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Think + Drink

DATE: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, March 18, April 8, May 6, 2020
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PRICE: Members: $25 | General: $35

Check back soon for March 18, April 8 and May 6 discussions and speakers.

Inspired by Wild Rising by Cracking Art, listen to talks and discussions from experts, scholars and industry professionals, as they share their insight about topical issues. Afterward, mingle with friends over drinks and yard games, with music spun by DJ Davina. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. will be on-site each night sampling their seasonal favorites.

Upcoming Discussions

Jan. 29
Building Community Through Food with Chef Gabe Gardner, Farm to Table Manager of Local First Arizona Foundation, joined by Courtney and Chris Marks of Shrubwell
Chef Gabe Gardner, of Local First Arizona, runs the Fuerza Local Community Kitchen, which incubates start-up food businesses interested in creating a vibrant and diverse local food economy. He has built a community of entrepreneurs, who use the space to build their business with the belief that a localized food system benefits us all.

Shrubwell is the creation of Courtney and Chris Marks. Whether they are traveling for work or exploring the Valley, they are always seeking out good food. They’ve made a lot of amazing discoveries along the way and are super excited to be contributing something they love back into the food world. Sample Shrubwell’s shrub and hear about Courtney and Chris’ journey alongside Chef Gabe.

Feb. 12
From Waste to Soil with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company’s Jonathan Buford & Patrick Ware
Join the creators of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company as they share their practice of “The Wilderness Way”. Learn why Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company focuses on the importance of ensuring as much of their waste makes it back into our Arizona soils to help generate healthy livestock for their Arizona grassed-raised beef, provide nutrients for their locally sourced produce and revert waste from our landfills to keep Arizona healthy and clean.

Lastly, hear about Arizona Wilderness’s partnership with Desert Botanical Garden on the creation of their newest Garden-inspired beer and the use of indigenous ingredients. Be among the first to try this beer before it is released to the public.

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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.

Featured Class: Seedlings - Winter

Weekly from Jan. 7 - Feb. 14, 2020

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers explore the wonders of our desert through nature-based activities and guided walks on the trails.

Elephant in the Room

Now - May 10, 2020

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.

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