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Dyana Hesson at the Desert Botanical Garden

Return to the Desert: Celebrating 25 Years of Dyana Hesson

Jan 29 - May 22, 2016

A retrospective exhibition celebrating the 25-year career of botanical artist Dyana Hesson. Hesson is known for her radiant, detailed oil paintings of botanicals — roses, hibiscus, orchids, bromeliads, succulents and cactus flowers. Her sophisticated technique creates beautifully illuminated paintings that truly encapsulate her passion for the natural world.

Sonoran Light exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden

Sonoran Light: Bruce Munro at Desert Botanical Garden

Nov 22, 2015 - May 8, 2016

Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden showcased eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. Located throughout the Garden, British artist Bruce Munro’s site-specific exhibition reflected his unique interpretation of the Sonoran Desert.

“Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton” is locked Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton at the Desert Botanical Garden

Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton

Oct 16, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

Captivating portraits of nature by celebrated artist Laszlo Layton. This exhibition featured cyanotype photographs of fascinating animals and objects that evoke charm and curiosity. The cyanotype, also known as the “blueprint,” is created with a simple chemical solution that forms a light-sensitive emulsion known for its cyan-blue color. Layton hand-paints each photograph, giving his subjects a vivid, lifelike enchantment.

Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood By Philip & Matt Moulthrop at the Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood By Philip & Matt Moulthrop

Feb 6 - May 3, 2015

Desert Botanical Garden presented new works by world-renowned artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations and their pieces are immediately recognizable by their distinct contemporary forms. This exhibition featured a collection of turned wood that revealed the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona with wood collected by Desert Botanical Garden sources.

Photo by: Adam Rodriguez

Joe McCauliffe underwater print display at the desert botanical garden

Fish Out of Water: An Exhibition of Gyotaku Prints from the Desert by Dr. Joe McAuliffe

Sep 26, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015

Gyotaku impressions of fish from Arizona canals, rivers, lakes and ponds by Dr. Joe McAuliffe. Dr. McAuliffe held the position of Director of Research, Conservation, and Collections from 1990 through 2017 and is most notably recognized for his research in desert ecology. Fish Out of Water celebrated the water that sustains present-day societies in Arizona, with a specific focus on fish found in the Salt River and Crosscut Canals.

Photo by: Adam Rodriguez

Chihuly Nature of Glass display at the Desert Botanical Garden

Chihuly in the Garden

Nov 10, 2013 - May 18, 2014

Artist Dale Chihuly returned to Desert Botanical Garden with a stunning exhibition of his extraordinary and vibrant works of art. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. Each site-specific installation enhanced the natural beauty of the Garden and excited hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.

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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