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Dinner on the Desert 2022

DATE: April 23, 2022
TIME: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Dinner on the Desert 2022 brings together the beauty of the Garden and the elegance of Chihuly in the Desert for an unforgettable evening.

Event chairs, Mac and Russ Perlich, look forward to welcoming guests as they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the Garden wide exhibit.

Afterward, enjoy an exquisite dinner that reflects the flavors of spring in the Garden’s magical outdoor setting. Following dinner, the farewell experience will bring Chihuly’s work and the sounds of the evening to life.

A pre-event weeklong virtual auction gives guests the opportunity to bid on distinctive plants, pots, Garden art and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Please join us, for a perfect evening with friends, family and colleagues amongst the beauty and splendor of the Garden.

We hope you take pride in knowing that your generosity supports the Garden as the global leader in the desert plant conservation and its mission to advance excellence in education, research and exhibition of desert plants.

Dinner on the Desert directly supports the Garden as the global leader of desert plant conservation and its commitment to advancing excellence in education, exhibition and research of our most precious resource – our plants.

Reservation and Support Options

For more information about becoming an Evening Host or being put on the waitlist please contact Allora McChesney at amcchesney@dbg.org or 480.481.8160.

Already have a table or tickets reserved? Please click here to pay, register, or input your guest list through our online system.

Please contact Alicia Hyatt at ahyatt@dbg.org with virtual auction questions.

Not attending, but want to register to participate in the auction? Register for the Auction here


START TIME: Friday, April 15, 2022 at 6 p.m.

END TIME: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at noon

As a Dinner on the Desert auction participant, you will have the opportunity to participate in our week-long virtual auction through your computer, smart phone and mobile device. More information to come!


Thank you to this year’s virtual auction donors

Adrienne and Paul Morell Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona Diamondbacks Armstrong Growers, Art Holeman Photography, Ballet Arizona, Berridge Nurseries, Bollinger Atelier Editions, Botanical’s in Clay, Chris Jagmin, Christo’s Ristorante, Durant’s, Event Network, Everde Growers, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Gertrude’s Restaurant, Iconic Cocktail Co., Jamey Wetmore & Emma Frow, Kathy Munson Kevin Caron, Sculptor, Kravet Inc., Mark Dimmitt, Michael Marlowe, Michael Niemira & Shirley Lazo, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Papayon & Linda Norquist, Pat & Jerry McKenna, Paxphilomena, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Pizzeria Bianco, Plants for the Southwest, Rancho Soledad Nursery, Richard Trujillo, Robin Woodworth, Steve & Kathleen Taddie, Steve and Terry Roman, The Hermosa Inn, The Oxide Studio, Valerianne, Waterwise Botanicals, Wiseman & Gale Interiors.


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.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


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