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Special events, classes and trip



    Special events, classes and trips

    MARAPRMAYcalendar 2011

  • exhibits


    A Desert Illuminated John Schaefer Photography ExhibitFebruary 25 May 27 / 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall A Desert Illuminated photography exhibit features 30 photographs of cactus flowers of the Sonoran Desert by John Schaefer. These stunning macro photographs are wrapped in the visual and contextual embrace of a Renaissance-era illuminated manuscript that connects science and art. Schaefer, president emeritus of University of Arizona, is a talented photographer who, with Ansel Adams, established the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He is the author of three popular books on photographic techniques, and his photographs have been featured in Arizona Highways, among other publications. Exhibit generously sponsored by Carol DuVal Whiteman.

    John Schaefers Illuminated Desert Spend an evening with John Schaefer as he shares photos and stories behind A Desert Illuminated, the Gardens newest exhibit, a stunning collection of photographs of Sonoran Desert cactus flowers. Schaefer is a former president of University of Arizona who, with famed photographer Ansel Adams, founded the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Question and answer session will follow the talk.

    Wednesday / March 16 / 7 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $15 / General Public: $19

    To Purchase Tickets: Orderonlineatdbg.org Call480481.8188(8a.m.-5p.m.MondayFriday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends) VisittheAdmissionsBoxOffice(8a.m.-8p.m.daily)

    Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly PavilionPresented by Wells FargoTakeastrollthroughthebeautifulMarshallButterflyPavilion and surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Watch as butterflies sip nectar from plants and perch in the sun. If you are lucky, one might even land on you! Our special display areas feature butterfly host plants and an activity tent where you can see our scaly-winged friends up close. Additional support provided by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation.

    March 5 May 8 / 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Members: Free / General Public: $3.50 Children under three free with paid Garden admission

    Ludvic: Steel Jam Session in the Garden Through May 30 / Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail This whimsical sculpture exhibit by local artist Ludvic highlights ten works from his Steel Jam Session series. Ludvic uses materials he finds in junkyardssteel, car parts, toolsand gathers and reworks them into lively, impromptu compositions. Ludvic reassembles, reshapes, sandblasts and paints these improbable materials to create fun and vibrant sculptures.

  • daily and weekly activities


    Ask a GardenerSaturdays and Sundays / March April 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 PublicLighthearted, fun and informative tours bring alive our collections of plants along the Desert Discovery Loop 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 choiceWe 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 visitstoboththeDesertBotanicalGardenandtheHeardMuseum. Call 480 481.8104 or go to dbg.org/groupsales for pricing and more information.

    Included with membership or admission

    Garden ToursDaily / October 1 May 8Can 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 oftheSonoranDesert.Bringyourcameraandwater,andwear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

    Birds in the GardenMondays March April / 8 a.m.Second Saturdays March April / 8 a.m.Mondays / May / 7 a.m.Second Saturdays May / 7 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.

    Arizona Native Plant Society MeetingTuesdays / March 8, April 12, May 10 / 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 Michael Plagens at 602 459.5224 for more information.

    Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society MeetingSundays / March 27, April 24, May 29 / 2 p.m.Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcomeThe 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. Visit centralarizonacactus.org for more information.

    Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show and SaleFriday-Sunday / April 1 - 3 / Dorrance HallFriday-Saturday / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.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. There will also be a sale at the show featuring plants and pots from southwestern growers and artists. For more information, go to centralarizonacactus.org or call 480 838.5094.

    Garden Members Annual MeetingThursday / May 19 / 5 - 7 p.m. / Dorrance HallPlease join us for the Garden Members Annual Meeting, which includes a business meeting and the recognition of retiring and introduction of new board members.

    garden meetings

  • special eventsSpring Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series 2011The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of spectacular talent to the Music in the Garden concert series. Situated at the base of a stunning saguaro-lined butte, Music in the Garden pairs great live bands with the most enchanting venue in the Valley.

    Enhance your evening with a gourmet meal or spirited drink. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides a chef-attended station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Caf will also be open during the concert with items for purchase from the caf menu. A full cash bar, wine flights and wine by the bottle are available for purchase.

    BACKBYPOPULARDEMAND! Dance under the stars on our professional ballroom dance floor.

    Fridays / Ullman Terrace Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Members: $15 / General Public: $21

    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: Orderonlineatdbg.org Call480481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends) VisittheAdmissionsBoxOffice (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

    Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets are available. Advance 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.

    Sponsored in part by:

    Spring 2011 Line-up7 - 9 p.m. March 4 Chele Jazz/Lounge/SoulMarch 11 The Brazen Heads Celtic Rock/IrishMarch 18 Bata Ire Latin/Soul/FunkApril 1 Domingo DeGrazia Flamenco/Spanish GuitarApril 8 Leila Lopez Americana/FolkApril 22 Dennis Rowland Jazz/R&B/SoulApril 29 Dry River Yacht Club Gypsy Fusion/Indie OrchestraMay 6 Big Nick & the Gila Monsters BluesMay 13 Cosmos Mediterranean/World Beat Complimentary debut album for each guestMay 20 The Bad Cactus Brass Band New Orleans Jazz/FunkMay 27 Adam Clark Trio featuring Nicole Pesce Jazz/Lounge

    7:30 - 9:30 p.m.June 3 Pete Pancrazi Jazz Guitar/Bossa NovaJune 10 Hot Birds & the Chili Sauce Soul/Memphis BluesJune 17 The DelRayz featuring members of Sistah Blue/Blues/BoogieJune 24 The Sugar Thieves Delta Blues/Americana



    Breakfast with the Butterflies Saturday OR Sunday / March 12 OR March 1310 a.m. - 12 p.m.Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard Take part in a colorful celebration centering around the SpringButterflyExhibit.Enjoyadelightfulbreakfastcatered by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events followed by childrens crafts, activities, face painting, balloon twisting and entertainment. All guests will receive admission into the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall ButterflyPavilion.Childrenwillreceivetheirownpairofbutterfly wings to wear and take home. All children (and children at heart) are welcome.

