The Garden promotes education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants and brings to life the wonders of the desert.
For more than 75 years, the Garden has responded to our community’s needs for knowledge about our desert habitat and resources for responsible living in our environment. We provide a place for children, families, teachers and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to experience nature, which nourishes the spirit and mind.
Located in the heart of the city, the Garden helps its visitors to build connections with the natural world, offers many opportunities to learn about desert ecology and about living in harmony with the desert, and contributes to the vibrancy of our community.
The Garden is made up of 145 acres, with 60 acres developed for display and interpretation. There are more than 54,000 plants exhibited, including a scientific collection of 21,885 plants. The Garden's Herbarium contains more than 60,300 dried desert plant specimens including many species under protection in the Center for Plant Conservation.
Mission Statement: The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.