The Garden is commemorating Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, June 14-19, which includes a special storytelling experience hosted by artist Ebone “Muse” Johnson.
Each year, your support for Desert Botanical Garden has helped us promote and carry out essential conservation and research initiatives that protect our saguaro population, provide educational offerings for children like summer camps, as well as maintain and care for the living collection.
Have you seen monarch butterflies flying around your yard or favorite pollinator habitat? They are back for the winter season and in great numbers...
Mexican Ponche is a warm fruit punch served during the holidays. This sweet and comforting beverage is made with apples, pears, oranges, guavas, as well as the sweet blend of hibiscus, tejocotes, and piloncillo—a perfect complement to the winter season and the delectable dishes enjoyed during Posadas and family gatherings.
As the holiday season draws closer, keep your eyes peeled for a super special cactus that steals the show this time of year: the Holiday cactus.
Bracts are the red flower-like petals you might find on a poinsettia, but they are specialized leaves. Look closely at the center of the bracts, and you will see small flowers. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbia family related to succulent euphorbias.
From Nov. 4-5, the Garden will host a two- day Día de Muertos festival with a procession for the entire family to enjoy.
Razor sharp spines. Plants that cut themselves to creep along the ground. Cactus with mutations! At Desert Botanical Garden, guests will encounter several ‘creepy’ cactus species throughout the trails.
In the paper, “Pre-contact Agave Domesticates—Living Legacy Plants in Arizona’s Landscape” published in the Annuals of Botany, Garden researchers Wendy Hodgson, Andrew Salywon and volunteer Jane Rosenthal describe six rare domesticated agave species whose clones remarkably can still be found living in abandoned ancient fields in Arizona.