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Fall Butterflies at DBG

Mighty Monarchs

Sept. 21 - Nov. 3, 2019

Mighty monarch butterflies return to Desert Botanical Garden. Experience a diverse kaleidoscope of butterflies from the Southwest, and discover the magnificence of the mighty monarch butterfly.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit

March 2 - May 12, 2019

Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Learn more about the butterfly life cycle in our caterpillar nursery, and don’t miss butterflies emerging from their chrysalis.

Cactus pondering in the garden

Electric Desert

Oct 12, 2018 – May 12, 2019

See desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before, where cactus and desert become a living canvas.

New Bloom by Michelle Stitzlein at Desert Botanical Garden

NEW BLOOM: Industrial Nature by Michelle Stitzlein

Feb. 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Desert Botanical Garden presents sculpture created with found materials from the imagination of artist Michelle Stitzlein. The impressive, large-scale works promote recycling through transforming simple objects into dynamic, natural forms.

Sugar skull display at the Ofrenda Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens


Oct 26 - Nov 7, 2018

Ofrenda features 12 altars, or offerings, created by local artists in celebration of Día de los Muertos.

Monarch butterfly on a flower at dbg

Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors

Sep 29 - Nov 18, 2018

Monarch butterflies and their friends return to the Garden’s Fall Butterfly Exhibit.

Upcoming Exhibits

Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Oct. 12, 2019 - 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.


Oct. 25 - Nov. 6, 2019

The Garden continues its annual exhibition of Ofrenda, or “offering,” which is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. Ofrendas are created to remember and honor the memory of ancestors and loved ones that have passed.

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