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Desert Botanical Garden Calendar of Events For Long-Lead Publications 2011/2012 Season

July 01, 2011

 
All events take place at:
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008
480 941.1225

*Activities, ticket prices and hours are subject to change.

Media Contact:
John Sallot

Director of Marketing
480 481.8101
480 941.3504
jsallot@dbg.org
 

Hours

The Garden is open daily (except July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25) as follows:
  • Oct. through April: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May through Sept.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This year, the Garden will not hold Romance in the Garden, Corks & Cactus and Breakfast with the Butterflies due to the special exhibition, Design for a Living World.
 

CONCERTS

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN FALL 2011 CONCERT SERIES:

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the line-up for the Music in the Garden Fall 2011 Concert Series. Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed. Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. A cash bar is available.

Friday Evenings: 7 – 9 p.m.  All concerts are on Ullman Terrace
Members: $15 / General Public: $21 Must be 21 years or older to attend concert.
October 28 concert is a special engagement and the pricing is as follows:  Member: $19 / General Public: $25
Ticket price includes Garden admission.  To purchase tickets: order online, call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.

Tickets on Sale August 1, 2011

  • October 7 – Sonoran Jazz Project – Jazz/Mowtown
  • October 14 – Domingo DeGrazia – Flamenco/Acoustic Guitar
  • October 21 – The Silver Thread Trio featuring the Rosano Brothers – Americana/USO   
  • October 28 – Sergio Medoza y la Orkesta – Latin/Mambo - special engagement with special pricing
  • November 4 – Get Back: A Musical Tribute to the Beatles
  • November 11 – Fuerza Caribe – Latin/Bachata/Salsa
  • November 18 – Traveler – World Music/Dynamic Violin

 

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN WINTER 2012 CONCERT SERIES

Enjoy afternoons surrounded by desert beauty and sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians. General seating only. Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed. Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. A cash bar is available 

Sunday Concerts: 12 – 2 p.m.  All concerts are on Ullman Terrace.
Members: $15 / General Public: $21 / Children: $8 (ages 3-12) children 2 and younger are admitted free.  Ticket price includes Garden admission.  To purchase tickets:
order online, call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.

Tickets on Sale November 1, 2011

  • January 8 – TBD
  • January 22 – TBD
  • January 29 – TBD
  • February 5 – TBD
  • February 19 – TBD

 

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING 2012 CONCERT SERIES

Enjoy evenings surrounded by desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians. Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.  There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed. Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. A cash bar is available. 

Friday Evenings: 7 – 9 p.m.  (March, April & May)
Friday Evenings: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (June)
All concerts are on Ullman Terrace.
Members: $15 / General Public: $21 /Must be 21 years or older to attend concert.
Ticket price includes Garden admission.  To purchase tickets:
order online,  call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.

Tickets on Sale February 1, 2012

Fridays, 7 – 9 p. m.
  • March 2 - TBD
  • March 9 - TBD
  • March 16 – TBD
  • March 23 - TBD
  • April 6 - TBD
  • April 13 - TBD
  • April 20 - TBD
  • May 4 - TBD
  • May 11 – TBD
  • May 18 - TBD
  • May 25 - TBD

Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • June 1 - TBD
  • June 8 - TBD
  • June 15  - TBD
  • June 22- TBD
  • June 29 - TBD
 

PLANT SALE

FALL PLANT SALE 2011

Saturday / October 15 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday / October 16 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale

The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location.  Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers are all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice.  Purchase pottery and other delightful garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market. 

SPRING PLANT SALE 2012

Saturday / March 17 / 7 a.m.-5 p.m. AND
Sunday / March 18 / 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale
The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location.  Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers are all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice.  Purchase pottery and other delightful garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market. 
 

EXHIBITS

 

DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS EXHIBIT

September 12, 2011 – January 1, 2012
Along the Garden’s trails

Included with membership or paid Garden admission.
David Rogers’ Big Bugs Exhibition features 11 over-sized insect sculptures. The sculptures are created using various combinations of whole trees, cut green saplings, selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches and other forest materials. Each sculpture is unique in material, shape, color and texture which provide them with character, definition and a sense of motion.

