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A G u i d e to S p r i n G 2012 e ve ntS

Now through April 1 / 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Daily Dorrance Hall and Ottosen Gallery

Included with membership or paid Garden admission. See how raw materials from around the globe are harvested, shaped, molded and weaved into beautiful designs from nature. This world class exhibit features the works of leading designers and tells the stories of the people and places from which the objects originate. The exhibition encourages us to “consider the source” of the objects we use in our lives and to make sustainable choices. The exhibit features designs, products, video interviews with the designers and photography by acclaimed photojournalist Ami Vitale.

WildfloWerS At the GArden

Throughout Spring

Learn more at or

Visit the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail to experience a kaleidoscope of color as desert wildflowers bloom throughout the spring. Trail closes at sunset.

Co-presented with The Nature Conservancy.

Wildflower Tracking in Arizona

Lead Sponsor: Northern Trust; Green Choice Sponsor: APS; Powered by Sponsor: SRP; Lecture Series Sponsor: The Dorrance Family Foundation; Opening Reception: Walton Family Foundation; Sustainability Sponsor: First Solar; Media Sponsor: Cox Communications; Promotional Sponsor: Certified Folder Display

During the months of March and April, visit the Garden’s Wildflower InfoSite at to find out where to see this season’s displays of desert wildflowers around Arizona.

enTerTainmenT line-up February 16 Bolivia – Celebrate the tradition of Carnaval with a captivating musical performance by Porangui & Zang and SambAZ Dancers. February 23 Idaho – Learn the steps from a real square dance caller, and then relax to nostalgic old-time music from string band Pick & Holler.

Think Globally CelebraTe loCally

March 1

Costa Rica – Discover the many uses and benefits of cocoa with Wei of Chocolate, and then continue the feel good vibe with a Calypso performance by J.T.’s Island Steel.

March 8

Australia – Uncork a good time with a tasting and presentation of Australian wines followed by a neotribal performance by Drumming Sounds.

March 15

Alaska – Explore the animal world of the Pacific Northwest in an interactive program brought by The Phoenix Zoo. Native American music performance by Tony Duncan and Estun-bah.

March 22

World Celebration – Join DJ Miguel Ivery in celebrating world cultures through dance followed by the dynamic world music of Traveler.

Thursdays / 6 – 9 p.m.

Boppart Courtyard / Doors open at 6 p.m. Entertainment 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Exhibit open until 9 p.m. Members: $12 / General Public: $18 Avant-garden goes global in honor of the Design for a Living World exhibit. Each week Boppart Courtyard will be transformed into one of the destinations featured in the exhibit, complete with culturally unique cuisine and entertainment. Take advantage of this event to see the highlyanticipated exhibit after hours. A chef-attended special from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events will be available for an additional charge. A full cash bar is also available.

Visit for more information about each night’s theme. To PurchASe TickeTS: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

Sponsored in part by 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.

concert line-up MArch – MAy coNcerTS / 7 – 9 P.M. / DoorS oPeN AT 5:30 P.M. March 2

The Swingtips – Swing / Jazz

March 9

The DelRayz – Blues / Boogie

March 16

The Hey Boyz – Bluegrass / Country

March 23

Pete Pancrazi – Jazz Guitar / Bossa Nova

April 6

Big Nick and the Gila Monsters – Blues

April 13

Dennis Rowland – Jazz / R&B / Soul


Nature, Sound, Silence: John Cage – American Experimental Doors open at 6 pm. Concert begins in Ottosen Entry Garden and will progress to Ullman Terrace. All ages welcome for this date only. Co-sponsored by the ASU School of Music.

May 4

Domingo DeGrazia – Flamenco / Acoustic Guitar

May 11

Chele’ – Jazz / Soul

Members: $15 / General Public: $21

May 18

Pick & Holler – Old Time Appalachian

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of stellar talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides a chef-attended station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert with items for purchase from the café menu. A full cash bar and boutique wine bottle selection are also available for purchase.

May 25

Chris Burton Jácome – Flamenco Guitar / Latin

Spring 2012 concert Series / Fridays / ullman Terrace

To PurchASe TickeTS: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily) Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets are available. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more adults by calling 480 481.8104. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed. Must be 21 or older to attend. Proper identification is required for admission, and children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present, with the exception of Friday, April 20.

JuNe coNcerTS / 7:30 – 9:30 P.M. / DoorS oPeN AT 6 P.M. June 1

The Shri Blues Band – Blues

June 8

Crossing 32nd Street presents A Musical Tribute to The Who – Rock

June 15

Grupo Liberdade – Brazilian / World / Batucadad

June 22

The Sugar Thieves – Delta Blues

June 29

Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns – R&B / Blues

Sponsored in part by

17th AnnuAl


Butterfly exhiBit

ScottSdale artiSt league Spring paintout Saturdays / March 3, 10, 17, 24 / 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Throughout the Garden

Included with membership or paid Garden admission.

March 3 – May 13 / 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Daily Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion

Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday / March 31 / 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. AND April 1 / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stardust Foundation Plaza

Members: Free / General Public: $3.50 Children under three free with paid Garden admission

Artist Meet and Greet Saturday / March 31 / 4 – 6 p.m.

