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May 17, 2022

Phoenix, May. 17, 2022 – Summer vibes await at Desert Botanical Garden. Enjoy the last days of Chihuly in the Desert showcasing vibrant glass installations amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the desert. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to spend more time with family, exploring the desert at night, listening to live music and enjoying refreshing drinks with the desert as a backdrop. Plus, new this summer, help the Garden save the iconic saguaro by adventuring into the wild during our Saguaro Search.

Beginning, July 12 through Labor Day, Garden’s admissions prices are dropping for summer. All guests will enjoy $14.95 admission prices from open to close. Please note the Garden is closed July 4-11.

Included with membership or Garden admission

Chihuly in the Desert
Now – Jun. 19 | Included with membership or Garden admission
Chihuly in the Desert showcases Dale Chihuly’s stunning, large-scale installations nestled among the Garden’s world-class collection of desert plants. The dynamic exhibition features 11 installations on the Garden’s trails with a major indoor gallery at Dorrance Hall.


Dog Days at the Garden
May 22, 29 Jun. 5, 12 19, 26 | 7 – 10 a.m. | Included with membership or Garden admission
Back by pup-ular demand! Dog Days are a perfect op-paw-tunity to walk the trails, heel for photo ops and meet other dog lovers amid the beauty of the Garden. The last dog admission is 9:30-10 a.m.

Saguaro Search
Now – 31 | FREE
Desert Botanical Garden has launched a census of saguaro cactus growing in metro Phoenix to better understand the health and adaption of the Valley’s population. Help us count saguaros in your neighborhood.  This May, the community can help the Garden document saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) in the Valley through iNaturalist. Participants can share their observations on the app under the Saguaro Census project. An observation can include photos, a location and notes about the general health of the saguaro. Join the Census

Ballet Arizona: An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden
May. 17 – June 2 | 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $60

To purchase tickets, visit
From the choreographer that brought you new works such as Eroica, Topia and The Four Seasons – An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden promises a spectacular experience that is uniquely Arizonan. Inspired by the 2016 world premiere, Round, An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden revisits this unparalleled work with re-imagined choreography that embraces and showcases the vast natural backdrop of the desert.

Chihuly After Dark
Jun. 7 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Included with Garden Admission
Visit Desert Botanical Garden after dark and experience Chihuly in the Desert like never before. With colorful glass art, live entertainment, bars and snacks, all your senses will be immersed at Chihuly After Dark this spring.


Children and Family Summer Programs

Desert Kids Camp
June 7 – July 26 | Adults: Included with general admission Children: $24.95
Visit for more details

Spend time at the Garden this summer! Kids ages 3-12 and their caregivers can enjoy these summer drop-in experiences filled with music, activities, games and more all in the Garden’s outdoor classroom.
Sensory Science: July 13-15
Plant Power: July 19-22

8-10 a.m. | Ages 6-8
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ages 3-5
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Ages 9-12

Desert Kids Camp: On The Road
The Garden is headed to a school or community center near you. Garden educators will bring the wonders of Desert Botanical Garden onsite and immerse kids in desert-inspired stories, games and hands-on activities. Perfect for grades K-8.

$175 for 90 min. session for up to 30 participants
$150 for each consecutive block for up to 30 participants every 90 min.
$50 for Title I Schools
Any programs held outside of a 30-mile radius from Desert Botanical Garden will incur an additional fee of $3/mile

To inquiry, please contact Sharah Nieto

June 7 – 11 | Included with general admission
Desert Botanical Garden is excited to launch children’s storytime on various mornings this summer. Each day Garden instructors will read different nature-themed books that highlight the wonders of the desert. Perfect for kids 2 and younger and their caregivers. Included with general admission. Storytime will take place in Munson Outdoor Classroom from
8 – 9 a.m. on the following dates:

June 7-11, 14-18, 21-25 & 29 and July 1, 12-15 & 19-22

Desert at Dawn
July & August
Thursdays – Saturdays | Garden opens at 6 a.m.
Included with general admission
Allow yourself to be amazed by the spectacular view of a desert sunrise. Enjoy stunning views of saguaros bathed in early morning light, the sounds of nature and the peaceful sensation of the first hours of the day.

Sonoran Sippin’
Sundays, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23* | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Members: Adults $10.95 Children $7.95
General Admission: Adults $14.95 Children $9.95
Tickets on sale May 20
Sunsets. Saguaros. Summer Sippin’. Summers are on at the Garden. Bring your friends and family to enjoy Friday nights together with a complimentary welcome drink, live music, Garden strolls and more! This event is suitable for all ages.
*Sept. 23 – A higher special engagement admission ticket applies for this date

Flashlight Nights
Saturday Nights | Jul. 16 – Sep. 3| 7 – 10 p.m.
General Admission: Adults and children $14.95
Tickets on sale May 20
Grab your flashlight and get your glow on! Experience the desert after dark with hands-on activities, live dance, musical performances, cool treats, a farmers’ market and more. Perfect for a “cool” summer date night or family adventure. Dads receive FREE Garden admission with the purchase of any additional admission on June 18.

Events take place at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008. For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit 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 80 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.


The Garden, Garden Shop and Restaurants will be CLOSED July 1-7.