Welcome
The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Children, Family & Educators
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
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.

 
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.

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays l Jan. 8 - March 19 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are redesigning an existing landscape or creating a brand new design, it is vital to have sustainability in mind and make use of rainwater and green building materials. Gain practical knowledge of desert soils, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices to start creating more resilient and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces. Garden experts offer hands-on lessons covering water harvesting and irrigation in real-life landscaping scenarios that empower students to do it on their own with confidence.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 - Tue, Mar 19, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays l Jan. 10 - March 21 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 - Thu, Mar 21, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

Desert Landscape Installation 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.
  • Planting and Maintenance Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays l Jan. 12 - Feb. 9 l 8 a.m. - Noon

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and the proper sequence of installation. In this five-week program, our experts guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students have the opportunity to install a landscape with Habitat for Humanity. Learn how to install earthworks, irrigation systems and plants.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 - Sat, Feb 9, 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or want 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.

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l Jan. 6 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. Learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees other than citrus in the low desert, when to plant and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization. Instructed by Steve Sheard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Spring Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Jan. 7 | Noon - 2 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your winter vegetable gardens, you need to start thinking about spring planting. Horticulturist 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. A successful spring garden awaits! Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 7, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Front Yard Makeover
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Jan. 9 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Go from drab to fab! Give your home's curb appeal a boost by learning how to add intriguing and inviting touches for a unique entry experience. Get inspired by local before-and-after examples that range from modified front walkways to complete makeovers. Discuss plants, hardscape materials and design options, and how you can implement them into your own front yard. Instructed by Marie White, landscape designer. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday l Jan. 10 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Citrus trees offer food, shade and color, without too much required maintenance. Learn how to select the varieties that will ensure fresh citrus for up to nine months. Pam Perry discusses correct planting techniques and suitable locations, how to properly water and fertilize your citrus, and how to protect them from diseases, insects and harsh weather. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

How to Grow a Tomato
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

You can grow juicy, succulent tomatoes right here in the Sonoran Desert. Learn which tomatoes-determinate or indeterminate, hybrids or heirlooms-you can grow and how to harvest them. Discover the many varieties of shapely, colorful tomatoes, including pear, plum, slicer, salad and cherry. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Growing Succulent Euphorbia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon

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 Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Meditation Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Jan. 15 l 6 - 8 p.m.

A garden is a natural place for meditation and tranquility. Meditation gardens are designed to engage all five senses and remind you to be present in the moment. Learn how to create and design your own meditation garden. Participants will create a diagram with elements that engage and relax their senses. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for Home Landscape Design I and II by Jan. 1 receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 2. 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 | Jan. 16, 23 | 6 - 8 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 | Feb. 6, 13 | 6 - 8 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.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays l Jan. 16, 23 l 6 - 8 p.m.

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.

Landscaping for Small Spaces
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday l Jan. 17 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Small spaces, common to an urban environment, present some of the biggest challenges for landscapers. Learn how to design elegant landscapes for areas like courtyards, outdoor balconies and side yards. This class offers suggestions for hardscapes and plants that are beautiful and easy to maintain. Instructed by Marie White, landscape designer. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Desert Gardening Maintenance: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays | Jan. 16, 23 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Do you ever wonder if you are doing the right garden chores at the right time of the year? Learn the best times to plant, prune and perform other critical maintenance tasks and how to plan ahead for year-round color. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes, horticulturist at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Terrarium Gardens
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves as you create a whimsical miniature garden under glass. This class offers step-by-step instructions on how to use landscape techniques to build a garden setting. A variety of miniature plants, rocks, shells and moss will be provided to design your terrarium. All materials included with class attendance. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories. Limit 15.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Small Patio Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Jan. 22 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Imagine creating an intimate patio or courtyard with small desert trees or large shrubs. With the right care, these plants can provide natural shade or create a feeling of privacy. Join Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden, as she discusses the best trees and shrubs that can be used to grace your patio or courtyard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

