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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
LEARN Gifts
Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. Give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $10
Price: $10.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $30
Price: $30.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $60
Price: $60.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $100
Price: $100.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

 
Publications - Desert Landscape School

A Guide to Desert Landscaping & Maintenance
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $54.00
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Gain a thorough understanding of how to select, install and maintain plants in a desert landscape. Filled with best practices, illustrations and instructions, this guide translates plant science into practical advice, making it perfect for landscape professionals, homeowners and gardeners.

Pricing valid for Desert Landscape School students only. One book purchase per student, please.

This is for local pickup only. The book must be picked up during your program the Desert Botanical Garden.

 
DESERT LANDSCAPE SCHOOL
Are you looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening? The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices.

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | April 7 - June 16 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Learn techniques for planting and maintaining desert plants. Experts discuss best practices for planting and pruning, as well as give students hands-on learning opportunities. This class is ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert. This program covers the following topics:
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Plant diagnosis
  • Abiotic disorders
  • Biotic disorders
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 7, 2018 - Sat, Jun 16, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays | June 19 - Aug. 28 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Effective management of desert landscapes requires an understanding of the fundamental principles of plant biology and desert ecology. In this 20-hour program, students learn how desert plants evolved to perform their essential functions, reproduce and grow in this environment. This program covers the following topics:
  • Desert ecology
  • Plant classification
  • Plant features and functions
  • Growth and reproduction
  • Plant Adaptations
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 - Tue, Aug 28, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Design Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Desert Plant Palette Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays | April 3 - June 12 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires a firm grasp of design principles and processes. Our instructors guide students through the process of turning a dream into a functional diagram, then mapping out a preliminary design and finalizing a master plan. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:
  • Desert Plant Palette
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 - Tue, Jun 12, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or wanting to increase your knowledge, the Garden provides classes that will give you the necessary skills to become a successful low-desert gardener. Landscape and gardening programs cover an array of topics including vegetable gardening, pruning, desert plants, container gardening, sustainable practices and landscape design. Many of the classes are supported with hands-on investigative learning and taught by professionals in the field.

Double Duty Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 18 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Many plants are not only beautiful, but many purify air, provide food and more. From fragrant herbs and ornamental fruits to sculptural espalier trees, discover which plants play double duty in your garden. In this class, you will discover the plants that are suitable for desert gardens and take on the roles of double duty in the landscape. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Garden Weeds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Wednesday / Feb. 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Do you have problems with weeds in your vegetable garden? Weeds not only compete with vegetables for space, water and light, but can harbor pests and diseases. Join Carol Stuttard in identifying the most common weeds in low-desert gardens and learn how to deal with them in an environmentally sustainable manner. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Upcycled Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Feb. 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Some of the most distinctive desert gardens are born out of modest budgets. Learn how to use recycled, salvaged and found objects to create sculptural or functional elements in your landscape. Landscape designer Erin Hutton presents creative ideas to repurpose materials and add unique personality to your garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Fuss-Free Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / Feb. 24 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Create an attractive outdoor space that does not require a lot of maintenance. Learn what plants will add welcome beauty without a lot of fuss. Pruning techniques and other helpful tips will be discussed to decrease the amount of time working in the garden and more time enjoying it. Instructed by Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Growing Herbs in Containers
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

If you are low on space, growing herbs in containers is a great way to add a culinary accent to a patio or balcony. Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in pots in a desert environment, like fragrant rosemary and flavorful basil. Then learn how you can successfully grow them in containers. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Dreamcatcher Wall Planter
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday / Feb. 26 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a little green to your space with an eye-catching dreamcatcher wall planter. You will learn how to arrange and weave hoops together to hold and display the patterns of dream spirals. You will choose from a selection of air plants and other natural elements for your dreamcatcher wall hanging suitable for indoors or outdoors. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring feathers, large beads or colorful stones. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays | March 8, 15 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal times to plant them. Explore soil preparation, raised beds, container gardening and how and when to water. Learn the 10 basic steps and planting times according to local calendars to help you skip trips to the produce section, and add of dash of pride to your cooking. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Mar 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | March 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Luana Vargas as she discusses an easy-to-follow tree selection process and five desert tree species you should consider on your next planting project. She will guide you through the planting process and discuss early care maintenance practices that will foster success and long-term survival. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by the March 5 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Classes are instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Mondays | March 12, 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Mondays | April 2, 9 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

Classes are instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

Series instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 15.

This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by the March 5 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Classes are instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Wednesdays | March 14, 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Wednesdays | April 4, 11 | 6:40 - 8:30 p.m.
This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 14, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Organic Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $101.00
Member Price: $81.00
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Package Deal:. Register for all three classes in this series by March 5 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.

Explore Organic Gardening
Monday | March 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Why go organic? Examine the basics of organic gardening and discuss the benefits of working with nature, rather than against it. Discuss the adaptability and resilience of plants while exploring genetically modified plants and their role in the environment. Students also learn about the fruits and vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert.

Importance of Soils
Monday | March 26 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

To reach maximum yields and flavor, smart gardeners mimic the dynamic mix of microbial growth and organic decay found in natural soils. The optimal way to introduce these nutrients is through manures, compost and organic fertilizers. Learn about these organic soil amendments, their role in developing and maintaining healthy soils, and how they affect pH levels. Students are asked to bring two glass jars with lids (16 oz. or more) and enough soil from their gardens to fill the jars.

Seeds, Germination and Planting
Tuesday | April 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


You reap what you sow-so be sure you have the right seeds! In this class, students learn the uses of different types of organic seeds and the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds. Seed collection and storage, germination, light requirements and planting seasons will be discussed.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Explore Organic Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Why go organic? Examine the basics of organic gardening and discuss the benefits of working with nature, rather than against it. Discuss the adaptability and resilience of plants while exploring genetically modified plants and their role in the environment. Students also learn about the fruits and vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Importance of Soils
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 26 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

To reach maximum yields and flavor, smart gardeners mimic the dynamic mix of microbial growth and organic decay found in natural soils. The optimal way to introduce these nutrients is through manures, compost and organic fertilizers. Learn about these organic soil amendments, their role in developing and maintaining healthy soils, and how they affect pH levels. Students are asked to bring two glass jars with lids (16 oz. or more) and enough soil from their gardens to fill the jars. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Seeds, Germination and Planting
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | April 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

You reap what you sow-so be sure you have the right seeds! In this class, students learn the uses of different types of organic seeds and the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds. Seed collection and storage, germination, light requirements and planting seasons will be discussed.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Spring-Inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Feel your stresses wilt away and creativity blossom through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Then, after instructor Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, spring-inspired ikebana arrangements. Additional required materials list available with online listing. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Tossing out rinds, crusts and even weeds is a waste of free fertilizer. Composting creates an environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or not, creating compost is something everyone can do. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Passion for Penstemon
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 26 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Delve into the wonderful wildflower world of Penstemon, sometimes known as beardtongues. Penstemon is a popular ornamental among plant enthusiasts due to its striking array of flower colors, numerous hybrids and cultivars, and small size. Explore which Penstemons can be grown in the low desert and how to care for them. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 26, 2018 6:30AM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Spring Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | March 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Spend the plentiful spring season outside, planting and harvesting fresh ingredients for your salads, stir-fries and more. Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic spring vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

All Things Lavender
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Our lavender love affair reaches back to antiquity, and wafts on today through our candles and bubble baths. This class covers the prized plant's many uses, varieties and history and discusses best practices for harvesting and storage. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Mar 29, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Best Vines for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | April 7 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Vine plants can shade a patch of backyard or add a splash of color to a wall, but it is hard to know which ones tolerate the Sonoran Desert climate. Learn about the many native and introduced species that thrive in the desert and how to grow them. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 7, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

Aquaponics Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 8 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Aquaponics is an increasingly important method of making our desert homes sustainable. In aquaponics, fish, vegetables and fruits grow symbiotically in one integrated, organic backyard system. In this introductory class, we will discuss the aquaponics concept, how it works and what you can grow. Instructed by George Brooks. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 8, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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DATE CHANGE: The Saturday, May 19 class has now changed to Satruday, May 12.

Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration and take-home materials. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist. Limit 30.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / April 11 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

SketchUp is a modeling software program that allows users to accurately build 3-D landscape designs. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and helps you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design.

Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.

Take the virtual plunge into your landscape blueprints with this interactive program. Learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3-D model. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design.SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 11, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / April 18 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

SketchUp is a modeling software program that allows users to accurately build 3-D landscape designs. With proper guidance, SketchUp / is easy to use and helps you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design.

Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.

Dive deeper into SketchUp by designing a landscape using more advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan, and finally modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and specific styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.

Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | April 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Lower your water bill-and help the planet-one drip at a time by designing an efficient drip irrigation system that you can modify as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. We also discuss how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Free-Range Chicken Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | April 14 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to create a fabulous garden where chickens can happily roam. Select the right plants for your chickens and which ones to avoid. In addition to delicious eggs, chickens also provide a free pest control service while adding fertilizer to your soil. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Best Landscape Plants: Cacti
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | April 15 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Desert natives like cacti may seem ideally adapted to the climate, but many species, especially those introduced from other regions, need special care to survive the harsh Sonoran growing conditions. Join Angelica Elliott on this instructional walk through the Garden, as she identifies and recommends cacti and gives instruction about growing them in your garden. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 15, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 15 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Much of the Bible is set in a landscape akin to the Southwest, and many of the medicinal and culinary herbs it mentions flourish here, too. Draw on ancient scripture for practical lessons about herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a saintly herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 15, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | April 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Vegetable gardeners beam as they fill their harvest baskets with fresh, chemical-free produce. However, a multitude of challenges come from insects, diseases and mysterious ailments that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Join Carol Stuttard as she prepares you to keep your organic vegetables healthy, vigorous and less vulnerable to attack. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Mediterranean Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn to make a garden worthy of Greek gods with desert-adapted plants, trees and herbs. This class covers all the essential design elements of a Mediterranean garden, including water features, fireplaces, outdoor lighting, pergolas, walkway materials, wall treatments, dining areas and planting design. Whether you are starting with a blank slate for a new home or redoing your current yard, this class will help you add a villa vibe to all your outdoor living spaces. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | April 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

There's a whole orchestra of herbs out there, but many cooks content themselves with the old salt and pepper duet. Explore the history of herbs and the symphony of flavors they bring to kitchens and cultures today. This class covers the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for successful harvests. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Fri, Apr 20, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mini Zen Gardens
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | April 21 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Desk or tabletop Zen gardens create calming moments of beauty in your day. Learn how to plant and maintain your own mini Zen garden. Arrange the basis for your garden using easy-to-care-for plants, small stones, sand and natural elements. Learn the peaceful practice of creating patterns and designs in sand. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring small figurines or natural elements such as rocks, small sticks. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 22 | 2 - 4 p.m.

From the windowsill herb box to the patio tomato pot, container gardening can bring a bountiful harvest to those with spatial limitations. This step-by-step class weeds out the Southwest's unique obstacles to growing edibles in containers and offers tips on choosing potting soil, watering, mulching and when and where seasonal greens grow best.
Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 22, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | May 5 | 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Economize the size of your garden plot with a mix of desert-adapted vegetables and flowers. Learn how to amend the soil, choose the right plants and use easy irrigation from your hose bib. Meredith Smith will share tips and tricks on how to create an edible and flowering garden to enjoy all year long. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 5, 2018 2:00PM - 4:30PM   OPEN

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | May 6 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan. With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, May 6, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Hummingbird Container Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | May 14 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Everyone loves a yard abuzz with hummingbirds, but their visits can be so fleeting. Make a hummingbird hotspot with the perfect pot of nectar-heavy plants suitable for large yards and small spaces. Learn how to select the right plants and how to care for them so you can create your own hummingbird habitat in a container. Instructed by Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, May 14, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesdays | May 15, 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether we are making pesto or potpourri, herbs help us build strong flavors and aromas. This two-part class introduces 20 of the most useful and easily grown herbs for your garden, with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, usage and storage techniques as you delight your senses in this interactive experience. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, May 15, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | May 17 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, your summer garden can be a lush, productive oasis complete with harvestable crops. Tomatoes produce into July, eggplants grow throughout the season and melons sweeten summer mornings. Find out how to grow these bounties in the low desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, May 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Succulent Euphorbia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | May 19 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Experience the euphoria of growing Euphorbia. Plants in this low-maintenance, diverse genus range from small globular shapes to massive trees and can be planted in the ground or containers for added interest and bold profiles. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 19, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 19 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline, so it is vital to keep it flowing. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems-drip, sprinklers and bubblers-and how to maximize efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 19, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Herb Propagation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | May 20 | 2 - 4 p.m.

When a recipe calls for more than a single bay leaf, it helps to have lots of herbs on hand. Luckily, the Southwest is a happy host to many of them. Learn to grow your own, starting from seeds or propagating from cuttings. Liz Lonetti will discuss which herbs can be planted in your garden, containers or elsewhere in your landscape. Class includes propagation demonstrations and take-home materials and resources. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, May 20, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Bougainvillea Bonsai
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Wednesdays | May 23, 30, June 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

When the plants you love are too big for your garden, try them as miniature bonsai creations! Guided by our instructors and your imagination, you will learn how to turn bougainvillea into a living piece of art. This three-part class covers the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Instructed by Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Feng Shui for the Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

When your garden's arrangement allows the flow of chi, the universal life-force in Chinese philosophy, it is said have good feng shui. In this class, landscape architect Liza Blank discusses basic principles and tools to create a beautiful, flowing garden environment, and how to apply the bagua, or energy map, through color and the five elements of feng shui for peace and tranquility. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 30, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Let there be light, the essential ingredient in all photography. Light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographers. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Creating Dynamic Landscapes
Regular Price: $219.00
Member Price: $175.00
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Tuesday and Sunday / Feb. 20 & 25
Tuesday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Sunday / 2:30 - 7 p.m.


