GREEN GAR­DENS & ARTS

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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

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