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Desert Sol

DATE: Nov. 8
TIME: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PRICE: Included with Garden admission or membership

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature as you enjoy a variety of cultural, wellness and healing traditions from around the world to invigorate your mind, body and soul. Experience moments of music, meditation and self-expression to promote well-being and healthy living.

Experience the rich culture of the land we call home through songs, stories and dances from across Native America as we celebrate Native American Heritage month. Listen to the enchanting melodies of the Native American flute and journey into the tapestry of designs of the hoop dancer.

Ullman Terrace


  • Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) has performed for audiences worldwide including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and The White House. Duncan has great achievements in both music and dance. As a flute player, he is currently signed to the largest and oldest Native American music label Canyon Records. As a hoop dancer, Tony Duncan is among the best in the world, winning the title of “World Champion Hoop Dancer,” an amazing 5 times.
  • Violet Duncan is Plains Cree and Taino from Kehewin Cree Nation. She has toured nationally and internationally as a dancer and storyteller. Violet is currently a Professor at the South Mountain Community College: Storytelling Institute. Violet is a former “Miss Indian World”, representing all Indigenous people of North America. After becoming a mother of 4 and seeing the need for Native representation in literature, she took it upon herself to author 3 children’s books, “I am Native”, “When We Dance” and “Let’s Hoop Dance!.” She is currently sharing her curriculum “I am Native: Lesson Plans” to help educators gain more insight into a culturally literate classroom.


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.

Cactus Clubhouse

Jan. 1 - March 31

Desert Botanical Garden invites kids to engage with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a nature play space. The play area provides unstructured, child-led activities for kids under 12 to discover the fun of the natural world.

Dog Days at the Garden

Select Saturdays | Jan. 28 - May 27 (excluding Feb. 25 and April 22)

Paws up for Dog Days at the Garden! Explore the trails with your pup, smell the spring wildflowers and pose for photos on Saturday mornings.

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