A Big Warm Thank You to You | Desert Botanical Garden


Every day the Garden is grateful for its visitors, staff, volunteers, members and donors who make the experience here one that is memorable. Your support helps the Garden continue to be a world class attraction committed to education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert.

This Thanksgiving we would like to tally up the Garden’s blessings and gratitude as one fantastic year ends and another exciting year approaches.

The Garden welcomed more than 627,000 this year so far. Your visit to the Garden helps support important research and conservation work, including this project that involves ecological research canines helping the Garden find a rare and endangered orchid native to Arizona. 

Earlier this year, the Garden hosted the magnificent large-scale glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly for the third time. Chihuly in the Desert was co-presented with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West through June 19. The exhibition was made possible with the generous help of sponsors like Arizona’s Office of Tourism, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and JP Morgan Chase.

This and many other experiences at the Garden aren’t possible without the help of 474 volunteers. They have helped clean and maintain 11 Chihuly glass installations earlier this year. Many have helped guide guests and offer warm smiles on the trails. And since October, docents have returned after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic to offer visitors an enriching and educational experience as they tour the Garden.

Thank you to more than 4,500 donors and their philanthropic efforts that so far have totaled $11.6 million to support the Garden.

Thank you to our nearly 37,000 Garden members.

And thank you to our wonderful community who supports the Garden in various ways. From all of us at the Garden, we send you and all your families a harvest of blessings this Thanksgiving.


Ken Schutz

The Dr. William Huizingh
Executive Director