The Saguaro Initiative

Celebrate the Past. Shape the Future.

The majestic saguaro cactus is found only in the Sonoran Desert. The Tohono O'odham people of Southern Arizona, likely descendants of the Hohokam, believe the saguaro is a sacred plant that must be treated with respect. A mature saguaro stands 20 to 30 feet tall and takes 75 years to reach such stature. Read More

Celebrating the Past

The First 75 Years

The dream for a botanical garden in Phoenix began with plantsman Gustaf Starck and was embraced by philanthropist Gertrude Webster. These individualists, transplants from Sweden and Vermont, joined forces in the 1930s to build a garden that showcased and protected the beauty of the Sonoran Desert for future generations. Read More

Shaping the Future

The Next 75 Years

The Garden's vision is to be the premier center in the world for display, study and understanding of desert plants and their environments. Read More

Focus on Education

The Garden strives to be an indispensable resource in the Southwestern United States for helping individuals learn about Sonoran Desert plants as well as desert plants of the world, so that they will conserve and protect the natural world for the benefit of future generations. Read More

Garden Reinvestment
& Renewal

We are committed to maintaining the best of the Garden by putting in place new displays and experiences that will become the celebrated gardens of the future. Read More

Regional Leadership

The Garden has created a Conservation Alliance – a network of stakeholders both within the Garden and beyond our borders to identify and prioritize conservation issues and to unify positive actions by all concerned. In addition, the Garden strives to be the primary resource for growing vegetables and community gardening. Read More

Institutional Planning
& Advancement

The Garden has a strong reputation for innovative and rigorous planning at all levels. These efforts continue with – Read More

Endowment Funds

The Desert Botanical Garden requires permanent, invested funds to support not only basic operations of its day-to-day mission but also additions to infrastructure and human talent to achieve far more in the coming decades. Read More

at a Glance

These Initiatives, fulfilled, will ensure that the accomplishments of the past 75 years are not remembered as the glory days of a popular Garden, but rather as the foundation for a great institution that leads the region in knowledge and action. Read More

We Invite Your Participation

We invite you to express support for the Garden with a contribution to The Saguaro Initiative. Each gift brings the Garden closer to fulfilling these bold and exciting plans for the future. Join us as a founder of the Garden’s next 75 years!

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