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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.


Yoga at the Garden

April 18, 25 | May 2, 5, 9, 12, 19, 26

Unwind and connect with nature during this memorable Sunset Yoga session, led by local studio Metta Yoga. Together, in a Sonoran desert oasis, we will breathe, stretch and embrace the beauty of the setting sun whilst enjoying the Garden view

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1 - May 12 | Thursday - Sunday | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cactus Clubhouse has relocated as the Garden is growing and under construction. Please visit us in our new location in the Weisz Academic Bulding. In this temporary space, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.

Majestic Mariposas

March 13 - May 12

Don’t miss this living exhibit that features more than a thousand free-flying Southwestern butterflies.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


April 17-19 Center for Desert Living Trail will be closed due to construction.
April 20 The Garden will close at 12 p.m., last admission 10:30 a.m.
April 20 Cactus Clubhouse will be closed.