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September 20, 2019

Phoenix, Aug. 27, 2019 – Guests of Desert Botanical Garden have come to love its trails, events and exhibitions, but this fall season offers something wildly unexpected. Learn more about the Garden’s upcoming calendar of world-renowned art installations and festive events.

Exhibit entry is included in membership or paid general admission.

Mighty Monarchs
Sept. 21 – Nov. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mighty monarch butterflies return this fall. Experience a diverse kaleidoscope of butterflies from the Southwest, and discover the magnificence of the mighty monarch butterfly—from their amazing migration to the plants they need to survive.

Wild Rising by Cracking Art
Oct. 12 – May 10
The Garden’s newest exhibition, Wild Rising by Cracking Art, is traveling straight from Milan, with more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. Visitors of all ages will be drawn to engage with 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
Oct. 12 – May 10
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.

Oct. 25 – 26 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oct. 27 – Nov. 6 | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Garden continues its annual exhibition of Ofrenda, or “offering,” which is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. Ofrendas are created to remember and honor the memory of ancestors and loved ones that have passed. This year’s theme is: “Alebrijes y La Muerte.” The artists explore not only the visual concept of the Alebrije but also its origin and meaning as it applies to Mexican culture and the ever-evolving celebration of Día de Los Muertos.


Music in the Garden
Oct. 4 – Nov. 22 | Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Concerts 7 – 9 p.m.
*Sunday, Oct. 27 | Doors open at 4 p.m. | Concert from 5 – 7 p.m.
Members: $24.95 | General Public: $29.95. Attendees must be 21 or older.
The Garden presents a spectacular lineup of talent at the Music in the Garden fall concert series. Situated at the base of a butte, Ullman Terrace provides an unmatchable backdrop for audiences to enjoy the sounds of beloved favorites and discover new talent.

  • 4, The Sugar Thieves
  • 11, Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey
  • 18, Blue Bayou Show by Big Zephyr (SOLD OUT)
  • 27*, Traveler
  • 1, Guitarras Latinas
  • 8, Mother Road Trio
  • 15, Rose’s Pawnshop
  • 22, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters

Fall Plant Sale
Oct. 19 | 7 a.m. –  5 p.m.
Oct. 20 | 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale
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 answer questions, assist in selections and offer advice.

Strange Garden
Oct. 25-26 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Included with membership or paid Garden admission. Children under 3 are free.
Strange Garden is creeping back into the Garden, so join us to encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Stroll the trails to spot Villafane Studios pumpkin vignettes and Wild Rising glowing creatures. Dance until you drop with groovy ghouls at the spook-tacular monster bash. Kids, if you dare, come dressed to impress in your Halloween best. Children 12 and younger can pick the perfect pumpkin to take home.

Día de los Muertos Celebration
Nov. 2-3 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | La Procesión each day 5 – 6 p.m.
Included with membership or paid Garden admission
Celebrate the tradition of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with a two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling. Children will love the crafts and face painting, and the whole family will enjoy the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares. Each day ends with La Procesión, a procession through the Garden by all the performers and audience members, concluding with a traditional burning of troubles. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed.

Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Nov. 16 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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.

Chiles & Chocolate Festival
Nov. 8-10 | 10 a.m. – 5p.m.
Included with membership or paid Garden admission.
Chiles & Chocolate Festival is the ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy weekend. Sample and shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh, fire-roasted chiles and other handcrafted delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy live performances of Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean dance on Boppart Courtyard.

Las Noches de las Luminarias
Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 17-23, 26-31 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Visit for ticket information
Celebrate the spirit of the season with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Stroll the Garden’s trails lined with 8,000 flickering luminaria bags, gaze at twinkling lights and admire the enchanting glow of Wild Rising creatures. Happen upon tunes from eclectic entertainment groups and cherish the time spent with friends and family during the holiday season. 

La Posada
Dec. 17 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Processions at 6 & 8 p.m.
Celebrate the Mexican holiday tradition of La Posada at the Garden. Cherish the time spent with family and friends, join in the festivities of two singing processions through the Garden, break piñatas, and savor traditional food and drinks.

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

INFO:             For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit

About Desert Botanical Garden
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years in the Valley, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more.


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