DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN ANNOUNCES SUMMER ACTIVITIES AND DISCOUNTED PRICINGMarch 20, 2023
Rediscover the desert this summer with a variety of experiences happening at Desert Botanical Garden. Stroll through the Garden trails with your friends and family while enjoying refreshing fun drinks and live music, be amazed by night-blooming cactus, capture picture-perfect sunsets and surround yourself with the abundant beauty of the Garden. The Garden also offers summer camps for young explorers looking to have a great time and satisfy their curiosity about the natural world.
Beginning, June 1 through Sept. 4, Garden’s admission prices are dropping for summer. All guests will enjoy $16.95 admission from open to close. Please note the Garden is closed July 1-7.
Included with membership or Garden admission
Playing with Stars by Rotraut
Now-May 14 | Included with membership or Garden admission
The bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut will enliven the Garden trails while a selection of her paintings and small sculpture fill the Ottosen Gallery. Known around the world, and based in Arizona, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun and universe.
Now-May 14 | 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission
Families can get an up-close and unforgettable experience when more than 2,000 native Southwestern butterflies return for the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Get acquainted with thousands of butterflies, observe each stage of their life cycle and learn what actions we can take to protect them.
Dog Days at the Garden
Select Saturdays, Now-May 27 (excluding April 22) | March and April 8-11 a.m., May 7-10 a.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission
Paws up for Dog Days at the Garden! Explore the trails with your pup, smell the spring wildflowers and pose for photos on Saturday mornings.
Mother’s Day in the Garden
May 14| 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission. Moms free with a paid admission, use promo code MOMS23
Celebrate the moms in your life with a botanical good time! The Garden will offer a day to remember with complimentary photo opps, live entertainment, the Spring Butterfly Exhibit and more!
Candles, Cocktails and Cactus
May 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Members $71.95 General admission $81.95
Get creative this Mother’s Day weekend with this two-person interactive botanical candle making experience, enjoy one complimentary mimosa per guest as you create and explore the beauty of spring at the Garden. Guests must be 21+. A nonalcoholic options is also available. Garden admission is included with class purchase.
Bouquets and Mimosas for Mom
May 14 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Members $71.95 General admission $81.95
Celebrate a Mom in your life by creating a beautiful floral arrangement as you enjoy one mimosa per guest and all the Mother’s Day experiences around the Garden. Guests must be 21+. A nonalcoholic option is also available. Garden admission is included with class purchase.
The Rite of Spring by Ballet Arizona
May 16-June 3 | Tuesdays through Saturdays 8 p.m. | To purchase tickets, visit balletaz.org
Join us for the highly anticipated world premiere of The Rite of Spring by Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Stravinsky’s iconic score, Andersen’s critically-acclaimed choreography and the backdrop of the Papago Buttes at sunset is an event not to be missed. Get your tickets today, before they sell out!
Storytime (Ages 0 – 5)
May 26 | June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | July 14, 21, 28 | Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25
Included with membership or Garden admission
Let’s grow with books! Join our children education associates as they guide children ages 0-5 and their caregivers through weekly themed stories, songs, and playtime surrounding the garden and desert. Program is included with admission.
$250 members, $295 non-members, Early Bird Price for all $250
Last day for Early Bird Price for June camps is May 8
Last day for early bird pricing for July camps is May 31
Desert Adventure Camp (Ages 8 – 12)
June 5-8, July 17-20| $250 members, $295 non-members, Early Bird Price for all $250
Join us for desert survival camp and learn how to be desert smart around plants, creatures and when you partake in desert adventures. Camp includes animal encounters and behind-the-scenes Garden adventures.
Four Days, Four Trails (Ages 8 – 12)
June 12-15, July 24-27 | $250 members, $295 non-members, Early Bird Price for all $250
During this week’s camp explore four trails in four days! Discover the Garden’s desert plants and animals through nature play, science experiments and art projects. Each participant will also create a mini garden to take home!
Landscape Photography (Ages 13 – 18)
June 26 – 29 | $250 members, $295 non-members, Early Bird Price for all $250
Love photography and want to learn more? Explore the fundamentals of photography right from your phone, from composition to shutter speeds to editing. With the Garden’s fantastic plants and wildlife as your inspiration, you’ll get the perfect shots for social media or hone your skills for a future career. Experiment with digital photography, lumen prints and cyanotypes.
June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 | 6-9 p.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission
Heat up a summer full of fun at the Garden. Gather your family and friends each month on the second Friday nights for refreshing welcome drinks, live music, pop-up activities, Garden strolls and more! All ages are welcome.
June 3-Sept. 2 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission ( excludes July 1)
Make summer shine at Flashlight Nights. Bring a flashlight and enjoy the Garden after dark with performances, cool treats, hands-on activities and creature features.
June 17 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Dads free with a paid admission, use promo code DAD23
Celebrate the rad dads in your life at Flashlight Nights on June 17. Dads get in free with a paid child admission. The Garden will have free popsicles for the dads! Plus, enjoy the Garden at night with the entire family at Flashlight Nights.
June 19 | TIMES TBD | Included with Garden Admission
Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth at the Garden. Stroll through the trails to enjoy a day filled with activities that celebrate Black culture and traditions.
Events take place at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008. For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit dbg.org. Events are for all ages unless otherwise noted. Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
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 for more than 84 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events and so much more.