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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.


Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20

Enjoy a complimentary cool drink, included with ticket, and soak up the summer sunset at the Garden with pop-up experiences and desert views.

Flashlight Nights 2024

July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 & 14

Escape the heat and explore the Garden after dark with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats.

Great Milkweed Grow Out Tour

July 24, 26 & Aug 14, 16

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our plant and insect ecology program! Learn about and experience firsthand our research with butterflies and their hostplants, and visit our onsite propagation area to see how we grow plants for pollinator conservation around the state.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


Heat Advisory: Please be prepared for extreme heat. Bring water, stay hydrated and seek shade when possible.