Phoenix: Desert Botanical Gardens

Desert Botanical Garden Calendar of Events 2009

All events take place at:
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008
480-941-1225
www.dbg.org

*Activities, ticket prices and hours are subject to change.

Hours:
The Garden is open daily (except July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25) as follows:
• Oct. through April: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• May through Sept.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
General Garden Admission: $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (60+), $7.50 for students (13-18 and college with ID), $5 for children 3-12.  Children 2 and younger and Garden members are admitted free.

CONCERTS:

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN WINTER 2009 CONCERT SERIES
Come see the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden and listen to the Valley’s premier musicians.  General seating only.  Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.  There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased.  No outside food or beverage allowed.  Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. Wine tastings are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle.  A cash bar is provided. 
 
Sunday Concerts: 12 – 2 p.m.  All concerts are on Ullman Terrace.
Members: $14 / Non-Members: $20 / Children: $8 (ages 3-12) children 2 and younger are admitted free.  Ticket price includes Garden admission.  To purchase tickets: order online at www.dbg.org, call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.
 
January 18 – Mex-Sal - Salsa
January 25 – Try Me Bicycle – Folk Rock
February 1 – Novo Mundo – Brazilian World
February 8 – Back Porch Bandits - Bluegrass
February 22 – Lyra – Classical Guitar and Violin

JAZZ IN THE GARDEN SPRING 2009 CONCERT SERIES

Enjoy evenings surrounded by desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians.  Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.  There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased.  No outside food or beverage allowed.  Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. Wine tastings are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle.  A cash bar is provided. 
 
Friday Evenings: 7 – 9 p.m.  (March, April & May)
Friday Evenings: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (June)
All concerts are on Ullman Terrace.
Members: $14 / Non-Members: $20 /Must be 21 years or older to attend concert.
Ticket price includes Garden admission.   To purchase tickets: order online at www.dbg.org, call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.
 
March 6 – Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns – Big Band Blues
March 13 – Chele'
March 20 - Groove Defenders - Blues
April 3 - Shining Star
April 10 - Big Pete Pearson – Jazzy Blues
April 17 – Big Nick and the Gila Monsters
May 1 – Armand Boatman's Be-Bop Revolution - Jazz
May 8 - Sherry Petta – Smooth Contemporary Jazz
May 15  - Cinco De Moio – Latin Jazz
May 22 - Blue Mystics featuring members of Incendio
May 29 – TBD
June 5 – SHRI - Blues
June 12 - TBD     
June 19 - Larry Redhouse Trio
June 26 - TBD

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN FALL 2009 CONCERT SERIES:

Come see the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden and listen to the Valley’s premier musicians.  General seating only.  Tickets are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.  There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased.  No outside food or beverage allowed.  Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert. Wine tastings are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle.  A cash bar is provided. 
 
Friday Evenings: 7 – 9 p.m.  All concerts are on Ullman Terrace
Members: $14 / Non-Members: $20
Ticket price includes Garden admission.  To purchase tickets: order online at www.dbg.org, call 480-481-8188 or visit the Admissions Box Office.
 
October 2 - TBD
October 9 - TBD
October 16 - TBD
October 23 - TBD          
October 30 - TBD          
November 6 - TBD
November 13 - TBD

PLANT SALES

SPRING PLANT SALE 2009
Saturday / March 21 / 7 a.m.-5 p.m. AND
Sunday / March 22 / 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale
The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location.  Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers are all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice.  Purchase pottery and other delightful garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market. 
 
FALL PLANT SALE 2009
Saturday / October 17 / 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday / October 18 / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale
The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location.  Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers are all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice.  Purchase pottery and other delightful garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market.

EXHIBITS:

CHIHULY: The Nature of Glass
Through May 31, 2009 / Throughout the Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present the Garden-wide exhibition by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibit will feature new and unique works of glass artfully located throughout the Garden. Dale Chihuly is known for his innovative glass sculptures, and his work is immediately recognizable for its grand scale and vibrant colors. Chihuly’s spectacular creations are found in more than 200 museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Garden exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the New York Botanical Garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. This is Chihuly’s first exhibition in an outdoor desert environment.
 