The art of capturing dynamic landscapes goes beyond simply finding how to capture that perfect moment. In this class, we will cover the basics of creating more dynamic landscapes using techniques such as hyperfocal distance and focus stacking to create sharp focus from the nearest foreground element to the most distant one. In the second part of the program, we will venture out to Four Peaks to refine your skills. Student will have an opportunity to use the exposure, focusing and composition skills to photograph the changing light of the Sonoran Desert. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Note: The Feb. 22 class time has been updated. The class will run 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Continue building your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Learn to use photo editing app Snapseed on your iPhone and iPad to enhance your snapshots into stunning images. Ashley Lowery walks you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free Snapseed app onto device before class. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

Package Deal - iPhone and iPad Photography
Regular Price: $203.00
Member Price: $162.00
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Learn how to take your iPhone or iPad photography to the next level. Explore tools and techniques to take creative, high-quality photos. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all four classes by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Sunday | March 25 | 1 - 4 p.m.
The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing.

Next Steps
Sunday | April 15 | 2 - 5 p.m.
Continue to build your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your smart-device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions. Then experiment with creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails.

Editing
Tuesday | April 17 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class.

Nighttime
Monday | April 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and, unfortunately, new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will erase the graininess from iPhone or iPad photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 25, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - iPhone and iPad Photography
Regular Price: $203.00
Member Price: $162.00
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Learn how to take your iPhone or iPad photography to the next level. Explore tools and techniques to take creative, high-quality photos. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all four classes by March 5 and receive a 10% discount.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Wednesday | April 11 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing.

Next Steps
Sunday | May 6 | Noon - 3 p.m.
Continue to build your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your smart-device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions. Then experiment with creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails.

Editing
Wednesday | May 23 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class.

Nighttime
Wednesday | May 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and, unfortunately, new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will erase the graininess from iPhone or iPad photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore light
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 11, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Hummingbird Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Though nearly invisible to the naked eye, a hummingbird's rapid wings are no match for modern shutter speeds. Robert McBride guides you through the rewarding process of snapping these colorful, hovering birds. Open to all digital camera owners. Participants should bring telephoto lens (200mm or greater preferred), cable or remote shutter release and tripod. Flash optional. Limit 10.

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday | March 11 | Noon - 4 p.m.

Your camera's many buttons and dials might recall an airplane cockpit, but with a little guidance, your confidence using them will soar. Learn about different features, functions and proper setup to create perfectly exposed photographs, with balanced shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. Learn how to use your newly acquired photography skills by practicing in the Garden. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy S5-S8 smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed and Instagram apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Mastering the Tools of Photography
Regular Price: $203.00
Member Price: $162.00
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Mastering the appropriate use of your camera's tools ensures success in every situation. This series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Mastering Exposure
Sunday | March 25 | Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual.

The Secret of Lighting
Sunday | April 15 | 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Let there be light, the essential ingredient in all photography. Light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographers. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class.

Composition
Sunday | April 22 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod, cable or remote shutter release and three to five printed photos.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 25, 2018 12:00PM - 3:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Mastering Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / March 25 / Noon - 3:30 p.m.

Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 25, 2018 12:00PM - 3:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday | March 28 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Use the Garden's digital classroom to explore Adobe Photoshop Elements, a handy software toolbox that all beginner photographers should know how to use. Upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, and sort, organize, enhance and share photos. Topics include use of tools, palettes and image manipulation. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday | April 4 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Unlock the editing and organizing power of the more advanced Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take images to the next level. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday | April 18 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Build on your editing skills to start producing sophisticated, professional-quality prints and digital images that you will be proud to share. Focus on how to use the more advanced Editor workspace to fine-tune your images, fix exposure problems and add creative touches to finish your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | April 4 | 7 - 10 a.m.

Butterfly wings burst with prismatic colors, and capturing them all is an art form filled with challenges and rewards. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion with its collection of lovely lepidopterans. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should bring a digital camera and a mid-range to telephoto lens. We also recommend bringing a macro lens and a monopod. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (11 AVAIL)

Seven Types of Natural Light
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | April 9 | 3 - 6 p.m.

The word "photograph" comes from the Greek words for light and drawing. To "draw" great images, all photographers must learn the various types of outdoor light and how to adapt when it suddenly changes. Through instruction, in-class setups and field assignments, you will discover and experiment with different types and qualities of light, including rim light, side light, back light, silhouette and front light using reflectors, skrims, diffusers and more. Participants should bring their camera and manual. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Apr 9, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | April 12 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Awaken your cosmic consciousness by tracking down the ethereal swath of gases, stars and planets we call the Milky Way. Learn when and where our galactic backyard can be sighted, and which camera settings will best capture its beauty. Discover the right equipment, exposure and metering, and specific techniques to shoot the night sky. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Saturday | April 14 | 2 - 7 a.m.

Take a trip out to Picketpost Mountain-and away from the city's light pollution-to get unrivaled shots of the Milky Way in all of its glowing grandeur. This trip expands upon Chasing the Milky Way: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for experienced photographers. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should also bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is provided. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 2:00AM - 7:00AM   (5 AVAIL)

Capturing Desert City Lights
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | April 16 | 5 - 8 p.m.

At night, Phoenix is an oasis of light in the vast dark of the Sonoran Desert. Discuss the best methods for capturing the city's glow, then head to Tempe Town Lake for two hours of photographing the skyline, bridges and reflections in and around the water. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, cable or remote shutter release and tripod. Transportation to the site is not provided. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Apr 16, 2018 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Automatic Photography
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Tuesday | April 17 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Many camera owners simply want to take quality photographs without mastering numerous complicated settings. This fun and engaging session will teach you seven powerful but simple techniques to help you avoid common mistakes, recognize an image's potential, and ultimately capture them beautifully through your lens−all on "auto." Instructed by Lisa Langell. Class time includes one hour for lunch. Click here for required equipment. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 8:00AM - 4:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Have you ever taken photos with your iPhone or iPad at night and felt dissatisfied with the outcome? Learn the essential techniques that will help you shoot better iPhone or iPad photos at night or in low light. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

Abstract Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday | May 3 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For all the freedom photography allows, many of the same subjects and angles are used ad nauseam. Abstract photography breaks down self-imposed boundaries and exploits the infinite, malleable ways of capturing and blending the shapes, lines and patterns of everyday objects. Learn how to use macro lenses, depth of field, motion blur, patterning, edges, composition techniques and more to create images that are artistic, ethereal and unique. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, May 3, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / May 5 / 1 - 5 p.m.

This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or simply interested in learning about camera settings and when to use them. Joanne West covers basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. Open to all digital camera owners. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 5, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / May 19 / 1 - 5 p.m.

Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 19, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Photography 101
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | May 12 | 2 - 6 p.m.

Note: This class was previously scheduled for May 20.


So you bought a DSLR camera-now what? Tracy Battaglia guides you through simple exercises to begin mastering the three pillars that support good photography-aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Understanding these elements, their function and how they work together is important to achieve your photography goals. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.Click here for required equipment. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 12, 2018 2:00PM - 6:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is an ancient meditative art that focuses on connecting body, mind and spirit to enhance health and well-being. Be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you begin your weekend in the beautiful Garden setting. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Package Deal - Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 5.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays | March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 | 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Mar 6, 2018 8:15AM - 9:15AM   (18 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 5.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays | March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18 | 6 - 7 p.m.

