Desert Botanical Garden Mission & Vision


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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 Sonoran Desert.  We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.


Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum of over 50,000 plants representing more than 4,000 different species. Complementary to our diverse plant species, our workforce consists of staff members of different ethnicities, genders, colors, ages, races, religions, abilities, national origins, gender identities and sexual orientations. Desert Botanical Garden strives to give respect and value to cultural and individual differences that allow our employees to be successful by embracing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA). Desert Botanical Garden ensures IDEA by providing an environment in which everyone feels welcome, engaged and valued. Our goal is to represent the community we serve by embedding inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility throughout Desert Botanical Garden. 

Vision Statement

The Garden’s vision is to be the premier center in the world for the exhibition, research and conservation of desert plants. The Garden strives to be an indispensable resource for learning about cactus, agave and other desert plants of the Sonoran Desert and the world. Every element of the Garden reflects excellence, beauty and inspiration to transform the guest experience into one of discovery. The Garden is here to help everyone enjoy the beauty of the desert and to help them care about protecting and sustaining the natural world for the benefit of future generations.

Core Values


To protect and preserve desert plants, animals and habitats.


To respect the mutual destinies that link people, plants and all of nature.


To reflect the Sonoran Desert’s unique natural heritage and cultural history within a public garden setting.


To act ethically and responsibly as we serve our many communities.

To support our mission, please consider making a donation today
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