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Upcoming Events & Family Events in Phoenix

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.

Featured Class: Beekeeping for Beginners

Jan. 25, 2020

Join beekeeper Dan Punch to learn about the different types of bees and their roles in the hive, the work and lifecycle of honeybees, how to construct hives and where to purchase equipment. There will be hands-on material and local honey samples. Limit 30.

Think + Drink

Jan. 29, Feb. 12, 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.

Garden Happy Hour

Jan. 30, 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.

Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring: Guillermo “Gil” Penalosa

Feb 3, 2020

Founder and chair of 80 Cities and the first Ambassador for World Urban Parks, Guillermo “Gil” Penalosa comes to the Garden to deliver his innovative vision to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all.

Featured Class: Desert Wildlife and Safety

Jan. 13 & Feb. 4, 2020

Hear from the Arizona Herpetological Sanctuary about how to be safe with native Arizona desert animals and to respect them in our environment. The demonstration will feature many critters, including a Sonoran Desert tortoise, California king snake, Gopher snake, Western Diamondback rattlesnake and a Gila monster.

Music in the Garden Spring 2020

Fridays, Feb. 7 - 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.

Corks & Cactus

Feb. 8-9, 2020

Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of the Garden at Corks & Cactus, where boutique wines and desert beauty blend into a delightful event. Sample from 40 wines each day, enjoy music and purchase delicious fare. 21 and older.

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.

Jared & The Mill

Feb. 13, 2020

Check out Jared & The Mill perform as part of GARDEN MIXTAPE. Enjoy great live music performed against a backdrop of the living desert and sample craft beers from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company.

Wild About Arizona

Feb. 15, 2020

Towering saguaros, watercolor sunsets, scurrying roadrunners and more—what’s not to love about the Grand Canyon State? Join Desert Botanical Garden on this special day to celebrate being Wild About Arizona.

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: The Art of Calligraphy

Feb. 18, 25 & March 3, 2020

Purchase Calligraphy: An Introduction and Advanced Calligraphy as a package by Jan. 2 and receive a discount. Offer expires Jan. 3. Programs may be purchased separately, subject to availablity.
Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

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: Winter-inspired Ikebana

Dec. 12, 2019 & Feb. 29, 2020

Learn the traditional, meditative principles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Additional required materials list available with online listing. Limit 10.

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.

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