Yoga is an ancient meditative art that focuses on connecting body, mind and spirit to enhance health and well-being. Be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 7, 2018 6:00PM - 7:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 5.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Saturdays | March 24, 31, April 14, 21, May 5, 12, 19 | 8 - 9 a.m.

Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you begin your weekend in the beautiful Garden setting. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

World of Chocolate
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday / Feb. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dip a winter day in rich and decadent goodness with a special class led by local chocolatier Zak's Chocolate. Explore the craft of chocolate, learning about different kinds of cocoa beans, where they grow and how they become candy bars. Sample three different single-origin dark chocolates, a milk chocolate and a truffle made with Zak's award-winning House-Blend chocolate. Each guest will also take home a two-piece box of chocolates and a sample size of Zak's house-pressed cocoa powder to use at home. Bring a date and call it a belated Valentine. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Savvy Cooking with Citrus
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Wednesday / Feb. 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Citrus adds a bright flavor to many dishes. Learn how to use citrus picked straight from your garden or locally grown. Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in the kitchen to discover how to use your citrus harvest and the tips on how to add the juice, flesh and zest to jazz up your dishes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Fun Foods for Kids
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how you can prepare easy and fun foods for children that will get them to eat their vegetables and proteins. We will demonstrate simple and quick dishes that you can make with kids and how to create fun food ideas. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Sara Korzeniewski. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain: Build Your Own Story
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Take a trip to the part of the brain that generates your personal memories and life story. Trace the neural pathways comprising this vital brain network, making pit stops to examine the roles that dreams and self-talk play in the network's performance. You will take away a personal neuroplasticity plan for your default network to help your brain get better with age. Class includes a copy of the book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training." The initial Train Your Brain Workshop is helpful but not a prerequisite for this workshop. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Root of the Matter
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Root vegetables absorb vitamins from the soil that we can wring out onto our plates. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates an earthy array of recipes that squeeze the flavors and nutrients from root vegetables. Dig in as she dishes out a root vegetable salad with dried cherries, walnuts and maple vinaigrette, beet and carrot burgers with a tahini topping and, for dessert, decadent beet "red velvet" brownies. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Greens and Salad Dressings
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | March 28 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Greens grown with love and care ought to be dressed to impress. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz makes produce pop with flavor as she combines different oils and vinegars to create a creamy lemon tahini, a Moroccan ginger dressing and a French market vinaigrette. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Meal in a Bowl
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | April 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Great things come in small packages. Learn to combine and prepare foods to create a simple and healthy meal in a single bowl. Watch Chef Maggie Norris artfully layer ingredients to create perfectly balanced bites.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Eggs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

The egg is a powerhouse packed with six grams of high-quality protein--but few cooks crack into their full potential. Break a few eggs with Chef Teresa Hansen as she demonstrates a perfect the French omelet, scrambled eggs, sous-vide egg bites, a Havarti souffle with scallion and dill and an egg-based dessert such as creme brulee. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | April 14 | 2 - 4 p.m.

A dash of salt, a splash of oil, a couple common herbs-simple ingredients for relaxing baths and supple skin are right inside our cuppboards and backyards. Join Lynn Reves as she teaches you recipes to create bath salts, teas and fizzes sure to relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Farmers Market Foods
Regular Price: $89.00
Member Price: $71.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Instructed by Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.

Farmers Market Tour
Saturday | March 10 | 9 - 10 a.m.
You might be surprised by how much farm-fresh food is readily available amid the urban sprawl of Phoenix. Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz to learn what veggies, fruit and even prepared items to look for at your local farmers market. Participants will tour a local farmers market, and receive information about a meeting place prior to class. Transportation is not provided.

Farmers Market Dishes
Sunday | March 11 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Do justice to your local farmer by perfectly preparing your farmers market haul. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will show you how to perfect the art of preparing a meal and dessert using fresh farmers market fruits and vegetables. Learn quick and easy recipes to produce healthy meals. This class is demonstration only.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 9:00AM - 10:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Farmers Market Tour
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | March 10 | 9 - 10 a.m.

You might be surprised by how much farm-fresh food is readily available amid the urban sprawl of Phoenix. Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz to learn what veggies, fruit and even prepared items to look for at your local farmers market. Participants will tour a local farmers market, and receive information about a meeting place prior to class. Transportation is not provided. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 9:00AM - 10:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

Farmers Market Dishes
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | March 11 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Do justice to your local farmer by perfectly preparing your farmers market haul. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will show you how to perfect the art of preparing a meal and dessert using fresh farmers market fruits and vegetables. Learn quick and easy recipes to produce healthy meals.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Stop Inflammation
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | April 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Inflammation ranges from a slowing, irritating condition to a serious, painful symptom of a chronic disease-and in all cases is unwelcome. Learn all about what inflammation is, what contributes to it and how to address it to improve your health. This class will include a few easy anti-inflammatory recipes to help you combat inflammation. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Sara Korezeniewski. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Vegetarian Morocco
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 21 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Morocco's geographic location makes it a funnel for the flavors of Africa and Europe, resulting in a rich and wholesome cuisine. Take a culinary tour through the country with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Learn to prepare a fragrant vegetable tagine with exotic spices and a savory couscous dish with local medjool dates. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Sweet Dreams
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / May 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Traditional herbalist and chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will share her knowledge on preparing an aromatic salve for a good night's sleep. Each participant will prepare and take home a salve to use on the temple and forehead at bedtime. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 9, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Pasta Perfect
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

See Chef Terri Milligan mix, roll and cut her way through the delicate art of making fresh pasta. Discover how easy it is to whip up this culinary treat at home in a variety of flavors, even chocolate. Recipes include fettuccini with olive oil breadcrumbs and roasted chickpeas, beet ravioli filled with goat cheese in brown butter hazelnut sage reduction and a chocolate fettuccini with Nutella sauce and ice cream. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 12, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Breakfast Makeover
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.

In addition to filling our empty stomachs, our breakfast sets the pace of our whole day. Learn how to make grain-free hot cereal, muffins and pancakes, a deliciously sweet baked egg and vegetable pie, homemade sausage-flavored patties, creamy caffeine-free coffee alternatives, a new way to season bacon and a tidier way to cook it. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 19, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Cooking with Coconut
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 20 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Crack into the goodness hiding in coconuts. Their oil, butter, milk and flakes help control blood sugar, reduce inflammation and even stimulate metabolism. Sara Korezeniewski discusses these benefits, when to sub in this unsung superfood and how to make dishes like coconut curry, coconut-lemon bars, coconut chips and coconut yogurt. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, May 20, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

French Sauces
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | May 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Classic French cooking--a traditional standard of culinary mastery-is founded on rich sauces simmered long and studiously stirred to perfection. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates how to make three recipes featuring classic French sauces. Recipes include Bechamel and orecchietta pasta and olive oil toasted breadcrumb bake, grilled asparagus with hollandaise sauce and crispy prosciutto garnish and flat iron steak with espagnole sauce and sauteed wild mushrooms.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Art

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in mosaic, gourd art, drawing and painting, bonsai, and jewelry making.


