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The Need for Seed

The Need for Seed

In October 2021, Desert Botanical Garden’s Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) initiative started a restoration project at Piestewa Peak that involved dyeing invasive buffelgrass blue, unearthing them with pickaxes and cultivating their replacements at a...

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Desert Botanical Garden Anniversary

Desert Botanical Garden Anniversary

On Feb. 12, the Garden will celebrate its 83rd anniversary. Since 1939, a small group of local residents saw the need to conserve the desert environment. Botanist Gustaf Starck was one of them and found like-minded residents by posting a sign that read “Save the...

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Dust Busters

Dust Busters

For more than a decade now, volunteers Ed and Shellee Lowry have had a unique experience to be up close and personal with several artists’ work during blockbuster exhibitions at Desert Botanical Garden. The Lowrys are dust buster volunteers who help clean and maintain...

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Haunted Gardens

Haunted Gardens

When you think of haunted sites, the last place that might cross your mind is a serene and quiet botanical garden. But with a storied past like that of Desert Botanical Garden, which opened in 1939, there is bound to be a few spooky tales. In fact, several botanical...

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