Celebrate 75: It's a Garden Party!
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MST)
Join the Garden as we continue to celebrate our 75th Anniversary
with the gift of a free admission day for our entire community.
Explore our five unique trails, visit monarch butterflies in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, experience unique tours and behind-the-scenes experiences, and meet the colorful plant experts who make the Garden such a special place!
All activities offered 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Landscape and Gardening
Getting to Know Desert Soils
Visit our Center for Desert Living Trail, where visitors will get to touch soil and learn a few quick and simple tests to determine soil characteristics.
Pruning Tools: Selecting, Using, Maintaining and Sharpening
Visitors will learn how to select the best pruning tool for the job and how to get the best value when purchasing tools.
Vegetable Garden from Seed
10:30 a.m. AND 1:30 p.m.
In this hands-on demonstration, guests will learn how to start vegetables from seeds. Guests will take home their own planted seed. Limit 20, first come, first served.
10 Best Herbs
Join this informative tour on the ten best herbs to grow in your garden. Learn the essential tips for growing these “scent”-sational herbs.
Photography and Art
75 Years of Garden Memories
We want to hear about your memories at the Garden! Visitors can share their images or written memories on an interactive mural on display in Ottosen Gallery.
Food and Well-Being
Making Flour from Mesquite Beans
Visit the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail to see how a mortar and pestle are used to grind mesquite beans and learn of its many uses.
Edible Plants of Arizona
Visit our Center for Desert Living Trail and discover the many types of edible plants that are found in Arizona.
Explorations in Natural Sciences
Conservation Greenhouse Tours
Tours begin at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Join Garden conservation scientists in a behind the scenes tour showcasing the Garden’s efforts to care for and protect rare, threatened and endangered desert species. Learn the remarkable stories of these plants.
Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Desert Botanical Garden’s herbarium holds one of the world’s best collections of cacti and agave. Get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the herbarium.
Celebrating 75 years of Garden Research at Schilling Library
Enjoy a presentation showcasing 75 years of research at the Garden.
Education Through Travel and Adventure
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Experience the classic treasure hunt with a new twist. Using a GPS unit or smart device, test your navigational skills in the Garden to arrive at special stashes.
Children and Family Education
Children and Family Open House
Indoor and outdoor classroom space will be filled with hands-on, inquiry-based activities that highlight the programming for children and families at the Desert Botanical Garden.
When & Where
Desert Botanical Garden
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. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.