A guide to fAll 2011 At the gArden
September 12, 2011 – January 1, 2012 / Garden HourS David Rogers’ Big Bugs, on display throughout the Garden, provides a look at insect predators, pollinators and beneficial critters. These 11 enormous, whimsical bugs have created quite a buzz! Sculptor David Rogers has carefully created these creatures from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark and other natural materials. The sculptures weigh from 300 to 1,200 pounds and range from seven feet to 25 feet long. Fun for kids of all ages! Presented by:
Supported by the ASU School of Life Sciences and Makerbench
SPECIAL PROGRAMS Pre-registration required
by Hugh Raffles tHurSday / october 6 / 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Members: $12 / General Public: $18
A fascinating evening with renowned author and anthropologist Hugh Raffles, with stories from his award winning book Insectopedia, exploring the ties that bind us to the insect world.
tHe BumBleBee Queen
Saturday / october 8 / 9 – 10 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.
Members: $25 per family (up to four people) / $5 additional person General Public: $30 per family (up to four people) / $7 additional person An award-winning children’s book author, April Pulley Sayre will present The Bumblebee Queen, which details the lifecycle of a bumblebee. Participants will receive one signed copy of her book and admission to see David Roger’s Big Bugs. Sponsored by Rebecca Ailes-Fine & Peter Fine.
tHe Life and timeS of a native bee WedneSday / october 26 / 7 – 8:30 p.m. Members: $12 / General Public: $18
Explore the intriguing world of Sonoran Desert native bees with popular author and scientist John Alcock.
ants – natuRe’s secRet
tHurSday / november 3 / 7 – 8:30 p.m. Members: $12 / General Public: $18
Acclaimed Arizona State University professor, researcher, and author Bert Hölldobler hosts a screening of his award-winning documentary film, taking us into the world of ants—the most dominant animal on earth.
to purcHaSe ticketS: • order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. – Sun.) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily) For more Big Bugs special programming visit dbg.org/bigbugs
Mariposa Monarca M O N A R C H B U T T E R F ly E x H i B i T September 24 – november 13 november 18 – 20 and 25 – 27 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion free for members and children under three. $3.50 for general public with paid Garden admission. Surround yourself with hundreds of live monarchs. learn about the life cycle and migration patterns of monarchs, the environmental threats it faces and conservation efforts.
participate in the tag and release prograM tHurSdayS / September 29 – november 10 / 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Members: $5 / General Public: $8.50 To Purchase Tickets visit dbg.org/monarchs or check with admissions for availability. Generously supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix and The Ferry Family Foundation in memory of Ernest S. and Virginia D. Ferry.
Monet’s giverny and other edens
PHOTOGRAPHS By RiCHARD NilSEN September 29 – november 13 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / daiLy Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall Art critic Richard Nilsen has spent 40 years photographing gardens around the world. His exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden highlights images from impressionist painter Claude Monet’s famous garden in Giverny, 40 miles outside Paris, along with images from a dozen other gardens, private and public, from around the United States and Europe. Want to critique the critic? visit dbg.org/monet to post your own review of this exhibit.
friday / September 30 / 6 – 10 p.m. Members: $55 / General Public: $60 Spend a masked evening under starry skies at Moonlight Masquerade, celebrating the spectacular David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit. Dress the part and wear bug or butterfly themed masks to this uniquely enchanting evening, and explore featured curiosities including creepy confections at various “Do you Dare” stations along the trails. Tickets include a cocktail upon arrival, fire shows, burlesque acts, high energy bands and gourmet catered cuisine by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. Along with savory food stations, local Valley dessert vendors will be providing small tastes of their fantastic confections. Full cash bars will be available. Casual party attire is encouraged. Visit dbg.org for entertainment information and full menu.
to purcHaSe ticketS: • order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. – Sun.) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily) Sponsored in part by aloft Hotel - Phoenix Airport, Classic Party Rentals, JJ’s Brownies, Phoenix Coca-Cola Bottling Company, FUZE, Latest Craze Productions, The Cake Lady, Butter & Me Cupcakery, Yellow Cab 480 888.8888. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. No outside food or beverage will be allowed into the venue. Programming subject to change. Advance ticket purchase recommended.
Photograph courtesy of Heather Kadar
The spectacular surroundings of the Garden are ideal for unique and beautiful weddings. large or small, the Garden is a “natural” choice for your dream wedding. dbg.org/weddings | 480 481.8159
Winner of Phoenix Best of Weddings “Wedding Venues” – The Knot
Stop by the Garden Shop, located near the Garden’s entrance, for unique gifts and plants that reflect the wonders of the Southwest. A full array of books, decorative and garden items, foods, jewelry, stationary and toys is available.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daiLy
located on Ullman Terrace, the outdoor Patio Café offers visitors a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or a snack.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daiLy Note: These hours will change based on season.
