Nature-Based Resolution Ideas | Desert Botanical Garden


Hasta Luego, 2020

It’s no understatement that most folks are ready to say good riddance to 2020 and look forward to a happier and healthier 2021. Consider weaving nature into your commitments to 2021. Here are several nature-inspired New Year’s resolutions to consider.


  • Work hiking or outdoor activity into your exercise goals | Visit the Garden’s five trails, support CAZCA and explore Arizona’s open spaces, help the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project track biodiversity in the valley by participating in monthly ‘Ecoquest Challenges’ or bring the whole family on a nature hunt (link to old blog post).
  • Consider working in at least one plant-based meal each week | Need some ideas? Check out these desert-inspired recipes:
  • Raise a Wild Child | Unleash your inner Cactus Clubhouse by encouraging outdoor play every day. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty–navigating nature’s unexpected obstacles develops critical thinking skills, builds strength and boosts your kiddo’s confidence. Check out page 20 from the Garden’s Fall 2019 Sonoran Quarterly for details.
  • Pay it Forward | Give the gift of the Garden to a friend of family member who also could use a daily dose of nature. Your support also helps the Garden recover from its temporary closure and decrease the $1 million deficit this fiscal year.
  • Add Oxygen and Beauty to Your Space | As working from home becomes the new normal, consider balancing your indoor space with a new house plant or two. The Garden shop has a variety of lovely options.
  • Plan Ahead for a Springtime Face-Lift | March will be here before you know it. Start planning a new addition or refresh to your outdoor space–the Garden’s Spring Plant Sale is three months away! Bonus: explore how to work in native and low-water plants.
  • Unplug | Commit to stepping away from Zoom, social media, email and digital distractions each day to give your mind a much needed break. Go on a walk with your phone on ‘do not disturb’–observe how your senses absorb the sights, sounds and feelings. Or, treat yourself to a forest bath.
  • Get Your Eco-Consciousness On | Commit to at least one energy-efficient change to your home this year. Garden staff suggest: Switching to LED lightbulbs, planting trees for shade, swapping normal batteries with rechargeables, installing low-flow shower heads or faucets and unplugging unused appliances to reduce energy use.
  • Compost-haste | 2020 was a bit of a compost heap itself, so let’s use it as inspiration to transform kitchen waste into valuable nutrients for your garden. Need some help getting started? Look no further.
  • Get Creative | Re-visit some of the Garden’s nature-based artful activities and boost your creative energy.

The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail will be closed Nov. 28 - Dec. 1