irrigation strategies, edible garden growing and harvesting guides, sensory garden, and composting.

On the Center for Desert Living Trail we show you how to create your own healthy and beautiful garden by implementing sustainable practices that are good for you and the environment.



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New Exhibit Coming to Ottosen Gallery

The Desert Botanical Garden presents new works by world-renowned artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop. The exhibition features a collection of turned wood that reveals the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations and their pieces are immediately recognizable by their distinct contemporary forms. The exhibit, Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood by Philip & Matt Moulthrop, opens February 6 and is included with paid Garden admission or membership.

Image Credit:
Philip Moulthrop, Desert Ironwood Dish, 2014,
2.5 x 6.75 x 6.75, turned wood
Image courtesy of CLUTCH Photo and Bentley Gallery, AZ

Exhibition courtesy of Bentley Gallery.

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