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    Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit at the Marshall Butterfly PavilionSeptember 25 November 14 / 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. / Daily Free for members and children under 3. $3.50 for General Public with paid Garden admission.

    Come surround yourself with hundreds of live monarchs at Mariposa Monarca. This engaging exhibit features interpretive displays about the life cycle, migration patterns, environmental threats and conservation efforts of the monarch butterfly.

    A tagging demonstration will be held each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Southwest Monarch Study, a research project that tracks the migratory patterns of monarchs across Arizona. Tagging demonstrations require a reservation. Please email monarchs@dbg.org or call 480-481-8128. Reservations will be accepted beginning September 26.

    Generously sponsored by The Steel Foundation with support from The Ferry Family Foundation in memory of Ernest S. and Virginia D. Ferry.

    Gwynn Popovac: BioMythic MasksOctober 1, 2010 - January 2, 2011 Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily

    Artist Gwynn Popovacs biomythic masks will be on display in Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall from October 1 through January 2. Each mask blends the textures, shapes and hues of natural habitats such as deserts, wetlands and tide pools with human features. These intricate three dimensional masks incorporate a variety of man-made and found objects such as wire, plaster, beads, fabric and stones.

    Generously sponsored by Carol DuVal Whiteman

  • daily and weekly activities

    register nowDesert Landscaper Certification ProgramSecure your seat by registering now. Classes start September 7, 2010.

    Open House August 12 / 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    For more information: check dbg.org/desertlandscaperschool and register online, or call Rebecca at 480-481-8161 or Jaime Toledano at 480-481-8169 (Spanish language information).


    Garden ToursDaily / October 1 May 8

    Can you drink water from a cactus? Do century plants really live 100 years? Get your burning questions answered on this docent-led tour and see why our desert plant collection is world-renowned. You will discover how plants survive, and even thrive, under the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Bring your camera and water, and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

    Birds in the GardenMondays / September / 7 a.m. Mondays / October November / 8 a.m. Second Saturdays / October November / 8 a.m.

    Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including first-time birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

    Ask a GardenerSaturdays and Sundays / October November 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

    Want ideas for creating year-round color in your yard and conserving water in the desert? Drop by our Ask a Gardener station where knowledgeable volunteers can help with your gardening questions.

    Audio ToursFree for Members / $3 General Public

    These lighthearted, fun and informative tours bring alive our collections of plants along the Desert Discovery Trail. Adult or family audio presentations are another great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Garden.

    Group Tours and ActivitiesAvailable at a time and date of your choice

    We offer special discounts and customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Join us for team building, education and entertainment offerings, including private guided tours, planting activities, southwestern cooking demonstrations and flashlight tours. Ask about our Native American tour package that includes a boxed lunch and visits to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum. Call 480-481-8104 or go to dbg.org/groupsales for pricing and more information.

    garden meetingsArizona Native Plant Society MeetingTuesdays / September 14, October 12, November 9 7 9 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcomeThe Arizona Native Plant Society provides information, fosters appreciation of, and helps protect Arizonas native plants. The Phoenix chapter emphasizes Sonoran Desert plants. Call Doug Green at 480-998-5638 for more information.

    Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society MeetingSundays / August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28 / 2 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcome The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society encourages the appreciation, study and growing of cacti and other succulents. Each meeting features a program about aspects of these fabulous plants. Call Judy Braun-Brody at 480-481-8129 for more information.

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    Fall Plant Sale FestivalOctober 15 17 Garden Members Preview: Friday / October 15 / 7 a.m. 5 p.m.

    Open to the General Public: Saturday / October 16 / 7 a.m. 5 p.m. AND Sunday / October 17 / 9 a.m. 5 p.m.

    No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant SaleThe 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 all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. There is also a used book sale offering a wide variety of subjects with all proceeds benefiting the Gardens library. (Book donations are accepted at Garden Admissions. Sorry, no magazines.) Specialty retailers offer pottery and other garden accessories.

    Beer GardenFriday / September 24 / 6 10 p.m.Explore your inner beer connoisseur at Beer Garden, where you can sip, savor and discuss some of the finest craft beers in Arizona and beyond. The Desert Botanical Garden provides an exquisite backdrop for you to sample a selection of premier brews along the Garden trails. Live music ensembles throughout the Garden set the tone of a vintage urban lounge with a hint of Bavarian influence. Beer Garden offers an experience that is refined and relaxed. Enjoy a Friday evening in good company amidst our renowned collection of desert plants.

    An optional German-influenced dinner in the Gardens Munich-inspired Beer Hall will be offered for an additional charge. Concession items will also be available for purchase along trails. Meal and concessions are provided by Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events. For full menu, details and tickets, go to dbg.org/beergarden.

    Beer Garden Ticket:Member: $50 / General Public: $55Purchase tickets prior to September 10 and receive $5 off the ticket price.

    Optional Dinner Ticket: $25 (Beer Garden ticket required) It is recommended that you purchase meal tickets in advance online or at the Admission Box Office. Dining located in Dorrance Hall.

    To Purchase Tickets: Order online at dbg.org Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday Friday) Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. 8 p.m. daily)

    Beer Garden is a 21 or older event; proper identification will be required to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if parent or guardian is present.

    All Garden activities are subject to change.

    Sponsored in part by

  • Da de los Muertos CelebrationSaturday and Sunday October 30 and October 31 / 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Included with paid Garden admission. Members are free and must show Member ID to be admitted.Come to the Garden for Day of the Dead, or Da de los Muertos, a colorful tradition celebrated throughout Mexico, Latin America and the American Southwest that honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting. Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of the holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. Experience the Desert Botanical Gardens interactive altar honoring Da de los Muertos, the Gardens past and present and the act of gardening itself. Delicious Mexican food, pastries and beautiful Mexican art will be available for purchase in the Gardens Mercado. To enhance your experience and understanding of Da de los Muertos, the Garden is offering the following special events:

    Ofrenda OfferingOctober 21 November 2 / 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Daily Included with paid Garden admission. Members are free and must show Member ID to be admitted.Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Da de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors. 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. These altars recently have been made to address social issues and as memorials to victims of violence. Expand your knowledge of Da de los Muertos through the beauty and creativity of Ofrenda installations by 10 local and renowned artists. All installations are original pieces that have been created specifically for this exhibition.

    Cuisine and Culture of Da de los MuertosFeaturing celebrated Barrio Caf owner, Silvana Salcido Esparza and esteemed multimedia artist and community arts advocate, Zarco Guerrero.

    Thursday / October 28 / 6 8 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55Da de los Muertos is a holiday honoring our lost loved ones. This tradition is a way to enjoy memories of ancestors by celebrating their favorite foods, music, pastimes and accomplishments. Cuisine and Culture of Da de los Muertos provides an interactive experience that fuses the cultural traditions with the important role cuisine plays in t


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