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Celebrate Juneteenth at the Garden

DATE: Jun. 15, 18, 19
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PRICE: Included with General Admission

Commemorate Juneteenth with the Garden on June 15, 18 & 19. Celebrate Black excellence and culture through children’s storytime, hands-on activities, live performances and a community discussion.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, tens of thousands of enslaved Africans in Texas were emancipated, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President LincolnJuneteenth became a federally recognized holiday on June 17, 2021 and is observed on June 19. 

June 15, 2022

Free Virtual Webinar | 12 – 1:30 p.m.
For the Culture: Voices of Black Agriculturalists and Conservationists
Join Arizona agriculturalists and conservationists to discuss the impact of Black representation within the food systems industry and the importance of accessibility to healthy food.

Channel Powe, Chief Executive Officer, Powe Power LLC
Keisha Tatem, State Conservationist, United States Department of Agriculture
Darren Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Tiger Mountain Foundation
James and Rachael Stewart, Owners, Southwest Black Ranchers
– Rodney Machokoto, Owner, Machokoto Family Farms/Edenic Gardens

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June 18, 2022 

Munson Outdoor Classroom | 8 – 9 a.m.
Children’s Storytime
Juneteenth reading and activity included with admissions for children 2 and younger and their caregivers.

Webster Auditorium | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Juneteenth Children & Family Pop-Up Activity.
Guests will have an opportunity to make a Juneteenth-inspired necklace and windsock. While supplies last.

June 19, 2022

Binns Wildflower Pavilion

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Senegalese Sabar Drumming Performance
Enjoy a performance of traditional Senegalese sabar drumming and a hands-on musical experience.

10 – 11 a.m. | Music of West Africa: Trio Performance
Experience a powerful performance with Arouna Diarra, Zaza Diarra and Sonja Branch as they share the West African tradition of folk songs through a dynamic repertoire of intricate rhythms with instruments such as the ngoni, kora, djembe, and various percussion instruments.



Playing with Stars: Rotraut at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct. 7, 2022 - May 14, 2023

The bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut will enliven the Garden t​rails while a selection of her paintings and small sculpture fill the Ottosen Gallery. Known around the world, and based in Arizona, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun and universe.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Member's only weekend: Dec. 1 - 4 Additional Dates: 9 -11, 15 - 18, 20 - 23, 26 -31

Enter a desert wonderland this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminarias and twinkling holiday lights.

Dog Days at the Garden

Jan. 14

Bring your furry friend to Dog Days at the Garden for the “ultimutt” nature experience. Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and stroll the Garden’s five thematic trails Saturday mornings.

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The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail will be closed Nov. 28 - Dec. 1