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November 14, 2019

Phoenix, Nov. 14, 2019 – Spring at Desert Botanical Garden brings wildflowers, butterflies and blooming cactus, but it also brings live music, food festivals, art installations and more. Explore what events and exhibits are blooming at the Garden this spring.

Exhibit entry is included in membership or paid general admission.

Wild Rising by Cracking Art
Open Now
More than 1,000 colorful animal sculptures have invaded the Garden to bring you Wild Rising by Cracking Art. Visitors can engage with these creatures to discover messages of sustainability and conservation.

Elephant in the Room
Open Now
Visitors are invited to participate in the conversation of Wild Rising by Cracking Art with Elephant in the Room in Ottosen Gallery. Take the opportunity to dig into rotating worldly topics, and commit to a positive change that can impact mankind’s global footprint.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Feb. 29 – May 10
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.


Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Jan. 18
Included with membership or paid Garden admission | $4 admission per dog with proceeds benefiting The Arizona Humane Society
Bring the whole family—dogs included—for a walk on Garden trails. Meet other dog lovers, heel for family photos, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup.

Think + Drink
Jan. 29, Feb. 12, March 18, April 8, May 6
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Members: $25 | General: $35
Provoked by Wild Rising by Cracking Art, listen to talks and discussions from experts, scholars and industry professionals, as they share their insight about topical issues. Afterward, mingle with friends over drinks, music and yard games. Tickets go on sale Dec. 16.

Garden Happy Hour
Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 19, April 30, May 7
5:30 p.m.
Special Admission Price
Celebrate the happiest of hours at the Garden with special offers for you, friends and family to swing back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the desert.

Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring Guillermo Penalosa
Feb. 3
Members: $20 | General: $25
Founder and chair of 80 Cities and the first Ambassador for World Urban Parks, Guillermo “Gil” Penalosa comes to the Garden to deliver his innovative vision to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all.

Corks & Cactus
Feb. 8-9
1 – 4:30 p.m.
Members: $40 | General: $45
Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of the Garden at Corks & Cactus, where boutique wines and desert beauty blend into a delightful event. Sample from 40 wines each day, enjoy music and purchase delicious fare. Tickets are on sale Nov. 15.

Music in the Garden
Feb. 7 – April 17 | Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Concert is 7 – 9 p.m.
May 1 – 29 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert is from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Members: $24.95 | General: $29.95
Feb. 14: Members: $29.95 | General: $34.95

Desert Botanical Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. These popular events feature some of the best local and regional musicians. Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop of mature saguaros and other desert plants, as audiences enjoy the sounds of favorite bands and discover new talent.

  • 7 | Big Pete Pearson Blues Band
  • 14 | Michael Reed & Company
  • 28 | Marmalade Skies
  • March 6 | Ioannis Goudelis Trio, featuring Eric Miller
  • March 13 | Kilted Spirit
  • March 20 | Sassy & The Sneak Attack
  • April 3 | Sahnas Brothers Band
  • April 10 | Blaise Lantana & Friends
  • April 17 | Cadillac Assembly Line
  • May 1 | Bohemian Insurgence
  • May 8 | Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns
  • May 15 | Walt Richardson & Friends
  • May 22 | Khani Cole
  • May 29 | Louis Landon Quartet

Garden Mixtape
Feb. 13, March 12, April 16
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Members: $24.95 | General: $29.95
Mix it up with your friends at Garden Mixtape, a new event series at the Garden. Enjoy danceable tunes from great local acts and surprise elements that will make your evening memorable. Sample seasonal craft beers with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company. Tickets are on sale Dec. 30.

Wild About Arizona
Feb. 15
Included with membership or paid Garden admission
Towering saguaros, watercolor sunsets, scurrying roadrunners and more—what’s not to love about the Grand Canyon State? Join the Garden on this special day to celebrate Arizona. Explore the Garden’s trails to find the creatures of Wild Rising by Cracking Art, storytelling, music, live animal ambassadors and Garden play activities.

Devour Culinary Classic
Feb. 22-23
Tasting Package: $105 | VIP Package: $205
The most-anticipated culinary event returns to the Garden. Devour Culinary Classic promises to present the very best that Arizona’s culinary scene has to offer with even more moments to connect with local culinary culture. Tickets are on sale Nov. 22.

Spring Plant Sale
Members’ Preview: March 20 | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General Public: March 21 | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 22 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Don’t let 30,000 plants intimidate you! Our on-site horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave or ornamental to plant in your own garden. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available. Volunteers and staff are available to offer advice, answer questions and assist in selections.

Agave on the Rocks
March 27
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tequila tasting from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Members: $70 | General: $75
Celebrate tequila, food and music through the Garden’s desert trails. Sip a refreshing margarita in a glowing glass, while tasting culinary treats prepared by some of the Valley’s tastiest restaurants and caterers. Tickets are on sale Dec.16. 

WHERE:  Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

 INFO:  For more information, call 480.941.1225 or purchase tickets at