Summer events and exhibits at the garden


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February 14, 2018

Phoenix, AZ – Temperatures may be raising in the desert, but the fun continues at Desert Botanical Garden with its dazzling array of exhibitions and events through the summer. The Garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians and vibrant dancers—all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants.

Exhibit entry is membership or paid General admission

Jun Kaneko
Through May 13

Uncover Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the Garden’s desert flora. Immerse yourself in imaginative color palettes, stand tall with the whimsical Tanukis and take a mindful moment among the installation of Kaneko’s iconic Dangos or round form series. Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist who specializes in large, hand-built, ceramic sculptures. His work has been featured in more than 40 major museum collections and shown in high-profile exhibitions and public art installations around the world.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Through May 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get an up-close look at hundreds of North American butterflies such as painted ladies, zebra longwings and giant swallowtails among the beautiful Garden grounds. Each week, 100 new pupae will be will be added to the exhibit. Plus, explore a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber.

John P. Schaefer’s Flowers & Form
Through May 20 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily
Patrons can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with John Schaefer’s “Flowers & Form.” Schaefer—who has distinguished himself as an esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer—has chosen cactus plants and flowers as his photographic muse.


Music in the Garden
Through June 23 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Concerts 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Members: $25 | General Public: $30. Attendees must be 21 or older
Desert Botanical Garden once again offers an exciting and diverse lineup of talented performers in the Spring Music in the Garden concert series. Enjoy performances from local bands on the always-stunning Garden setting. Check out our website for locations.  Sponsored by Pour Masters.

  • May 4: Cinco de Moio | Jazz
  • May 11: A Touch of Class | R&B and more
  • May 18: Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle | Jazz, contemporary
  • May 25: Sahnas Brothers Band | Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired fusion
  • June 1: Canyon Records Artists | Contemporary Native American performers
  • June 8: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good | Funky-folk, blues rock
  • June 15: QVLN | Latin-infused contemporary
  • June 22: AZ Dueling Pianos

Desert Night Cinema
May 10, June 14 | Doors open 6:30 p.m., Movie starts 7:45 p.m.

Members: $14 | General Public: $16
Roll-out your picnic blanket and enjoy silver screen hits under the desert night sky. Before the movie starts, watch live entertainment and participate in fun movie related activities. Purchase a bite to eat and a yummy drink while you sit back and watch your favorite stars in an unbeatable outdoor Garden setting.

National Cactus Day

May 10

Did you know that cactus are among the ve most threatened groups of living organisms in the world? Our Garden scientists are leading the way in the lab and in the field to address these issues. There is no better place to appreciate cactus than at the Garden, and visitors can celebrate National Cactus Day at the Garden with $5 off general admission using the promo code CACTUS.

National Public Garden Day

May 11

Visit the Garden on May 11 for National Public Garden Day, and receive $5 off general admission. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2008 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. Get your coupon at

An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden

May 15 – June 2

General Public: $40 | Standard Table: $60 | Premium Table: $80

Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to the Garden, presenting an all-new sensory experience choreographed by Ib Andersen. A presentation of movement and sound on a stage that embraces the desert, the Garden provides a stunning backdrop to pair with Andersen’s enchanting choreography.

Fund the Farm
May 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$100 per person
Celebrate the agricultural roots of south Phoenix through the work of Spaces of Opportunity at Fund the Farm. Progress is being made through this community initiative by the Garden to build this food desert into a thriving food oasis, including a farmers market, community farming and volunteer opportunities. You’re invited to a festive evening to celebrate accomplishments and opportunities ahead. Enjoy an exclusive performance by Las Cafeteras, a Chicano band from Los Angeles.

Flashlight Tours
Saturdays May 26 – Sept. 1 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Included with membership or Garden Admission
Flashlight Tours are sensory adventures to see, hear and feel how our desert nights shimmer. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self- paced trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and whisper in the desert after dark. Our nocturnal Garden explorers can experience a different adventure every night through activities promoting play, education and adventure.

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
Desert Botanical Garden features 50,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.