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Upcoming Events & Family Events in Phoenix

"The Story of Camelback Mountain" Book Readings & Signings

Feb. 17, 2020

Join us for the launch of “The Story of Camelback Mountain” by Estelle Cohen & Pam Hait, illustrated by Sebastien Millon. This new book tells the untold story about this iconic Arizona landmark.

Featured Class: Baby Boojums

Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, Feb. 18 - March 13, 2020

Caregivers and children ages 6-30 months discover firsthand how sensory-based experiences in nature can guide early childhood development and can strengthen bonds with each other and with the Sonoran Desert.

Featured Class: Fragrance Garden

Feb. 19, 2020

Discover a selection of desert-adapted plants with pleasing aromas as well as colors, textures, and forms. Learn to create a sensory experience that lasts throughout the year. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20.

Devour Culinary Classic

Feb. 22 & Feb. 23, 2020

The region’s most anticipated culinary event returns to Desert Botanical Garden for its 11th year. Devour Culinary Classic promises to present the very best that Arizona’s culinary scene has to offer. 100% of all proceeds from Devour Culinary Classic benefit the community efforts of Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and Arizona Business Committee for the Arts (AZBCA).

Featured Class: Herbal Tea Garden

Feb. 25, 2020

Growing plants for herbal teas can benefit your health while adding beauty and fragrance to your garden. Learn which herbs, including chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips and peppermint, are perfectly suited for tea and thrive in the desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 24.

Garden Happy Hour

Feb. 27, March 19, April 30, May 7, 2020

Celebrate the happiest of hours at the Garden with special admission prices for you, friends and family to swing back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the desert.

Featured Class: Introduction to Macro Photography

Feb. 28, 2020

Explore the art of the up-close and personal: macro photography. Discuss composition, proper equipment, focusing, lighting and how to steady the camera at close range. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Music in the Garden Spring 2020

Now - May 29, 2020

Desert Botanical Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. These popular events feature some of the best local and regional musicians. Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop of mature saguaros and other desert plants, as audiences ages 21 and older enjoy the sounds of favorite bands and discover new talent. Food and drink, including a selection of boutique wines, are available for purchase.

Cactus Clubhouse Grand Opening

Feb. 29, 2020

We welcome you and your family to enjoy the Desert Botanical Garden with the opening of the new nature play space, Cactus Clubhouse, to experience nature play and join in Family Playtime.

Garden Mixtape

Feb. 13, March 12, April 16, 2020

Mix it up with your friends at Garden Mixtape, a new event series at the Garden. Enjoy danceable tunes from great local acts and surprise elements that will make your evening memorable. Sample seasonal craft beers with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company.

Featured Class: Crepe Paper California Poppy

March 13, 2020

Learn how to make a beautiful California poppy and how to use alcohol ink to create gradients in flowers. Step by step, students will learn how to make a crepe paper flower with two buds and leaves to decorate their home or share with their friends or family.  Also, students will learn a bit about this wildflower that grows here in Arizona during spring. Instructed by Sandra Villegas. Limit 10.

Think + Drink

March 18, April 8, May 6, 2020

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, music and yard games.

Spring Plant Sale

March 21-22, 2020

Don’t let 30,000 plants intimidate you! Our on-site horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave or ornamental to plant in your own garden. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available. Volunteers and staff are available to offer advice, answer questions and assist in selections.

Agave on the Rocks

March 27, 2020

Celebrate tequila, food and music through the Garden’s desert trails. Sip a refreshing margarita in a glowing glass, while tasting culinary treats prepared by some of the Valley’s tastiest restaurants and caterers.

Dinner on the Desert

Apr 25, 2020

Sophisticated and stylish — Dinner on the Desert 2020 with Event Chair, Ann Stanton welcomes you to share the Garden with the 1,000 colorful animals of Wild Rising by Cracking Art. The evening begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and socializing with friends while you bid on distinctive plants, pots and garden art, plus unique and exciting experiences. The magical outdoor setting of the Garden is the stage for your evening of wild, inspired cuisine. After dinner, the farewell experience will bring the color of the desert and animal sculptures to life.

Fund the Farm

May 14, 2020

Fund the Farm is a festive party with a purpose, featuring a hosted bar, tequila tastings, field fresh hors d’oeuvres and lively music staged at Desert Botanical Garden’s beautiful outdoor setting.

The Four Seasons – A World Premiere

Tuesday - Saturday, May 19 - June 6, 2020

Surrounded by the lush desert landscape with the setting sun as a backdrop, Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues in 2020 with The Four Seasons. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona evolves, takes chances and challenges your emotional boundaries in the desert that we call our home.

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Desert Botanical Garden and Gertrude's Restaurant will close at 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 with last general admission at 2 p.m.
The Garden and Gertrude's Restaurant will be closed Feb. 22 - 23 for Devour Culinary Classic.