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This Week’s Blooms | Week of March 30

This Week’s Blooms | Week of March 30

We hope you have enjoyed watching this week’s featured blooms video! If you are eyeing the plants in the video and wondering what they are, well you are in luck. We have listed the plant names below.   Twisted Acacia (Vachellia schaffneri) Blinder prickly pear...
Grab your Crayons and Unwind

Grab your Crayons and Unwind

Did you know that coloring is not just for kids? It can be a stress-reducing, meditative and a creative experience. The Garden invites you to find inspiration in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert through these coloring pages. So grab your crayons, markers, colored...
Behind The Scenes of Seed Lab Photography

Behind The Scenes of Seed Lab Photography

Conservation collections manager, Steve Blackwell, shares the intriguing capabilities of the Garden’s Seed Lab and photography. Explore seeds, seedlings and chrysalises on a cellular level and learn how Garden scientists use this process in their work. Explore...
Activity | Build an Insect

Activity | Build an Insect

The Sonoran Desert has thousands of bug species. What have you noticed about them? Do they have fluttering wings? Do they have six legs, or maybe more? What color are they? What do they eat?  In this at-home Garden activity, kids of all ages can build their very own...
This Week’s Blooms | Week of March 23

This Week’s Blooms | Week of March 23

We hope you have enjoyed watching this week’s featured blooms video! If you are eyeing the plants in the video and wondering what they are, well you are in luck. We have listed the plant names below.   Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) Blue Glow Aloe (Hybrid)...
Activity | Build a Bird Nest

Activity | Build a Bird Nest

It is spring, and birds everywhere are building nests to create a safe, warm place to lay eggs and raise their young. Take a moment to observe photos of nests online. What do you notice? How are they similar? How are they different? Using natural materials from your...
Transforming a Food Desert into a Food Oasis

Transforming a Food Desert into a Food Oasis

Phase 1 of Spaces of Opportunity Completed Spaces of Opportunity has been working to transform a 19-acre lot, which sat vacant for roughly 20 years, into one of the nation’s largest urban agriculture projects. Spaces’ mission is to enable all south Phoenix families to...
Rainwater Harvesting at Desert Botanical Garden

Rainwater Harvesting at Desert Botanical Garden

The Garden has found a way to extend the benefits of rainy seasons long after the clouds have departed – elevating its rainwater harvesting efforts. Incorporated in the design for the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science is an extensive rainwater harvesting...
Kids Discover The World Around Them Through Nature Play

Kids Discover The World Around Them Through Nature Play

Did you know that children are spending 50% less time outdoors than they did 20 years ago? Nature play is a research-based movement gaining popularity in the United States to help combat this statistic. Nature play involves children interacting with our world in ways...
Fred Katterman Collection at Desert Botanical Garden

Fred Katterman Collection at Desert Botanical Garden

In 2014, Desert Botanical Garden received an extraordinary gift from Fred Katterman. He donated his private cactus collection consisting of more than 1,800 potted cactus from regions of Chile, northern Argentina and Peru. This donation added 131 new taxa to the...

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