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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.

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.

owl frank gonzales

Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales

Sep. 21, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

Vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales explore pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert.

Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Jun Kaneko Sculpture at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct 13, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Bold, monumental sculptures of Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko were located throughout the Garden trails. Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms were beautifully set in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Kaneko’s imaginative color palettes, whimsical Tanukis and iconic Dango forms made for an enjoyable experience for guests of all ages. 

David Kessler: Translucence at the Desert Botanical Garden

David T. Kessler: Translucence

Feb 24 - May 7, 2017

Arizona-based artist David T. Kessler’s dynamic waterscape paintings incorporated abstract and realistic imagery. Each piece captured the qualities of refracted light with transparent layers of paint on abraded and polished aluminum. Kessler’s large-scale paintings evoked a romantic response to nature, one that praised the sublime and awe-inspiring vistas.

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between at the Desert Botanical Garden

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between

Oct 7, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017

Space in Between was a collaboration between artist Margarita Cabrera, the Arizona State University Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden. Cabrera led workshops with communities from the Arizona region to create soft sculptures of desert plants made from recycled Border Patrol uniforms and embroidered with personal stories of immigration. Additional support for the project was provided by the CALA Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America Grant Number MA-20-14-0236-14, the Mexican Consulate, Southwest Key, and Latino youth from the Phoenix community.

Upcoming Exhibits

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

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.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Feb. 29 - May 10, 2020

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 the caterpillar nursery, and see butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

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