Take a stroll through the beautiful Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and find yourself surrounded by hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Watch as butterflies sip nectar from plants, perch in the sun, and if you are lucky, maybe even land on you. Special displays feature butterfly host plants and an activity tent where you can see these scaly-winged friends up close.

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League co-sponsor their 17th annual Spring Paintout. As visitors walk through the trails, they will come across 50 of Scottsdale Artists League’s best landscape painters capturing Garden scenes. All the artwork from the Paintout will be on display and for sale for the final weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund. For more information visit

Supported by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation.


plant Sale

Friday / March 30 / 6 – 10 p.m.

Garden Members Preview

Celebrate the essence of the margarita and the spirit of the southwest at the 10th Annual Agave on the Rocks at the Desert Botanical Garden.

open to the General Public

Do not miss gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, refreshing margaritas, and vibrant Latin rhythms with performances by: DJ Miguel Ivery, Fuerza Caribe, Grupo Liberdade, Ritmo Latino and Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta.

Friday / March 16 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday / March 17 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. AND Sunday / March 18 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale Festival is a one-stop extravaganza featuring the largest selection of arid-adapted plant material found anywhere in Arizona. We offer trees, shrubs, groundcover, herbs, perennials, cactus and succulents, for the beginner and the avid collector alike. Garden volunteers and horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selection, and offer garden advice. A used book sale with a wide variety of subjects is also offered, with all proceeds benefitting the Garden’s library. Specialized retailers offer gourmet food, pottery and garden accessories. No admission charge to enter the Spring Plant Sale. Sponsored by

Members: $55 / General Public: $60

SAve $10 – ACT NOW! Purchase tickets prior to March 9 and receive a $10 discount on the ticket price.

Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Event programming is subject to change. No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the Garden. No refunds, exchanges or rain dates. 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.

To PurchASe TickeTS: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

Sponsored in part by

CentrAl ArizonA

cactuS and Succulent Society ShoW and Sale Friday – Sunday / April 20 – 22 Friday and Saturday / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard

Included with membership or paid Garden admission. Expect to see amazing, beautiful and bizarre examples of cacti and succulents as members of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society display potted specimens of desert plants from around the world. The show includes a sale featuring plants and pots from southwestern growers and artists. For more information, go to

TOPIA Dance in the Desert May 2 – 5, 9 – 13*, 16 – 19, 23 – 26

Doors open at 6 p.m. / Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona present Topia, a ballet created specifically for the Garden by artistic director Ib Andersen. Topia premiers at the Garden on a larger-than-usual outdoor stage in the uniquely beautiful surroundings of the desert. Reserved Tables of Four $45 (per seat) / Garden Members and Ballet Subscribers $50 (per seat) / General Public General Seating $35 (per seat) / Garden Members and Ballet Subscribers $39 (per seat) / General Public Tickets can be purchased at the Ballet Arizona box office at 602 381.1096 or through Service fees apply. *

May 13 performance dedicated to Mother’s Day. visit for event details.


Oaxacan and Mata Ortiz Trunk Show

Located on Ullman Terrace, the outdoor Patio Café offers visitors a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or a snack.

Saturday and Sunday / March 31 and April 1 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Daily / Binns Wildflower Pavilion

Included with membership or paid Garden admission. The Garden presents a showing of Oaxacan wood carving and Mata Ortiz pottery with many styles available for purchase. Woodcarver Jacobo Angeles Ojeda, one of the finest woodcarvers of his generation, will demonstrate his work at the show. He draws from pre-Columbian Zapotec culture, designs and ancient motifs, creating intricately painted, whimsical and arresting works. The pottery of Jorge Quintana, one of the best potters of Mata Ortiz, also will be represented. He is known for his exquisitely symmetrical polychrome pots and the use of different minerals to color them.


8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily Note: These hours will change based on season.


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

Friday / May 11 / 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Spread the word and help raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship. Admission to the Garden and the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is free on National Public Gardens Day. Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is open 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Flashlight Tours Thursdays and Saturdays May 26 – September 1 / 7 p.m.

Included with membership or paid Garden admission. Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. The self-paced stroll along the main trail to 10 discovery stations is perfect for families and children of all ages. For additional information call 480 941.1225 or visit


$75 Senita Club membership • F ree annual admission for two adults and your children/grandchildren under 18 years • Two free, one-time use guest passes • Free admission to the seasonal butterfly exhibit • Reciprocal admission or discounts at more than 250 gardens, arboreta and conservatories • 10% off Garden Shop purchases • Plus, much more For a full list of benefits and membership levels visit

For information about your membership contact our Membership Helpline at 480 941.3517.

Get the latest info for the Garden at | 480 941.1225

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Keep children interested and engaged with activity sheets as you stroll through the Garden. Stop by the admissions entrance booths and ask about our Desert Detectives bingo games for ages three to eight or our Cacti Quest scavenger hunt for ages eight and older.

AcTiviTieS For chilDreN Daily / Year Round

Desert Botanical Garden is a privately funded non–profit organization. Proceeds from these events directly benefit the Garden’s environmental education, plant conservation and research programs.

MeMberShiP helPliNe: 480 941.3517


Permit No. 1269

Phoenix, Arizona


U.S. Postage


Spring 2012 Booklet  

Guide to Spring events at the Garden