Members: Members will enjoy unlimited Garden admission based on their level of membership.  Members will need to make reservatons online at www.dbg.org or by phone at 480-481-8188.  Members will be able to purchase additional admissions for their guests at the cost of $12 each. 
 
Non-members: Adults $15, Seniors $13.50, Students (12 -1 8 with and college with ID) $7.50, Children (3 -12) $ 5, Children under 3 admitted free.   Admissions may be purchased online at www.dbg.org or by phone at 480-481-8188.
                       
Advanced reservation or purchase required for both members and non-members. Limited walk-up admissions may be available.  For reduced group rates call: 480-481-8104. 
 
SPRING BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT IN THE MARSHALL BUTTERFLY PAVILION
March 7 – May 31, 2009
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
Free for members.  $3.00 for non-members 3 years and older, with paid Garden admission.
The exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that are a butterfly lover’s paradise.  Hundreds of butterflies surround you; some flying and others perched in sunny locations, to allow for butterfly encounters that delight visitors of all ages.  You will be greeted by many species of North American butterflies including Painted Ladies and the regal Queens.  There are special display areas featuring butterfly host plants and a Discovery Station where you have the chance to see our scaly-winged friends up close. 
 
MARIPOSA MONARCA
October 3 – November 15, 2009
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
Free for members. $3.00 for non-members 3 years and older, with paid Garden admission.
Once again the Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present Mariposa Monarca.  Come stroll through the best butterfly habitat in the Southwest and be immersed among hundreds of colorful, fluttering monarchs.

EVENTS:

Spiked! Thursdays at DBG
Thursday evenings / February 26, March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 2009
$25
Mix, mingle and marvel at the Desert Botanical Garden’s new Thursday night social event, featuring the incredible glass artwork of Dale Chihuly.  Each evening will showcase a different Chihuly sculpture in one of our unique venues, paired with a Chihuly inspired cocktail, light hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.  Spiked! includes Garden admission, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.  Cash bar available.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended.  Guests must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted.  To Purchase Tickets:  Order tickets online at
 www.dbg.org, call 480-481-8188 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday), or visit the Admissions Box Office
(8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)
 
BREAKFAST WITH THE BUTTERFLIES
Saturday / March 7 or 8, 2009 / 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Member: Adults $35 / Children $30 / Non-Member: Adults $40 / Children $35
Celebrate the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit.  Enjoy a catered breakfast, children’s entertainment
 and activities and tours of the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion.  Children will receive their own pair of butterfly
 wings to celebrate in and a special gift to take home.  Recommended for children ages 3 -10.  Guests
are encouraged to wear brightly colored clothing to attract the butterflies.  Tickets are limited.  Advance
 ticket purchase required.  No refunds or exchanges.  To Purchase Tickets:  Order tickets online at
 www.dbg.org, call 480-481-8188 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday), or visit the Admissions Box Office
(8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)
 
AGAVE ON THE ROCKS
Friday, March 27, 2009 / 7 – 11 p.m. 
Members: $70, Non-Members: $75. $10 discount on tickets purchased by March 16th.
Kick off your weekend with a bit of funk at the sixth annual Agave on the Rocks, the Garden’s hippest fundraising event.  Groove your way through the Garden by the light of your glowing margarita glass while listening to the Valley’s hottest Latin funk bands.  Take a breather from dancing to sample mouthwatering cuisine provided by more than 15 of the Valley’s premier caterers and restaurants.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.  You must be 21 years of age or older to attend, and must show proper identification to be admitted. Ticket price includes two 8 oz. margaritas in a commemorative margarita glass.  To purchase tickets, visit the Admissions Box Office, on-line at www.dbg.org or call 480-481-8188
 
DINNER ON THE DESERT
Saturday / April 25, 2009 / Tickets for this fundraising event begin at $500 per person.
This sell-out event begins with cocktails, music and a fabulous silent auction in Dorrance Hall and on Kitchell Patio. Dinner and music under the stars follows on Ullman Terrace with a fast paced live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items. Guests then conclude the evening by strolling to the grand after-party on Boppart Courtyard with more dancing, bountiful desserts and cordials.  Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Garden’s mission. Reservations are limited. Please call Marcia Flynn at 480-481-8154 for more information or reservations.
 
