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Patrick Dougherty: Childhood Dreams

Feb 1, 2007 - Aug 20, 2008

World-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty transformed hundreds of willow branches into magnificent whirling, animated sculptures on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. The environmental sculpture installations were interactive and designed to ignite a childlike imagination in each viewer.

Manolo Valdes: Sculpture in the Garden

Jan 22 - May 28, 2006

This exhibition featured life-size bronze sculptures throughout the Garden by one of Spain’s foremost living contemporary artists, Manolo Valdés. Valdés’ work is exhibited around the world, and Desert Botanical Garden was the premiere West Coast venue for his monumental sculpture.

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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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