MONET’S GIVERNY AND OTHER EDENS

September 29 - November 13, 2011 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ottosen Gallery
Included with membership or paid Garden admission.

Art critic Richard Nilsen has spent 40 years photographing gardens around the world. His exhibit with Desert Botanical Garden highlights images from Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous garden in Giverny, 40 miles outside Paris, along with images from a dozen other gardens, private and public, from around the U.S. and Europe

MARIPOSA MONARCA

September 24 – November 27, 2011
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
Free for members. $3.50 for general public 3 years and older, with paid Garden admission. Free for members and children under 3.

Once again the Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present Mariposa Monarca.  Come stroll through the best butterfly habitat in the Southwest and be immersed among hundreds of colorful, fluttering monarchs.

OFRENDA OFFERING

October 21 – November 2, 2011 / 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily / Webster Auditorium
Included with membership or paid Garden admission.

Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors.  The Garden will host ten local and renowned artists who will create original installations for this exhibition.

DESIGN FOR A LIVING WORLD

January 16 – April 1, 2012 / 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily / 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday nights
Dorrance Hall
Included with membership or paid Garden admission

The Nature Conservancy invited 10 designers to create new objects from sustainable materials from around the world. Wood, plants, wool and other organic materials were made into captivating and engaging objects, illustrating fascinating stories about regeneration and the human connection to the earth. Models, sketches and raw materials complement the finished objects. The exhibition also feature video interviews of the designers. Designers include: Isaac Mizrahi, Maya Lin, Ted Muehling, Yves Behar, Kate Spade and more. For more information and to visualize the exhibit, please visit the Design for a Living World Website at: http://www.nature.org/media/design/index.html

SPRING BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT IN THE MARSHALL BUTTERFLY PAVILION

March 3 – May 13, 2012
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
Free for members.  $3.50 for general public 3 years and older, with paid Garden admission.  Free for members and children under 3.

The exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that are a butterfly lover’s paradise. Hundreds of butterflies surround you; some flying and others perched in sunny locations, to allow for butterfly encounters that delight visitors of all ages. You will be greeted by many species of North American butterflies including Painted Ladies and the regal Queens. There are special display areas featuring butterfly host plants and a Discovery Station where you have the chance to see our scaly-winged friends up close. 
 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS


MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE

September 30, 2011 / 6 – 10 p.m.
Members: $55 / General Public: $60
Tickets on sale July 2011

Spend a masked evening under starry skies at Moonlight Masquerade, celebrating the spectacular David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit. See these larger than life sculptures illuminated against the beautiful backdrop of the Desert Botanical Garden. Dress the part and wear bug or butterfly themed masks to this uniquely enchanting evening. Explore featured curiosities including creepy confections at various “Do You Dare” stations along the trails. Tickets include fire shows, burlesque acts, high energy bands and gourmet catered cuisine.

BIG BUG MOVIE NIGHTS

Saturdays, October 1 – 15, 2011 and Wednesdays, November 2 – 16, 2011
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Movie starts at 7 p.m.
Included with membership or paid Garden admission.
Space is limited.  Reservation: 480 481-8188.

  • Saturday, October 1 / Ants
  • Saturday, October 8 / Charlotte’s Web
  • Saturday, October 15 / A Bugs Life
  • Wednesday, November 2 / The Fly (1958 version)
  • Wednesday, November 9 / Beetlejuice
  • Wednesday, November 16 / Arachnophobia

AVANT-GARDEN

Thursdays / October 6 – November 17, 2011 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $12 / General Public: $18

Avante-Garden brings the unique culture of Phoenix to center stage.  Each week different vendors, presenters and performers showcase their talents and demonstrate the buzzing energy of our community. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events will provide food for purchase and a full cash bar is available. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present. Programming subject to change.