Pollinators in Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Wednesdays / Feb. 21, 28 and Mar. 7 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths are the perfect subject for pen and ink. With their intricate anatomy and form, pollinators lend themselves to creating interesting details. Spend three sessions with artist Lynn Reves, exploring pen and ink techinques to draw your favorite pollinators. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Alcohol Ink Silk Scarf
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Saturday | March 10 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Add a stylish splash of color to your spring wardrobe while mastering the use of alcohol inks with instructor Sheryl Franklin. Participants will design an 11x60-inch silk scarf perfect for wearing, displaying or giving as a gift. All materials included. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Abstract in the Garden
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday / March 11 / Noon - 4 p.m.

Put on your Picasso-goggles and reimagine the desert canvas. Learn to apply abstract painting techniques like color mixing and shape layering to create an intuitive, visual impression of a garden. This class is free flowing-no realism or staying between the lines required. Use watercolors or acrylic paints to create an abstract scene. All skill levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lisa MacNamara. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Trapunto Needle Art
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / March 20, 21 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bring shadow and texture into your next colorful textile creation with the trapunto needlework style. This high-relief technique can be used in quilting, clothing and wall decor. Learn different ways to make your needlework pop in three dimensions. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Hummingbird Mosaic Sculpture
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $140.00
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Wednesday | March 21 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Those brief moments when a hummingbird darts into view are as sweet as the nectar they love. Capture their charm by making a 12-inch mosaic hummingbird from glistening glass tiles that attaches to a pedestal for display in your patio or garden. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Pine and Beaded Gourd
Regular Price: $133.00
Member Price: $106.00
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Sunday / March 25 / 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Give your gourd project a fittingly gorgeous rim using pine needles and beads. Finish your gourd with dye inks and pigments, then add beads and colorful metallic wire lashings. Sue Brogdon shares tips for using these materials, making negative space and keeping your rim structurally sound, and then demonstrates how to line the gourd with handmade paper. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Mar 25, 2018 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Gouache
Regular Price: $202.00
Member Price: $162.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Introduction to Gouache
Wednesdays | March 28, April 4 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A bit thicker than watercolors, gouache paint is a centuries-old medium that all painters should experience. This introductory class explores materials-including brushes, papers and pigments-and techniques for glazing and blending colors. Students take inspiration from seasonal flowers and plants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves.

Cacti in Gouache
Wednesdays | April 18, 25 and May 2 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The simple geometry of most cacti makes them excellent subjects for mastering shadow and texture in gouache. And with colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to endlessly interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet and dry brush methods to create exquisite cacti paintings. Click here for additional required materials.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Introduction to Gouache
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | March 28, April 4 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A bit thicker than watercolors, gouache paint is a centuries-old medium that all painters should experience. This introductory class explores materials-including brushes, papers and pigments-and techniques for glazing and blending colors. Students take inspiration from seasonal flowers and plants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Cacti in Gouache
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | April 18, 25 and May 2 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The simple geometry of most cacti makes them excellent subjects for mastering shadow and texture in gouache. And with colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to endlessly interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet and dry brush methods to create exquisite cacti paintings. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Fused Glass Pendants
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday / April 2 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Create a one-of-kind colorful glass pendant that makes a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. Beth Maggio demonstrates techniques and skills to fuse pieces of glass using pretreated molds. Participants select from a colorful array of glass and mold shapes to design their unique pendant. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Apr 2, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Whimsical Wind Chimes
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Thursday | April 5 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Blend the breeze into the sensory charms of your garden or patio with a custom wind chime. Use mesquite or cholla wood to hang colorful glass beads that will make a sweet sound whenever the wind blows. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 5, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Suminagashi Marbling
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | April 7 | 2 - 5 p.m.

Psychedelic tie-dye meets meditative printmaking in the Japanese art of suminagashi, or 'floating ink.' Students are introduced to techniques of suminagashi by floating colorful inks on water to capture unique patterns on paper. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 7, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Owl Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday | April 15 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Untangle your cluttered mind with the easy-to learn, relaxing patterns of the Zentangle drawing method. Feel an increase in focus and creativity as doodling stylized shapes provides artistic satisfaction and a greater sense of well-being. You will learn how to draw owls on watercolor paper with a Zentangle design and a watercolor wash. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 15, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Watercolor Blooms
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday | April 19 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Desert plants like the prickly pear and barrel cactus thrive in dry settings, but they do pretty well in watercolors, too. Get inspired by a botanical subject in the Garden, then experiment with basic watercolor techniques including color mixing, brushwork and adding materials. Apply your new skills to create a beautiful final piece on an 11x14-inch sheet of cold-press watercolor paper. All skill levels are welcome. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018 - Session : Thu, Apr 19, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Drum Gourd
Regular Price: $163.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Sunday | April 22 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Beat a gourd and feel the pulse of generations past. Take the opportunity to make a traditional gourd drum that reflects of your personal style. Display your masterpiece in your home or set the tempo for a jam session. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 22, 2018 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Botanical Illustration: Desert Trees
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $140.00
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Saturdays | May 5, 12, 19, 26 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

From its shady mesquites to its prickly ironwoods, the Garden's tree collection offers eclectic subjects perfect for training with color and watercolor pencils. Botanical illustrator Katherine Callingham guides you from start to finish as you create accurate botanical illustrations of desert trees. Through a variety of exercises and outdoor sessions, you will develop your own style and skills to become a botanical artist. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 5, 2018 8:30AM - 12:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Drawing Desert Animals
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Mondays | May 7, 14, 21 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the desert, it is relatively easy to catch of a glimpse of a wild critter, and even get one on camera, but capturing the animal's essence takes real creative skill. Join Devon Meyer to learn to depict the attitudes, postures and textures of desert animals. Each class consists of drawing exercises and fun challenges to enhance your drawing skills. Students leave with a small portfolio of sketches. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, May 7, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Designing Jewelry from the Desert
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | May 12 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cholla cacti leave behind woody skeletons that age beautifully in the desert sun and wind. Use them to create a textural necklace accented with real stone beads. Discover how to make your own copper-wire beads, forge clasps and finish your necklace with copper seed beads. Previous jewelry-making experience not required. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 12, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Botanical Mandalas
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Tuesdays | May 15, 22, 29 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

The ancient Sanskrit word mandala is associated with infinity, the planet and the environment. Participants will draw inspiration from a collection of seeds, leaves, pods, flowers and plants of the desert as they create botanical patterns that can be repeated on a mandala template. In this program, students choose a technique to render their botanical mandalas with line and color. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, May 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Sonoran Sun Catchers
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday and Thursday | May 16, 17 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add sparkle and shimmer to your garden setting by creating your own sun catchers! Create individual sun catchers that form a cascade of desert color. We will use copper wire fashioning a cactus or succulent shape with a sparkling set of vibrant beads. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use simple hand tools. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Julie Blankenship. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 16, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Glass Bead Garden Sparkler
Regular Price: $148.00
Member Price: $118.00
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Sunday | May 20 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Put some sparkle in your garden by designing your own colorful glass bead work of art. Cascading beaded wires radiating from a center point in a burst of color will brighten any garden. Join Gail Aubel as she guides you through a step-by-step process to construct a four-foot-tall original piece of garden art. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, May 20, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Wool Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Tuesday | May 29 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn basic needle-felting skills or add to your knowledge and experience. Create small cactus and succulents from wool roving. The finished items will be suitable for small pots, shadow boxes or fairy gardens. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Tue, May 29, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Desert Landscape School Events

Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series
Regular Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00
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As a Desert Landscape School credential holder, you are invited to attend the inaugural event of the Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series! This event brings Lattie Coor, past president of Arizona State University, to talk about lifelong learning and the merits and opportunities of learning new skills throughout your career. Refreshments will be served and this event is also an opportunity to connect with other credential holders. We look forward to seeing you at the Desert Botanical Garden for this event!

Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 5 - 7 p.m.

The Garden is grateful to Shoshana and Robert Tancer for making this series possible.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 5:00PM - 7:00PM   CLOSED

 
Family Classes
Create meaningful memories for the whole family while attending a desert exploration program about native plants and animals. These programs are designed for families with children ages 5 to 12, although children 17 and under are welcome. Prices listed include one child and one adult.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Saturday | Feb 10 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday | March 31 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | April 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. - noon to explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities.

Letterboxing 101
Regular Price: $42.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Jan. 20 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Take the whole family outdoors and explore nature through letterboxing, which combines solving clues, orienteering, and art journaling for the ultimate scavenger hunt. This class will provide materials to get you started and facilitate a special on-site adventure. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.

Backyard Birding
Regular Price: $43.00
Member Price: $36.00
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Saturday / Feb. 17 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Hit the trails to take part in one of the biggest citizen science projects in the world, the Great Backyard Bird Count. Garden instructors will show you how to use binoculars, identify common bird species and collect data to help scientists learn more about birds and their ecology. After the walk, make and take home a special treat to entice your own backyard birds. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.

Owl Prowl
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | April 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Note: This class has been updated from its previously listed date of April 1.

Enjoy a Garden night hike and get to know the sights and sounds of the night. Look for a myriad of critters that make our desert nights so unique, especially owls, and then special feathered friend will join us for a guest presentation. Program is designed for families with children ages 5-12, although kids ages 17 and under are welcome. Prices listed include one child and one adult. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Science
If you are intrigued by your environment and the living things that comprise it, explore the Garden's interactive science programs. The Garden offers classes designed to illuminate topics from Arizona geology and history to celestial objects in the desert sky. Discover the remarkable characteristics and behavior of desert animals or enjoy the history of desert people. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Backyard Astronomy
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / Feb. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona's night skies present the observer remarkable opportunities to gaze at the wonders of the celestial universe from their own backyard without the need of fancy or expensive instruments. In this class, participants will learn how to tell the difference between a planet and a star and more importantly where to locate them in the sky. Get acquainted with the night sky through group discussions and telescope observations. Instructed by Mario Gonzalez. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Arizona Weather
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Tuesday / Feb. 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Have you ever wondered why Arizona is so dry or why we have the famous monsoon season? Arizona has a uniquely diverse climate with hot desert summers and cold alpine winters. Learn about our state's varied climate and meteorology. Topics of discussion may also include winter storms, blazing heat, and severe weather associated with monsoon thunderstorms such as microbursts, haboobs, hail, flash floods and even tornadoes. Instructed by Mike Santoro from ASU's School of Geographical Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Memoir Writing: What's Your Story
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesdays / Feb. 21 & 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In this class, discover how to write your personal memories, help people make sense of them and determine the key moments in your life. Get ready to embark on the most rewarding writing endeavor you will undertake. Instructed by Barbara Geis. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

A to Z Bird Anatomy
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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This class has beeen CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Thursday and Saturday / February 22 & 24

Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Take a closer look at an alphabet of bird body parts, some exterior and some interior. This class will help you with bird identification and will give you a new appreciation of multiple miracles and amazing adaptations that make up a bird. A local field trip to several Tempe urban ponds will help integrate this new knowledge. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Evening Flights: Birds and Wines
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 5 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy the twilight hour in the beautiful Garden setting. In this program, we will take a leisurely stroll around the Garden observing the birds as they slip into their nighttime routines, discussing the species seen and their behaviors. Then, we will settle into a typical human nighttime routine--a flight of wines and cheeses to wrap up the evening, with additional information about birds and their nighttime strategies. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Participants must be 21 years or older to attend. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 5:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

Arizona Snakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Feb. 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is famous for its rich diversity of interesting and unique reptiles found nowhere else in the U.S. The Sonoran Desert is a center for snake diversity. In this class, you will learn about Arizona's more singular snakes along with those species that inhabit the Sonoran Desert. We will discuss the role these serpents play in the overall ecological picture and how they are vital to our desert ecosystem. Learn about their habitat, feeding habits and life history and improve your chances of spotting one of these fascinating creatures. Instructed by Randy Babb, Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Mammillaria
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / Feb. 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the diversity of the Mammillaria, the little giants of the cactus world. These gem-like cacti are highly prized among collectors and home hobbyists. Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden, will highlight and discuss the anatomy, natural history and identification of these beautiful little gems.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Phoenix: Where are We Going?
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / Feb. 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The city of Phoenix is a bustling and vibrant epicenter with a blossoming, sustainable and successful future. In this class, discuss where Phoenix has been, where we are and where we are going. Use the lens of sustainability to examine the growing pains of a vibrant desert city and how Phoenix compares to other locations around the world. Instructed by Colin Tetreault. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

History of the Salt and Verde River Dams
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | March 14 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Phoenix and the Salt River Valley owe their existence to the water that flows through the dams and reservoirs of the Salt and Verde Rivers, as well as the canal system that delivers it here. How were these dams and canals located and built? How essential are they today for water, power and recreation? Join Leah Harrison, historical analyst with SRP, as she discuss the history and importance of the Salt and Verde River systems. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Mar 14, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Geology of Papago Park
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Dig into the windswept geology of Papago Park, an iconic local site that is millions of years old. Dr. Stephen Reynolds and Julia Johnson from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration discuss Earth's major geological features and processes, then narrow this into a framework for understanding the formation of Papago Park and its surrounds. Head out for an easy two-hour guided walk along one of the trails near the Garden to explore the park's history and geology. Touch, examine and interpret the rocks with your eyes and a hand lens, just like a real Earth scientist! Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Bird-Watching for Beginners
Regular Price: $158.00
Member Price: $126.00
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Join Kathe Anderson as you discover the basics of birding. This series of classes include field trips to local birding areas where you will be able to hone your fledgling skills. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all three classes by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.


Offer expires March 6. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars.


Birding 101
Saturday | March 24 | 2 - 5 p.m.
Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations.

Birding: Bills, Behavior and Diet
Thursday | April 5 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday | April 6 | 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (field trip)

Successful bird-watching takes more than guesswork and luck. Give your birding life wings with a deeper understanding of anatomy and behavior. Start predicting specific bird movements by finding the seeds, fruit, nuts or prey suited to each bird's bill. Then learn to look and listen for their many behaviors-noisy, silent, shy, bold, solitary, communal, active or sedentary.

