The Garden is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
The Garden will close early on the following dates for special events:
Please note that the Garden does not permit outside food or beverage or picnicking on the Garden grounds.
Gertrude’s offers a fresh food experience at the Garden focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. Gertrude’s serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu changes seasonally, based on the availability of local products and Chef Taylor's inspiration.
Gertrude’s is open 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. The restaurant features indoor and patio dining, a private chef’s table and bar seating.
The restaurant’s namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, along with a small group of Valley citizens, founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit Gertrudesrestaurant.net or call 480 719.8600.
The Patio Café is open fall, winter, and spring from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (opening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday & Sunday for members), and is closed during the summer. It is located on Ullman Terrace. Click here to view the menu.
The Butterfly Café is open seasonally 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. serving ice cream, drinks and snacks.
If using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, the Garden's coordinates are:
A Trail Map & Visitors Guide are provided during your visit to Desert Botanical Garden (view the trail map here.) The print publication is produced by ON Media Publications at no expense to the Garden. It is supported by the advertisers and we hope you will patronize the advertisers. Click here for more information about ON Media.
Pardon our dust! Beginning June 1st a small portion of the Desert Discovery Loop Trail near historic Webster Center will be closed for renovation. A new exhibit, the Heritage Garden, will open in fall 2015. Each of the Garden’s five trails will remain open throughout the renovation process.
The Garden will open a new seasonal butterfly exhibit in spring of 2017. Click here to read more about plans for the new butterfly exhibit.
Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 8 a.m. - 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.
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 480 480.8188 for more information.
Pets are not allowed in the Desert Botanical Garden, with the exception of approved Garden sponsored events. Service canines are not pets, as defined by Title II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT). 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.
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 or commercial activities unless approved by the office of the Executive Director. Any questions about the definition of “public purpose or commercial activities” should be directed to the Director of Marketing at 480 481.8101.
Free Wi-Fi is available in five locations within the Desert Botanical Garden:
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.
Now you can download the Garden app and use your iPhone or Android to help customize your experience at the Garden. The app includes trail guides, maps, garden tour, plant information and pictures, and a learning center that helps you care for your plants at home. The Garden app was developed by by Clarisoft & MuseumXP and Garden staff members.
You can download the app through iTunes or Google Play for 99 cents.