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Past Exhibits

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

Ofrenda

Oct 26 - Nov 7, 2018

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

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.

Upcoming Exhibits

Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Now - Nov. 18, 2020

The 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.

Cactus Clubhouse

Now - Sept. 30, 2020

CACTUS CLUBHOUSE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

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