Flowers and Form

Garden visitors can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with Desert Botanical Garden’s next art exhibition in Ottosen Gallery—John P. Schaefer’s “Flowers and Form.” Schaefer—who has distinguished himself as an esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer—has chosen cactus plants and flowers-as his photographic muse. 

Since 2000 when Schaefer moved near a cactus farm, he has built his photographic repertoire, dramatically capturing the lively essence of cactus and desert flowers. Schaefer, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is the President Emeritus of University of Arizona is a conservationist and avid bird watcher who founded the Nature Conservancy in Arizona. He founded the university’s renowned Center for Creative Photography with iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams in 1975.

“Plant life in Arizona is really unique. They have habits that are unlike most plants–they leaf out when it rains and in some instances they bloom very briefly, usually just one day a year,” Schaefer says. “They have brilliant colors that really contrast with what the desert normally looks like-all those things make me take note of the plants and their flowers.”


Jan 26, 2018 - May 20, 2018


Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.




Included in Garden admission and free with membership

Adults: $24.95

Children 3-17:$12.95

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