Desert Botanical Garden Research & Conservation Center

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Working to Save Desert Plants and Habitats since 1939

Since 1939, Desert Botanical Garden has served as a global leader in the research and conservation of desert plants and their habitats. Today, Research & Conservation staff at the Garden collaborates with academic, research and conservation groups across seven countries and four continents. The work being done is leading to the discoveries of new plant species, conservation of threatened and endangered species and identifying emerging threats such as climate change to invasive species and the desert habitats throughout the world.

Saving Desert of Cactus Plants
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GARDEN SCIENTISTS ARE FULFILLING OUR MISSION THROUGH PROJECTS IN ARID REGIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

DBG RC Programs Hazel Hare Center

Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science

The 85,000-square-foot Center is where Garden staff, researchers and volunteers are at work growing, studying and taking care of a world-class collection of desert plants. Many of these species are rare and endangered.

Living Collection

The Garden has more than 25,000 accessioned plants that represent more than 4,200 taxa in more than 100 plant families. It boasts many varieties of cactus (cactaceae), agaves (agavaceae), aloes (aloaceae) and other flora of the Sonoran Desert and deserts of the world.

Living Collections of Cactus Plants
Rare Endangered desert plant species

Rare and Endangered

A collection of nearly 400 rare, threatened or endangered desert plant species. The Garden maintains 52 rare species as part of the National Collection of Endangered Plants, in cooperation with the Center for Plant Conservation. Additionally, the Garden’s seed bank of desert species stores frozen seeds and pollen of rare plants.

The Garden is a proud member and partner of national and international organizations dedicated to research and conservation of life on our planet.

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The Garden closes every day in December at 4 p.m. and reopens at 5:30 p.m. for Luminaria. Please note on Dec. 1, the Garden closes at noon for a private event.