Birding: Environment and Families
Wednesday | April 18 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | April 21 | 7 - 10 a.m. (field trip)

Make birding an immersive practice by gaining an intimate knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Arizona's habitats include low desert to high elevation tundra, rivers, urban and rural spaces and transition zones. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in them.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Birding 101
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | March 24 | 2 - 5 p.m.

Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations. The field experience will help participants find birds, as well as develop a vocabulary of field marks for identification. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Birding: Bills, Behaviors and Diet
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday | April 5 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday | April 6 | 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (field trip)


Successful bird-watching takes more than guesswork and luck. Give your birding life wings with a deeper understanding of anatomy and behavior. Start predicting specific bird movements by finding the seeds, fruit, nuts or prey suited to each bird's bill. Then learn to look and listen for their many behaviors-noisy, silent, shy, bold, solitary, communal, active or sedentary. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 5, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Birding: Environment and Families
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | April 18 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | April 21 | 7 - 10 a.m. (field trip)


Make birding an immersive practice by gaining an intimate knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Arizona's habitats include low desert to high elevation tundra, rivers, urban and rural spaces and transition zones. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in these areas, including seasonal migration fluctuations. The field experience will focus on habitats birds frequently occupy. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Javelina
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 4 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Whether you think javelina are cute desert neighbors or pesky backyard invaders, learning about them facilitates happy, healthy cohabitation. While piggish in appearance, javelina are actually members of the peccary family, a native group of hoofed mammals. Learn about their natural history, habitats, features and behaviors from Randy Babb of Arizona Game and Fish. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Mars
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | March 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona has been at the forefront of Mars exploration since Percival Lowell chose a hilltop near Flagstaff to build his observatory in 1894. Intensive Mars exploration continues today through the state's universities and the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff. Sweeping their magnified eyes across the red planet, generations of Arizona astronomers have been especially vigilant for signs of Martian life. Dr. Steve Ruff from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration discusses the state of knowledge about the geology of Mars, its potential for habitability and his newly published evidence of ancient hot springs and the possibility of preserved microbial life. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Mar 29, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Birding by Ear
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | April 15 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Dusk and dawn draw the songs out of mockingbirds, grackles and warblers, but singing is just one aspect of these birds' daily communication repertoire. Not all birds sing, but most have vocalizations and other techniques for making themselves heard. This class will discuss bird sound anatomy, the variety of noises and melodies we hear locally, and tips about how to start listening. A walk in the Garden to hear these songs will be included. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 15, 2018 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (11 AVAIL)

Arizona Lizards
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | April 19 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Dinosaur descendants are regular inhabitants of desert backyards, but most of us know little about even the most common lizard species. Which ones rid us of unwanted insects? Which ones are venomous? Learn the basics of Arizona's lizards with Randy Babb of Arizona Game and Fish. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Sonoran Mineralogy Lab
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | April 21 | 10 a.m. - Noon

The discovery of coveted minerals helped fuel the modern development that allows us to live in the Phoenix area today. Explore Sonoran Desert mineralogy and get answers to common questions. Why are some minerals shiny and some dull? Why are some common and others precious? Through discussion and hands-on investigation, learn about mineral formation, and gain the basic geologic skills needed to identify various minerals and understand their unique natural properties. Instructed by Ray Grant. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Myths, Legends and Oddities of the Southwest
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | April 21 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Arizona is a land of Native American mythology, Spanish ghost stories, Wild West legends, lost gold mines and mysteries far stranger than fiction. Join historian Jim Turner to learn about Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, stage robberies, the Camel Expedition, the Captivity of the Oatman Girls, the Lost Dutchman Mine and much more. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Curandera Walk
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | April 22 | 10 a.m. - Noon

The Sonoran Desert sustains the tradition of the curandera, or folk healer, thanks to its abundance of plants with practical health benefits. Take a journey through native Sonoran Desert plants traditionally used in herbal remedies, medicinal teas, soothing oils and more. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz covers some of the most commonly seen plants, as well as their ethnobotanical uses, current applications and which parts are best to use. After a walk around the Garden she will discuss and talk about the plants over a delicious tea from plants of the area. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, Apr 22, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Tequila Making and History
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | April 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tequila is one of the most popular distilled beverages in America today, and its roots are firmly planted here in the desert southwest. This course will explore the process and history of tequila making, as well as the native cultures it came from and how it is now integrated into our own. Instructed by Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Apr 30, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Apache People
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesdays | May 9, 16 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Eduardo Pagan, a host of the popular PBS series "History Detectives," as he provides an overview of one of Arizona's most misunderstood native communities, the Apaches. He discusses the origins and ethnic difference among Apache communities, summarizing significant scholarly studies about Apaches, and reveals their impact on Arizona history. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, May 9, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | May 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden combing the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. After an overview of the constellations, learn what stars mean to us now and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, May 19, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

The Science of Storytelling
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | May 20 | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

From the ancient cave to the frontier fire pit to the modern dining-room table, humans have always made spaces for stories. Skilled storytellers hypnotize their audiences, create communal bonds and even offer catharsis. Learn techniques such as building a suspenseful plot narrative, creating audience interaction, volume dynamics, body language and theatrics, as well as how to build a rhythmic speaking cadence. Gary Every will walk you through how to construct and tell a compelling story in any setting. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2018: Sun, May 20, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

Feathers and Fluff
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | May 21 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Birds are defined by their feathers. In this interactive class, we will look closely at feather structure, color and function, and share curious feather facts. We will discuss how knowing more about feathers will make you a better birder. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, May 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

How Plants Work
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | May 24 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

How does a plant move water from its roots to its leaves? This is a fundamental question of how plants function, and is the starting point for understanding much of the evolution of plants and other organisms that use light for energy. This class explores the processes and structures plants use to move water, and then touches on how this has shaped the evolution of plant life on earth. Instructed by Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, May 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to subsitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Travel and Adventure
The Garden offers guided travel and adventure suited to a wide variety of interests and schedules. Hike riparian habitats and mountains of southwest Arizona or enjoy the summer exploring cooler climate areas. Watch the sun rise or set as you float along the Salt River. Marvel at thousands of cranes on one of our bird-watching tours. Expand your travel portfolio and learn from experts in the field. Watch feature locations come alive when paired with our rich and diverse programming.

Taste of Arizona: Page Springs
Regular Price: $411.00
Member Price: $329.00
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Friday / Feb. 23 / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Travel with us to explore Arizona's booming wine industry in the Verde Valley. Enjoy a day of tasting award-winning wines at Page Springs Cellars while exploring their vineyards. Get a glimpse of the types of grapes grown and farming practices. A private lunch awaits in their vineyard where the menu highlights gourmet food preparation. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 12.