Fall plant sale Festival Garden memberS previeW: Friday / October 14 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
open to tHe GeneraL pubLic:
Saturday / October 15 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday / October 16 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. no admission charge to enter the plant sale. The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale Festival is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location. Garden volunteers and horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Specialty retailers offer pottery and other garden accessories. Stop by The Garden Shop and check out all the new merchandise. There is a fantastic selection of ceramic pots, art, glassware, bird houses, bird baths, prints and ironwork as well as all of your favorites. Visit dbg.org/plantsale for additional information.
the great puMpkin Festival tHurSday & friday / october 20 – 21 / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday & Sunday / october 22 – 23 / 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Take an authentic hayride out to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where each day children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment, carnival-style games, pony rides and much more!
activities and hayride are included with paid Garden admission. members are free and must show member id to be admitted. all children under 3 are free. Special thanks to the Pearson Family and Pearson & Company. Additional support from The Ferry Family Foundation in memory of Ernest S. and Virginia D. Ferry. Food concessions, Harvest Market items and pony rides are an additional charge. Programming subject to change.
dia de los Muertos celeBration The Garden is celebrating día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, with a variety of activities. Join us for this colorful tradition celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America and Mexico that honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting.
ofRenda – offerinG
october 21 – november 2 / 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. / daiLy Webster Auditorium included with paid Garden admission. members are free and must show member id to be admitted. Ofrenda, or Offering, is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and the favorite food and drink of those who have passed away. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. in Arizona, the making of portable Ofrendas to be displayed for exhibition has become an urban form of contemporary cultural expression. View Ofrenda installations by local and renowned artists. All installations are original pieces that have been created specifically for this exhibition.
dIa de los mueRtos Saturday and Sunday / october 29 – 30 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. included with paid Garden admission. members are free and must show member id to be admitted. Enjoy a weekend of entertainment that will bring the history of the holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. Experience the Desert Botanical Garden’s interactive altar honoring Día de los Muertos. Delicious food, pastries and beautiful art will be available for purchase in the Garden’s Mercado.
la pRocesIon – afternoon proceSSion Sunday / october 30 / 5 p.m. included with paid Garden admission. members are free and must show member id to be admitted. Día de los Muertos festivities at the Garden will culminate with La Procesión (The Procession). The ancient indigenous tradition of marching as a community to ancestral burial sites honors those who have gone before us. La Procesión will express the holiday’s rich cultural legacy with vibrant color, deep symbolism, pageantry and a blend of music and dance.
masteRs of oaxaca The Garden is pleased to present its first “Masters of Oaxaca” program which will showcase expert wood carving artists from Oaxaca. This program will be held in October at the Garden as part of our annual Día de los Muertos celebration to be held on October 29 and 30. This artist-in-residence program will allow Garden guests the opportunity to observe talented artists demonstrating their artwork and to learn through hands-on workshops. The artists will also take part in community outreach programs and have their artwork featured at the Garden’s Mercado.
Supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix. This program is a Showcase Event of the CALA Festival, Celebración Artística de las Américas, a bi-annual festival to create shared arts experiences that encourage cultural understanding between people of the Americas.
cuisine and culture OF DIA De LO S MueRTO S tHurSday / october 27 / 6 – 8 p.m. Dorrance Hall / Members: $50 / General Public: $62 featuring celebrated Barrio café owner silvana salcido esparza and esteemed multimedia artist and community arts advocate Zarco Guerrero. This interactive experience fuses cultural tradition and shows the important role that food and drink play in the holiday. The evening features a presentation on the history of Día de los Muertos given by Zarco Guerrero followed by a meal prepared by Silvana Salcido Esparza and Barrio Café staff. Guests will receive a margarita upon arrival. Cash bar available serving beer, wine and margaritas.
to purcHaSe ticketS: • order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. – Sun.) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily) Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. Programming subject to change.
Big Bug Brunch Saturday or Sunday / november 5 or november 6 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard Members: Adults: $35, Children: $30 General Public: Adults: $40, Children: $35 Take part in a cheerful celebration of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit. Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast by Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events followed by children’s crafts, activities and entertainment. All guests are encouraged to explore the larger-than-life bug sculptures along the trails and will receive admission into the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Each child will be able to wear and take home a pair of bug-themed antennae. Open seating. Tickets are limited. Advance ticket purchase required. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased. Programming subject to change.
chiles and chocolate friday – Sunday / november 11 – 13 / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. included with paid Garden admission. members are free and must show member id to be admitted. Delight your taste buds with indulgent gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas and other unique southwestern treats while enjoying live music. All items will be available for purchase from local Valley vendors. Make sure to stop by our roasting station and pick up some freshly fire-roasted green chiles. Spice doesn’t apply solely to food! Be sure to stop by Boppart stage for hot latin beats by DJ Miguel ivery and fiery dance performances throughout the day. Visit dbg.org for entertainment details and vendor list. Programming subject to change.
las noches de las luMinarias Presented by T he A rizona r epublic The Valley’s best holiday event comes to life at the Garden with more than 8,000 handlit luminaria bags and 10 musical groups performing nightly. Luminaria offers guests a choice of 22 nights in December, including dates between Christmas and New year’s Eve. Visit dbg.org for additional event information. hours:
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Member Preview General Public
Members: Adults $20, Children $10 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are admitted free. (Tickets on sale to Members September 9)
December 1, 2, 3, 4 December 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
general public: Adults $25, Children $12.50 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are admitted free. (Tickets on sale to General Public September 23)
to purcHaSe ticketS: • order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. – Sun.) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily) For 25 or more tickets call 480 481.8104. Ask about private group dining options. Group discount will apply. Sponsored in part by Entertainment powered by
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Big Bugs in the Garden images: Garden photo by Adam Rodriguez, Praying Mantis photo courtesy of Glenwood Garden, Photoshop by PS Studios.
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All Fab Fall activities are free with membership or paid Garden admission and unless otherwise noted are subject to change.
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