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Before You Visit


general admissions | free admission opportunities | wifi at the garden | tips for visiting
getting to the garden | inclement weather, pet & photography policy

Download a Garden Trail Guide.


When you visit the Desert Botanical Garden you will be given a Visitors Guide & Event Calendar that includes the Garden's trail map. The publication is produced for the Garden by ON Media Publications at no expense to the Garden. It is supported by the advertisers in the publication. We hope you will support the advertisers. Click here for more information about ON Media.  

The Garden is open rain or shine, seven days a week, year round except for July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.


Regular Hours

October - April: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 7 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday
May - September: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 6 a.m. for members Wednesday & Sunday

Early Closures

The Garden will close early on the following dates for special events:


Summer 2012 Construction and Renovation Projects

During the summer 2012 the Desert Botanical Garden will undertake four critically needed capital improvement projects. The Garden will continue to be open every day (except the Fourth of July) and our members and visitors will still be able to enjoy all the trails and plants during regular operating hours of 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information, click here.

General Admissions

Become a member today for unlimited annual admissions!

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Free Admission Opportunities

Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 1-8 p.m.

You can also visit the Garden and other Valley arts and cultural attractions using the Culture Pass. For more details, click the logo below:

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Wi-Fi at the Garden

DBG wifi-150x150.jpgFree Wi-Fi is available in five locations within the Desert Botanical Garden:
      •  the area in front of Admissions
      •  Ottosen Entry Garden,
      •  Boppart Courtyard,
      •  the Center for Desert Living Trail, and
      •  Ullman Terrace.

Please look for the Wi-Fi signs. Click here to download the Garden's Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy.

The Garden’s Wi-Fi network is partially funded by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

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Tips for Visiting

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Getting to the Garden

Public Transportation

GPS Coordinates

If using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, the Garden's coordinates are:

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Inclement Weather Policy

There are no general admission refunds due to inclement weather; however, the Garden reserves the right to close for safety during extreme weather conditions. If this occurs, the Garden will refund general admission fees to anyone already inside the Garden.

Individual ticketed events have their own rain policies and those will be displayed on specific event pages.

Call 480 941.1225 for more information.

Pet Policy

No pets, except for service animals, are allowed in the Garden. Download our Service Dogs Policy for more information. According to Arizona State Law, AZ ST 13-2910, it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor to endanger a pet by leaving it in a vehicle.

Photography Policy

The Garden encourages visitors to photograph or video tape the Garden for personal or educational purposes. Portrait shoots, such as family photography are permitted during the Garden’s general operating hours. No advance reservation is required. All members of the party, including the photographer and any assistants, must pay Garden admission fees. General admission fees must be paid despite the amount of time they will spend at the Garden. For groups of ten or more, please call 480 481.8104 for a discount.

Amateur photographers and visual artists may not use their representations of the Garden for any public purpose unless approved by the office of the Executive Director. Any questions about the definition of “public purpose” should be directed to the Director of Marketing at 480 481.8101.

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