There’s always something blooming at Desert Botanical Garden, one of the most inspiring and colorful Scottsdale attractions around. A Scottsdale trip is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the true beauty of nature, and Mother Nature has surely blessed Arizona with some of the country’s most spectacular plant and animal life. This month, two special events at the Desert Botanical Garden are a must-see for anyone in the Scottsdale area.

The Desert Botanical Garden was founded 70 years ago with one mission: to educate visitors about desert life. Throughout the year, the DBG holds exhibits that are as beautiful as they are educational. There are over 50,000 colorful plants displayed throughout the garden’s 145 acres. As a visitor, you’ll leave the DBG with a new appreciation for the natural beauty of the desert. So what’s happening in September?

  • Corks & Cactus – There’s no better way to unwind than with a glass of wine. On September 28 and 29, it’s time for some serious unwinding at Corks & Cactus, a special event that combines wine tasting, entertainment and scenic exhibits of desert life. Guests will have the opportunity to sample 40 different wines, and they’ll enjoy food pairings courtesy of Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. General admission for one day is $30, and that includes admission, wine tasting and live entertainment. If you’re up for a whole weekend of wining and dining at the Garden, a two-day admission is $50.
  • Mariposa Monarca – On September 29, Mariposa Monarca, one of the most spectacular Scottsdale attractions, debuts at the DBG. You’ll have the chance to see hundreds of monarch butterflies while learning all about their life cycle and migration patterns. Both interactive and educational, the exhibit is the perfect afternoon escape for the whole family on your Scottsdale trip. After its debut on September 29, this exhibit will remain open through November 25. Tickets are $3.50 for non-members (plus general admission).

A little bit of nature is what makes a vacation feel like a vacation. It provides an escape from the workaday world and allows you to reconnect with more vital forces. But don’t take our word for it – or even the word of the 640,000 people who visit the Desert Botanical Garden each year. Book your trip to Scottsdale and see for yourself. Go ahead – unplug your laptop, turn off your cell phone and bliss out for an afternoon at these two awesome Scottsdale attractions.