Desert Botanical Garden Celebrates 75 Years with Free Admission Day
Adam Rodriguez/Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating 75 years this weekend with -- what else -- a garden party.
Since opening in the late 1930s, the 140-plus acre garden has been home to more than 50,000 plant displays and is no stranger to hosting a myriad of cultural events -- from ballets to benefit dinners and everything in between. As part its yearlong anniversary celebration, DBG is hosting a free admission day Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Phoenicians can use this opportunity to tour the garden and explore their Sonoran Desert home. The day is a representation of what DBG strives to accomplish all year, says Bitsy Susich, the garden's media liaison. A few thousand people are expected to take advantage of the lack of admission price, coupled with relatively low temperatures (forecasts are hinting at a high of only 93 this weekend).
Expect more than DBG's regular tours: Saturday's event will include a variety of free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including behind-the-scenes tours and demonstrations designed to educate and inspire desert gardeners.
Hands-on demonstrations include two how-tos on growing your own vegetable garden, where aspiring green thumbs can take home their own seeds, tips for growing the best herbs. The class is first-come, first-served and has a 20-person limit, so get there early for the 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. presentations.