Ameema Ahmed

A lot has happened at Desert Botanical Garden since it was founded on February 12, 1939. The founders of the garden were concerned about the preservation of desert plants, as people moving to Arizona from other states were removing natural plants and replacing them with non-native species. The state granted 150 acres of land to the group of founders to use for the conservation of desert plants. 

Today, the garden is considered a living museum, featuring more than 50,000 plants that represent more than 4,000 species. According to Executive Director Ken Schutz, the garden has not only helped people appreciate the desert landscape but has also helped grow interest in conservation so visitors can do their part in protecting desert plants.

The garden will be hosting several events to celebrate its 85th anniversary. All events and exhibits are included with regular admission.

On February 10, visitors can enjoy free cookies, musical performances and hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And on February 12, the garden is offering discounted admission all day for $8.50 a ticket.

Additionally, those interested in purchasing a membership can buy it at a discounted rate from February 10-12. The annual Friends and Family Garden Membership is discounted to $85 during this time. Memberships must be purchased in person. 

To learn more about Desert Botanical Garden's anniversary celebration, visit