Day-trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Lunch
  • Private tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Bottled water and snacks
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Session Winter 2017-2018: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 8:00AM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

Wildflower Photography
Regular Price: $344.00
Member Price: $275.00
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Saturday | March 10 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Monday | March 12 | 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (field trip)


In spring the desert ignites with the yellows, reds and purples of wildflower blooms-and you will be there ready to capture their beauty. Joanne West provides instruction on camera settings and appropriate gear to use, composition, and other tips to take powerful wildflower photos. The accompanying field trip to Peridot Mesa gives participants the opportunity to practice their new skills with one-on-one instruction. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, lunch and permit fee. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $1,099.00
Member Price: $879.00
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Thursday - Saturday | Apr. 12 - 14
Members: $879 | General Public: $1099


Join scientists from across the globe in the "Galapagos of North America," a fascinating wonderland of soaring peaks and riparian forests. One of the top birding places in the U.S. and home to the brilliantly colored Elegant Trogon, the Chiricahua Mountains will mesmerize you with hidden secrets on a journey designed especially for Garden members and bird enthusiasts. Get to experience life as a naturalist as you stay and learn at the American Museum of Natural History, Southwestern Research Station. Participants must be able to walk at least two miles with moderate grade changes and uneven terrain.

Trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Certified naturalist guide
  • Lodging for two nights
  • All meals during two-day stay

Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 - Sat, Apr 14, 2018 7:00AM - 5:00PM   WAIT LIST

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday | April 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden abounds with hand-selected stone perimeters, meandering paths, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Tour includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2018: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Four Peaks and Full Moon Photography
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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Wednesday | April 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Sunday | April 29 | 5 - 8:30 p.m. (field trip)


When the rare opportunity to shoot a setting sun and rising moon in the same evening arises, students in this class will be ready with cameras poised to capture stellar compositions. In addition to explaining optimal camera settings, instructor Robert McBride takes the class to a stunning vantage point featuring the famous Four Peaks summits. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring camera, user guide and wide-angle and telephoto lenses. A tripod, cable release and flashlight are highly recommended. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday | May 3 | 9 - 11 a.m.

More than an architectural marvel, Tovrea Castle boasts must-see gardens containing more than 5,000 cacti of 100 plus varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society lead a tour of the castle main floor and basement, then a Garden guide gives a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, pants and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, May 3, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Wine, Water and Adventure
Regular Price: $419.00
Member Price: $335.00
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Friday | May 18 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign-up by March 5 and receive $15 off.
Members: $350 | General Public: $438

Offer expires on March 6, subject to availability.

May we recommend the red blend? The tasteful day in and around Red Rock Country begins at V-Bar-V Heritage Site, home to Arizona's largest known petroglyphs, and then swirls into the exquisite Verde Valley for a kayak trip on the scenic Verde River. Then its bottoms up at the Alcantara Vineyards for a sampling of their award-winning wines among beautiful grape vines and rolling hills. Transportation departs promptly from the Garden at 7 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Limit 10.

Trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Certified naturalist guide
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2018: Fri, May 18, 2018 7:00AM - 6:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Travel and Adventure program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date minus 30% of the registration cost. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2).

 
Early Childhood Programs
Most brain development in children happens in the first eight years, and much of it in the first three. Nature education programs at the Garden are a fantastic way to promote your child's development.

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact the Children's Education Registrar at 480-481-8121.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday/ Jan 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR
Saturday / Feb 10 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9am and noon to explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities. Garden staff will be present to answer questions about our children and family programming.

Baby Boojums - Winter
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Discover nature at an early age through exploration, movement, and song. Garden instructors guide children ages 6-30 months and their caregivers in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings - Winter
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions with each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Introduce your little ones to the wonders of nature through exploration, movement and song. Garden instructors will guide you and your child in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Classes this spring will focus on garden birds and plants. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings- Spring
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions between each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Summer Camp ages 5-12
Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Campers will break out into groups by age to take part in outdoor experiences, children's literature, free choice learning, art projects and more! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.



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Our Desert Rocks
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 4 - 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Uncover mysteries of our past through science! Discover the wonders of our unique Arizona geology this summer through experiments with mineral identification, fossil excavations, homemade crystals and more. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 - Fri, Jun 8, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Creepy Crawly Critters
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 11 - 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Uncover the truth about the animals that creep, crawl and make people cringe. Step into the shoes of a scientist as you explore the ecology of these fascinating species, learn their beneficial roles and even meet some of them in the classroom. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 - Fri, Jun 15, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Unlikely Partners
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 18 - 22 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

How could a palo verde tree benefit from a little pocket mouse? A starling from a woodpecker? A wasp from a tarantula? Become an ecologist and piece together the relationships between plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert through experiments, activities and exploration in the Garden. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Color Quest
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 25 - 29 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Discover why jays are blue, where rainbows come from and how ground-up insects create a red dye! Learn all about the science of color and art, from creating natural pigments to exploring physics of light refraction. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 25, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Summer Camp 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $350.00
Member Price: $300.00
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Register for two weeks of camp by May 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

You can select your camp weeks during checkout.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Summer Camp 3 Weeks
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $450.00
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Register for three weeks of camp by May 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

You can select your camp weeks during checkout.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Summer Camp 4 Weeks
Regular Price: $650.00
Member Price: $600.00
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Register for four weeks of camp by May 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

You can select your camp weeks during checkout.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 8:31AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Our Desert Rocks Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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June 4 - 8 | 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive a discount.
After May 1, Extended Camp will be available for purchase at regular daily price.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 - Fri, Jun 8, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Creepy Crawly Critter Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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June 11 - 15 | 3 - 6 p.m.


The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive a discount.
After May 1, Extended Camp will be available for purchase at regular daily price.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 - Fri, Jun 15, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Unlikely Partners Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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June 18- 22 | 3 - 6 p.m.


The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive a discount.
After May 1, Extended Camp will be available for purchase at regular daily price.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 - Fri, Jun 22, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Color Quest Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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June 25 - 29 | 3 - 6 p.m.


The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive a discount.
After May 1, Extended Camp will be available for purchase at regular daily price.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 25, 2018 - Fri, Jun 29, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN
CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Spring Break Camp
Children become scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children's art and literature, free choice learning and more.



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Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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Grades K - 5

Discover how truly fun it can be to think green in this interactive and hands-on day camp. Your child will discover innovative ways to help the planet by reusing everyday objects to solve real life challenges. Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Grades K - 5

The science doesn't have to end! Each day, our Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. You may register for individual days or a full week of Extended Camp (see package deal below). Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week One 2018
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 12 and receive an exclusive 15 percent discount!

March 12 - 16 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 - Fri, Mar 16, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week Two 2018
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 20 and receive an exclusive 15 percent discount!

March 19 - 23 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 - Fri, Mar 23, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Teens in the Garden
TEENS IN THE GARDEN (TIG) PROGRAM
Know any teens 13 to 18 years old who are interested in a fun and interactive plant-science adventure? Let them know about this priceless opportunity to gain experience and work closely with Garden staff and volunteers. During monthly gatherings throughout the school year teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens. With the help of experienced plant biologists, the teen team will contribute to an international scientific database - giving them skills and experiences needed for college and beyond.

Teens in the Garden 2017-18
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden Program will focus on citizen science, volunteer projects, horticulture, and research at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Registration fee: $50 per year.
Meeting dates: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5
Time: 1- 4 p.m.