The Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Hours of operation 8am-8pm, 7am for members Wed & Sun

The Desert Botanical Garden has been a Phoenix attraction since it was established in 1939. Located on 140 acres in Papago Park (a municipal park boardered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe), it is next to the Phoenix Zoo.

Admission to the Botanical Garden is Adults: $18, Seniors: $15, Students"$10, Children: $8, and under 3 years old is free. The second Tuesday of every month is free admission from 1pm-8pm. A few tips - wear comfy shoes, many trails are unpaved. Dress for the weather, put on sunscreen, and drink plenty of water!

If just looking at cactus can amuse you for hours, the gardens do have more than 21,000 different plants. For the rest of us, there are several upcoming events that make a visit to the gardens worth it. The event that hooked me originally was called "Agave on the Rocks" because one of my favorite Arizona bands - Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (previously The Refreshments) was playing and introducing his "Mexican Moonshine" tequila label. The event had different Mexican food and Mexican moonshine margarita stations throughout the garden so you could enjoy the scenery as you snack and socialize before the show.

Now through Thanksgiving, the Desert Botanical Garden will be featuring an Avant-Garden event series featuring food, art, and music:
Oct 6 - Avant-Garden: Hail the Ale! ($18) - Four Peaks gives their knowledge and craft to this October Fest event featuring Arizona beers (flights available for purchase). Learn proper beer enjoyment as you snack on bratwurst ($6.50), Kielbasa ($7.50), and pretzels ($4.50). Bad Cactus Brass Band will provide a toe tapping good time, so practice your polka!

Oct 13 - Avant-Garden: In Bloom ($18) - Sip on Razzmatazz Cosmopolitans or $5 glasses of house wine as you view designs from Scottsdale Fashion Market local designers and enjoy the Indie Rock sounds of Covela as you sample Parisienne style grilled salmon ($14) or cheese trays ($15).

Oct 27 - Avant-Garden: A Spirited Evening ($18) - Enjoy a lighthearted evening of improv comedy in the gardens with the Jester'z Improv Comedy and local R&B music from Banana Gun. In the spirit of Halloween, you can sip on Spider Bites, Wine ($5), Witches Cauldron Pot Pie ($12), and Tombstone Tiramisu ($5) as you laugh the night away.

Nov 3 - Avant-Garden: Stop, Cook, and Listen ($18) - Learn to incorporate fresh herbs from the Desert Botanical Garden and dine on Lemon Rosemary Chicken ($12) or sip Crispin Cider as you enjoy the Bluegrass sound of Hurt County.

Nov 10 - Avant-Garden:Toast the Taste ($18) - Chocolate and Wine, need I say more? Prepare yourself for the holidays by learning the "proper" way to taste chocolate for the best experience. Explore organic wines, sip on a Chocolatini and dine on a Chile Trio Sampler ($12) or cheese trays ($15). FourWayFree's acoustic rock vibes are a great end to two of my favorite things!

Also this winter, indulge you and your child's inner entomologist with David Roger's Big Bug Exhibit (now - Jan 1). These 11 giant sized bug sculptures are scattered throughout the gardens, and range from 7-25 feet long/300-1200 pounds! The fun continues with a Monarch butterfly exhibit (now - Nov 27) and a monarch tag and release (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10). Kids can also enjoy big bug movie nights:

Oct 8 - Charlotte's Web
Oct 15 - A Bug's Life
Nov 2 - The Fly (1958 Version)
Nov 9 - Beetlejuice
Nov 16th - Arachnophobia

Other noteworthy upcoming Desert Botanical Garden Events:

Nov 11-13 - Chilies & Chocolate - This weekend festival allows you to sample various dishes (ranging $2.25 - $8) at 3 different stations around the Desert Botanical Garden. Spicy latin dance beats will be provided by DJ Miguel Ivery along with dance performances during the day.

Dec 1-30 - Las Noches De Las Luminarias ($25) - For 22 nights during the month of December, come experience the Desert Botanical Garden illuminated by 8,000 luminaria bags. Enjoy hot chocolate and Apple Cider as you travel between 10 different musical performers. A handbell ensemble that allows audience participation will get you in the holiday spirit.

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