Garden closes early Dec. 8-10 at 4 p.m. With Last Admission at 3 p.m. Due to Las Noches De Las Luminarias.

Fall is for Monarchs

August 26, 2015


Bitsy Susich – Media Liaison
Phone: 602.320.1343

John Sallot – Director of Marketing
Phone: 480.481.8101

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Fall is for Monarchs
Celebrate and Protect Our Pollinator Friends

The monarch butterfly has an amazing life-cycle of migration that crosses great distances and serves as an important pollinator for our plants. This migration takes the monarch across North America to Mexico with a stop-over in Arizona. The Desert Botanical Garden is designated as a Colossal Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch and is a perfect place to connect with the monarch butterfly as they stop here to rest and refuel.

This fall the Desert Botanical Garden will present programming to help guests learn how to help and conserve these migrating marvels. Programming includes:

Every Saturday, October 3 – November 14, 2015 | 9 - 10 a.m.

Go on a butterfly walk and learn about creating your own Monarch Waystation. See native milkweed species, hunt for monarch caterpillars, and tag monarch butterflies. Limit 25.

Meet in the Ottosen Entry Garden. No registration required. First-come, first-served. Included with Garden membership or paid Garden admission.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, September 26 – November 14, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Center for Desert Living Trail

Come see live caterpillars on display eat their host plants, molt into the delicate chrysalises, and, if you are lucky, emerge as magnificent butterflies. Included with Garden membership or paid Garden admission.

The Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion permanently closed on Sunday, May 10, 2015. A new and expanded butterfly exhibit will open spring 2017. There will be no live butterfly exhibits until the new exhibit opens. The new butterfly exhibit is supported by grants from APS Foundation, the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation through the Desert Botanical Garden’s 2012-17 strategic plan, The Saguaro Initiative, which will expand and relocate the current butterfly exhibit and offer new STEM based learning opportunities for children. Butterflies will still be visible throughout the Garden as it serves as a habitat for butterflies in the wild. The Garden’s exhibits department will have onsite programming that will educate and inform visitors about the amazing butterflies that are found in Arizona.

WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden 1201 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008

COST: Garden Admission Rates Adults $22 (19-59) Seniors $20 (60+) Students with ID $12 (13-18) Children $10 (3-12) Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

INFO: For more information call 480 941.1225 or visit

A “Phoenix Point of Pride”, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.