October 6 /Hail the Ale
Kick off October Fest celebrations early and support local Arizona beers! Four Peaks “Bar Room Hero” Jon Schmidt will lend his knowledge of beer education and enjoyment along with tastes of some of Four Peaks’ famous Ales. The festival atmosphere will continue with an October Fest-inspired set from the Bad Cactus Brass Band.

October 13 /In Bloom
Fall Fashion is in full bloom! See some of the new fall looks from local designers featured at Local Talent AZ Boutique followed by an ultra-hip performance from alternative rockers Covela.

October 27 /A Spirited Evening
Tricks and Treats will be in the Garden tonight! Be prepared to laugh as the Jester’z Improv Comedy performs hysterical interactive sketches tailored specially for the Garden. Local band Banana Gun will keep spirits high with their combination of 70’s rock, funk, and R&B.

November 3 /Stop, Cook, and Listen
Stop and smell the roses - or in this case, the fresh herbs. Enjoy a cooking demonstration that utilizes herbs from the Garden and emphasizes the difference that fresh ingredients make in cuisine. Continue to relax in the good old Southern way and enjoy traditional bluegrass music performed by Hurt County.

November 10 /Toast the Taste
Enjoy chocolate and wine and feel just fine! A Chocolate Ambassador from Wei of Chocolate will explore the taste and enjoyment of organic and Fair Trade chocolate accompanied by a presentation and tasting of organic wines. The feel good vibe will continue with an acoustic pop-rock performance by FourWayFree.

November 17 /Have You Heard
After an emotional and awe-inspiring Garden debut this past Spring, HB and HomeBase Poetry return for an extended set of spoken word poetry.

To Purchase Tickets:
  • Order online
  • Call 480-481-8188, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office ( 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

October 20 – 21, 2011 / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
October 22 – 23, 2011 / 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.   
Festival is included with membership or paid Garden admission.

This fall visit the Garden, where children and adults alike can experience a festival that brings the true feeling of autumn to the desert. Take a hayride to the Garden’s very own pumpkin patch, where each day children ages 12 & under can pick their own free pumpkin. Children can enjoy face painting, the Amazing Bale Maze, balloon artistry, pumpkin decorating and carving demonstrations, and much more.  There will be a baked goods market by Fabulous Food and a Fall Harvest Market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce such as unique pumpkins, gourds, and chili ristras. 

CUISINE AND CULTURE OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Thursday, October 27, 2011 / 6-8 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Cuisine and Culture of Día de los Muertos provides an interactive experience that fuses the cultural traditions with the important role that food and drink play in the holiday. The evening will feature a presentation on the history of Día de los Muertos given by Zarco Guerrero and a tequila tasting followed by a dining experience prepared by Silvana Salcido Esparza and Barrio Café staff. 

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Order online
  • Call 480-481-8188, Monday - Friday (8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily)
  • Visit the Admission Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION

October 29 & 30, 2011 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come to the Garden for Dia de los Muertos, a colorful Mexican and Native tradition that honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting.  Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of this holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling.

BIG BUG BRUNCH

Saturday OR Sunday, November 5 or 6, 2011
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Members: Adults $35 / Children $30
General Public: Adults $40 / Children $35

Take part in a cheerful celebration centered around the David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit. Enjoy a tasty catered breakfast followed by children’s crafts, activities, and entertainment. All guests are encouraged to explore the larger-than-life bug sculptures along the trail and will receive admission into the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Each child will be able to wear and take home a pair of bug-themed antennae.

CHILES & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

November 11 - 13, 2011 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Delight your taste buds at this culinary festival with flavors both spicy and sweet. Celebrate the unique taste of the Southwest as you meander through a breezy open air market. Sample savory treats such as gourmet chocolates and zesty salsas.  All products available for purchase from local vendors. There will be cooking demonstrations and entertainment.