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH AND CONCERT WITH ESTÉBAN
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Two shows available / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 4 – 6 p.m.
$45 Concert Only, $65 Concert and Lunch
Join us for an annual tradition at the Garden by bringing mom and the family to enjoy the incredible sounds of Estéban in Concert.  Guests can enjoy a delicious lunch for an additional charge.  For more information, visit www.dbg.org. To purchase tickets, visit the Admissions Box Office, on-line at www.dbg.org or call 480-481-8188.
 
FLASHLIGHT TOURS
Thursdays and Saturdays, June, July and August, 2009 / 7 – 9 p.m.
Nights in the desert are anything but dull at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Experience a magical twilight adventure with the Garden’s summer evening Flashlight Tours.  Flashlight Tours are held every Thursday and Saturday evening during the months of June, July and August.  All tours begin at 7:00 p.m.  Flashlight Tours are free with Garden admission and reservations are required.   Please call 480-941-3510 or email [email protected] and leave your name, phone number, tour date and the number of people in your party to make your reservation. 
 
Flashlight Tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night including, nighthawks, tortoises, insects and night-blooming flowers.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes.  Flashlight Tours are recommended for families and children of all ages and are a perfect summer date.
 
CORKS & CACTUS
Friday, September 25, 2009
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. / $75 per person
Guests can sample more than 80 boutique wines from different regions of the world.  Wines will be carefully paired with delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Fabulous Food Catering.  The evening will also feature live entertainment as well as the opportunity to talk with representatives from different wineries and purchase wines by the bottle or case.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.  Guests must be 21 years or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted.  To purchase tickets, visit the Admissions Box Office, on-line at www.dbg.org or call 480-480-8188.
 
THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
October 23 / 9 a.m. – noon / October 24 & 25, 2009 / 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.       
Admission to the Festival: Member adult: $2 / Member child: $2 (3-12) / Non-member adult: $12 / Non-member child: $6 (3-12) / Under 3 admitted free. 
Your search for the perfect pumpkin is over. Visit the Garden’s very own pumpkin patch, where each day children ages 12 & under can pick their own free pumpkin. Take a hayrides out to the pumpkin. Children can enjoy face painting, the Amazing Bale Maze, balloon artistry, pumpkin decorating and carving demonstrations, and much more.  There will be a baked goods market by Fabulous Food and a Fall Harvest Market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce such as unique pumpkins, gourds, and chili ristras. 
 
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION
October 31 & November 1, 2009 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Día de los Muertos is a joyful holiday when families honor their deceased relatives and celebrate the continuity of life.  Visit the Garden to experience this traditional Mexican holiday. Celebrate with delicious Mexican food and pastries, live entertainment such as a Ballet Folklorico, mariachis and the Calacas.  Fun family activities include marigold seed planting creating paper flowers or papel picado (paper cut-outs) and a Frida Kahlo activity.  Local Latino artists will demonstrate and sell Mexican art and curios in the Garden’s Mercado. 
 
NATIVE AMERICAN RECOGNITION DAYS (NARD)
November 7 & 8, 2009 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.                 
In celebration of Native American Recognition Days the Garden will host a festival dedicated to Native American culture. 
 
CHILES & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
November 14 & 15, 2009 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Alluring aromas and flavors will fill the air during this culinary festival. See hot and spicy chiles roast before your eyes, sample delicious chile and chocolate products from local vendors, purchase unique Southwest gifts, and enjoy cooking demonstrations.  Entertainment includes Spanish Flamenco dance and Latin jazz.
 
LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS
November 27, 28, 29, 2009
December 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2009
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Members:  Adults: $20 / Children: $10 (children 2 and under are admitted FREE)
Non - members: Adults: $25 / Children: $12.50 (children 2 and under are admitted FREE)
The Garden, unique in its traditions, celebrates the magical splendor of Las Noches de las Luminarias.  Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting for friends and family to spend a cheerful holiday evening together.  Take a journey through the Garden’s golden-lit paths and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, savor delicious cuisine prepared by Fabulous Food Catering, sample exquisite wines, or delight in a warm cup of cocoa or cider.  Complete your night by shopping for distinctive holiday gifts in the Garden’s gift and plant shops. Tickets on sale September 14, 2009.  To purchase tickets, visit the Admissions Box Office, on-line at www.dbg.org or call 480-481-8188.

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