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Behind-The-Scenes Tour

DATES: Oct 1, 2019 - May 10, 2020
TIMES: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
PRICE: Free with general admission.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science

45-minute tour includes:

  • Greenhouse West – a 5,300-square-foot fully automated and environmentally controlled facility for housing thousands of the Garden’s plants
  • Marley Horticulture Learning Lab – an indoor/outdoor facility that hosts the Garden’s Desert Landscape School and supports new experiential learning opportunities
  • Cohn Ironwood Courtyard – a place for the Garden’s staff and volunteers to pause and reflect on the joys of gardening and the beauty of desert plants.
  • Ahearn Desert Conservation Lab – a working seed, soil and herbarium prep-lab supporting our conservation work.

Also featured in Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science:

  • Ottosen Great Wall – pays tribute to the beauty of Arizona’s geological features and provides a beautiful boundary between the public and behind-the-scenes work areas.
  • Sustainability – the Center was designed with sustainability in mind. Materials from the old horticulture facilities are re-purposed and integrated into the Center, melding the Garden’s history with the new structures that will carry into the future. Energy-saving design and mechanics, as well as water harvesting strategies, lessen the environmental impact and provide better conditions for plants and people alike. The Center’s sustainability initiatives are sponsored by SRP.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science

Meet at the entrance of Admissions 15 minutes before tour is scheduled to begin.

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Birds in the Garden

Sept. 2, 2019 - Aug. 15, 2020

Join seasoned birders along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including first-time birders.

Garden Tours

Oct 1, 2019 – May 10, 2020

Explore the Garden with a trained guide who will help you understand the extraordinary plants of the Sonoran Desert.

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Desert Botanical Garden and Gertrude's Restaurant will close at 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 with last general admission at 2 p.m.
The Garden and Gertrude's Restaurant will be closed Feb. 22 - 23 for Devour Culinary Classic.