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Featured Class: Craft Chocolate Making 101

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PRICE: Members: $52 | General: $65

A deep dive into the world of craft chocolate! Experience a demonstration & discussion of micro-batch “bean-to-bar” craft chocolate making. Learn how cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate and discover the world of natural flavors that can be found in craft chocolate. Learn about the differences between “Industrial Chocolate” and Ethically-Sourced craft chocolate. Includes sampling of freshly roasted cocoa nibs, chocolate liquor (100% cacao; no sugar) & a guided tasting of single-origin dark chocolates. Experience the Chocolate Flavor Wheel. Instructed by Jim & Maureen Elitzak. Limit 24.


Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Now - May 10, 2020

Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition is traveling straight from Milan to bring Wild Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. Visitors of all ages will be drawn to engage these vibrant creatures and to discover that plastic does not have to end up in landfills, but it can be reinvented into something eye catching and thought provoking.

Elephant in the Room

This exhibit will be closed Nov. 22 – 28 and will reopen on Friday, Nov. 29

Join the conversation of Wild Rising by Cracking Art with Elephant in the Room, a thought-provoking installation in Ottosen Gallery that invites visitors to dig into rotating worldly topics and commit to reducing human impact on the natural world. The interactive exhibit will feature topics related to biodiversity and climate change, including environmental happiness, cactus as a threatened species and the culture of convenience.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Dec. 13-15, 17-23, 26-31, 2019

Celebrate the spirit of the season with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Stroll the Garden’s trails lined with 8,000 flickering luminaria bags, gaze at twinkling lights and admire the enchanting glow of Wild Rising creatures. Happen upon tunes from eclectic entertainment groups and cherish the time spent with friends and family during the holiday season.

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The bottom of the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest is closed.
On Dec. 13-15, the Garden closes at 4 p.m.with the last daytime admission at 3 p.m. The Garden will reopen at 5:30 p.m. for
Las Noches de las Luminarias.