    Open seating. Tickets are limited. Advance ticket purchase required. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased.

    Members: Adults: $35 / Children: $30 General Public: Adults: $40 / Children: $35

    To Purchase Tickets: Orderonlineatdbg.org Call480481.8188(8a.m.-5p.m.MondayFriday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends) VisittheAdmissionsBoxOffice(8a.m.-8p.m.daily)

    Oaxacan and Mata Ortiz Trunk ShowSunday and Monday / April 3 and 4 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Daily / Wildflower PavilionThe Garden presents a showing of Oaxacan wood carving and Mata Ortiz pottery with hundreds of pieces in a variety of styles available for purchase. In addition, two artistsone a woodcarver and the other a potterwill be demonstrating their work on site. Jacobo Angeles Ojeda is considered one of the finest woodcarvers of his generation. He draws from pre-Columbian Zapotec culture, designs and ancient motifs. His work is intricately painted, whimsical and arresting. Jorge Quintana, coauthor of the book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, is considered to be one of the best potters of Mata Ortiz. He is known for his exquisitely symmetrical polychrome pots and also for his experimentation with the use of different minerals to color his pots.

    avant-garden sip.shop.savorThursday nights / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $10 / General Public: $15avant-garden presents the sights, sounds and flavors of Phoenix. Each week, different unique aspects of our community are showcased against the backdrop ofthebeautifulDesertBotanicalGarden.Fashion,art,music and cuisine come together to create an event like no other.

    Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides meals for an additional charge. A full cash bar is also available.

    Check out dbg.org for more information on each nights theme.

    March 10 Rock the CasbahMarch 17 Green is GoodMarch 31 Word of MouthApril 7 Urban RenewalApril 14 Fashion ForwardApril 21 Eat, Drink & Be MerryApril 28 Life is a CabaretMay 5 Roots & RecreationMay 12 Saucy Little Number

    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: Orderonlineatdbg.org Call480481.8188(8a.m.-5p.m.MondayFriday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends) VisittheAdmissionsBoxOffice(8a.m.-8p.m.daily)

    Programming subject to change.

  • special events

    2010/2011 Speaker Series

    Desert Botanical Garden Celebrates its Second Year as National Geographic Live Arizona Community Partner

    Community PartnerSponsored by Presented by


    16th Annual Scottsdale Artists League Spring Paintout

    TheDesertBotanicalGardenand Scottsdale Artists League will co-sponsor their annual Spring Paintout. The Scottsdale Artists League is celebrating their 50th year anniversary, and 16 years painting in the Garden.

    More than 50 of the Leagues best landscape painters will set up their easels at the Garden and paint every Saturday in March. As visitors walk the Garden trails they will come across artists painting Garden scenes and are encouraged to interact with their favorite artists and to see nature throughfresheyes.Besuretoreturnduringthefinalweekend of April 1-3 when all of the artwork from the Paintout will be on display and for sale. A portion of the proceedswillbenefittheDesertBotanicalGardenandtheScottsdale Artists Leagues Scholarship Fund. For more information visit www.scottsdaleartistsleague.org.Saturdays / Throughout the Garden / March 5, 12, 19, 26 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Show and Sale / April 1 - 3 Friday and Saturday / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sunday / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.Stardust Foundation Plaza at the Garden

    Artist Meet and Greet / Friday / April 1 / 4 - 6 p.m.

    Spring Plant Sale

    TheDesertBotanicalGardenPlantSaleFestivalisaone-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. There is also a used book sale offering a wide variety of subjects withallproceedsbenefitingtheGardenslibrary.(Bookdonations are accepted at Garden admissions. Sorry, no magazines.) Specialty retailers offer pottery and other garden accessories.Garden Members Preview: Friday / March 18 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.Open to the General Public: Saturday / March 19 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. AND Sunday / March 20 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.No admission charge to enter the Spring Plant Sale

    My Wild LifeMireya Mayor, Primatologist and TV HostWednesday / March 23 / 7:30 p.m.Often described in the media as a female Indiana Jones, Mireya Mayor is notyourtypicalscientist.BothasaprimatologistworkinginthejunglesofMadagascar and as a wildlife correspondent for National Geographic, this city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has found herself in some unusual and exciting situations. She is one of a handful of scientists researching the highly endangered lemur and recently discovered a new species in the backcountry of Madagascar. She then persuaded the prime minister of Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect these rare creatures. Hear this inspiring scientist and explorer share highlights from her scientific and journalistic work, including behind-the-scenes stories from her most recent adventures. Photo credit: Mark Thiessen

    Garden members who use the code desert when ordering tickets will have 10% of their purchase price donated to the Garden.

    Tickets begin at $26Ticketing information: 480 644.6500 / mesaartscenter.com Mesa Arts Center One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

    Visit nglive.org and learn about other exciting events.

    Sponsored by


    Agave on the Rocks Friday / March 25 / 6 - 10 p.m. Members: $55 / General Public: $60Celebrate Sonoran roots at Agave on the Rocks, a deliciouslyfuneveningattheDesertBotanicalGarden.Do not miss gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and...