GREEN GARDENS & ARTS
Find an earthly connection by simply wandering the trails of Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. At night through May 8, return to the gardens to see “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light,” featuring six large-scale, fiber optic LED installations, including a collection of 58 color-changing towers made out of water-filled bottles called the “Water-Towers.” On Earth Day (April 23), chat with pollinator and conservation specialists during the PLANeT Celebration.
While navigating the city, visit inspiring up-cycled works of art on public display. Through April 30, “11 Miles of Color: Repurposing Spring Crossing,” at The Gallery at Scottsdale Civic Center Library features unique works by 11 artists using equal parts of 11 miles of colorful acrylic braided ribbon, previously used as the material for an outdoor canopy art installation. And, situated in front of Fountain Park at Plaza Fountainside in Fountain Hills is “Maytag Matilda,” a horse sculpture created with scrap metals—a car bumper, chains, silverware, a Maytag washing machine—by artist Dixie Jewett. Refresh Glass’ glassware made out of recycled wine bottles, and Chad Schimmel’s lamps made out of vintage cameras. www.practical- art.com • Steadfast Farm at Agritopia is an 11-acre USDA Certified Organic farm inside an urban-agricultural community in Gilbert. Guided farm tours explore ecological and bio-intensive farming practices, and self-touring is permitted. The farm is a vendor at the Gilbert Farmers Market each Saturday morning. www.steadfast-farm.com
Desert Botanical Garden