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS

December 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-30, 2011
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The Garden, unique in its traditions, celebrates the magical splendor of Las Noches de las Luminarias.  Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting for friends and family to spend a cheerful holiday evening together. More than 10 musical acts provide the musical backdrop and strategically located fire pits provide warming stations or romantic settings. Food, wine, cocoa, cider and other non-alcoholic beverages are available.  Ticket on sale in September. To purchase tickets, visit the Admissions Box Office, order online or call 480-481-8188.

AVANT-GARDEN

Thursdays / January 19 – March 29, 2012 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $12 / General Public: $18

Avante-Garden brings the unique culture of Phoenix to center stage.  Each week different vendors, presenters and performers showcase their talents and demonstrate the buzzing energy of our community. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events will provide food for purchase and a full cash bar is available. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions.Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present. Programming is subject to change.

Line-up to be announced in November 2011.

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Order online
  • Call 480-481-8188, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Visit the Admissions Box Office ( 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

 

MOMIX’S BOTANICA

January 27 & 28, 2012
At the Orpheum Theater benefitting Desert Botanical Garden

In this highly anticipated Phoenix appearance, revolutionary dance company MOMIX brings its breathtaking fantasy piece Botanica to the Orpheum Theater. Legendary choreographer Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and pure talent to create an unforgettable multimedia experience. Botanica transports you to a fantasy world of surreal images and childlike wonder brought to life by a cast of dancer-illusionists. Set to an eclectic score that ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica reveals nature’s changing imagery in MOMIX’s signature illusionary style. Ticket and pricing information TBD.

OAXACAN TRUNK SHOW

Friday - Sunday / March 30 – April 1
Binns Wildflower Pavilion
Included with Garden membership or paid Garden admission.

The Garden presents a showing of Oaxacan wood carving with hundreds of pieces in a variety of styles available for purchase.

SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS LEAGUE SPRING PAINTOUT

Saturdays / March 3, 10, 17, 24 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. throughout the Garden
Show & Sale / Saturday - Sunday / March 31 – April 1 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Stardust Foundation Plaza
Included with Garden membership or paid Garden admission.

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists’ League will co-sponsor their annual Spring Paintout. More than 40 Scottsdale Artists League's best landscape painters will paint every Saturday in March. As visitors walk through the Garden trails they will come across artists painting Garden scenes. Visitors are encouraged to interact with their favorite artists and to see nature through fresh eyes. Be sure to return during the final weekend of March 31 – April 1, when all of the artwork from the paintout will be on display and for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists’ League’s Scholarship Fund. For more information visit www.scottsdaleartistsleague.org.

CENTRAL ARIZONA CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE

Friday – Sunday, April 20 -22 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard
Included with paid Garden admission or with Garden membership.

Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants competeing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite.  In addition, outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale.

AGAVE ON THE ROCKS

Friday, March 30, 2012 / 6-10 p.m.
Celebrate Sonoran roots at Agave on the Rocks, a deliciously fun evening at the Desert Botanical Garden. Don’t miss gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, fabulous music and refreshing margaritas. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Event programming is subject to change.

DINNER ON THE DESERT

Saturday / April 28 / 6 p.m.
The Garden’s annual gala under the stars.  Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500. Reservations are limited. Please call Esther Battock at 480-481-8182 for more information or reservations.

TOPIA

May 2012 / Proposed
Desert Botanical Garden and the Ballet Arizona are collaborating on the production of on Topia, a new performance created by Ib Anderson to be performed in the desert landscape of Desert Botanical Garden.

GOLFIN’ IN THE DESERT

May 2012 / Shotgun start 7:30 a.m. / ASU Karsten Golf Course
$100 per person / Includes golf, cart fees and lunch

Volunteers in the Garden announces its annual golf tournament. Sign up now to enjoy a fun day of golf while contributing to this popular fundraiser for Title I schools. Contact nwhite@dbg.org or go to dbg.org to sign up.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday / May 13 / Dorrance Hall
Celebrate moms with Desert Botanical Garden.  Program to be announced.

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