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 open-composts come in all sorts of styles. Find the one that's right for you. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays l Jan. 24, 31 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Your dream of garden-to-table dinners may be easier to achieve than you think. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time 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 add fresh vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Feel your stresses wilt away, and your creativity blossom, through ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday l Jan. 26 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l Jan. 27 l 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 Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Gardening for Desert Tortoises
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Making a healthy habitat for a desert tortoise involves offering a wide variety of plants for both food and shelter. Growing these plants in your garden not only provides a home for your desert tortoise but also offers your garden beauty, color and interest. Christine Brehm explains how to create a plant palette for both you and your tortoise to enjoy year-round. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Color Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 28 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Harness the colors of vibrant desert-adapted plants for a garden that delights the eye. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shows how to incorporate color throughout your outdoor space using plants, garden art and other elements. She also covers plant placement and how to combine colors for maximum effect. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Valentine Bonsai
Regular Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Mondays l Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 l 6 - 8 p.m.

In these extended classes, you can either learn how to turn a Valentine emu into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Instructors Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. Learn how to control insects, foster survival during summer months and prune for maximum bloom. Limit 30.


Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Gardens of all sizes can play host to the culinary herbs used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. Learn how to grow and care for these useful plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulents for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 6 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Whether planted in the ground or potted in containers, succulents make a stunning addition to any landscape. Learn to care for and maintain healthy, vibrant succulents purchased from the store or grown from seeds, cuttings or divisions. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Package Deal: SketchUp Landscape Design
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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SketchUp Pro is a powerful 3D modeling software that accurately builds 3D landscape designs. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help 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.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Wednesday | Feb. 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.
In 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 3D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

SketchUp: Next Steps
Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan and modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 6 l 1 - 3 p.m.

In 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 3D model. SketchUp®: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp®: Next Steps. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 13 l 1 - 4 p.m.

Enhance your SketchUp
skills by designing a landscape using advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan and modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class. Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 1 - 3 p.m.

Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class. Limit 15.

Aloes for Desert Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Discover the many varieties of aloes-beyond aloe vera-that are best suited to harsh desert summers. Discuss placement, sun tolerance, frost hardiness and watering needs. If properly selected, you can have something in bloom all year. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of the Agavaceae, Aloaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Low-Desert Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday l Feb. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Step into the whimsical world of container gardening with Carol Stuttard. Learn about the different mixes to use, the correct watering techniques and how to maximize microclimates. This class covers design features of containers and plants, and includes a planting demonstration. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l Feb. 16 l 9 a.m. - Noon

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The details of irrigation-controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l Feb. 17 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Container gardening adds color and fragrance to balconies, patios or any small space. Herbs are among the easiest, prettiest and most rewarding plants for pots. Learn how to grow basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, lavender, parsley, rosemary, and how to pick the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Best Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Desert natives 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 walk through the Garden, as she identifies and recommends the best plants and gives instruction about growing them in your garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Growing Milkweeds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Asclepias, or milkweeds, are vital host plants for queen and monarch butterfly larvae. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. Learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed and cuttings will be provided. Instructed by Natalie Melkonoff and Steve Blackwell, program coordinators for the Great Milkweed Grow Out at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Plant Grafting 
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard discusses and demonstrates how you can have more fruit varieties though the use of various grafting and budding methods, including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class also covers collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. Rootstock and scion wood, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Flowering All Year
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 26 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Our year-round sunshine means that we can enjoy flowering landscapes throughout the year. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shares her favorite plants that flower throughout most of the year, as well as tips for using plants with overlapping bloom seasons. Part of the class will be spent walking through the garden looking at examples of year-round flowering plants. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Pollinator Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 27 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Maximize your garden's potential with a colorful array of plants that pollinators can't resist. Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and heartwarming hummingbirds to your garden. Carol Stuttard shares tips about specific plants and their care. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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.

Patterns in Nature
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Jan. 5 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Look to wildlife and nature as you learn quintessential elements of composition. Discussion includes the rule of thirds, the Fibonacci sequence, leading lines, color harmony, tension, positive and negative space, journalistic photography styles, power points, post-processing concepts and more. Open to all digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Painting Electric Desert
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l Jan. 7 l 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographs through light painting using the Garden's Electric Desert as inspiration. Join Ashley Lowery to learn ways the exhibition's wild lightshow can become photographic brushstrokes through long exposures. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will "paint" the desert scene and plants with light. For DSLR cameras with a monopod only. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 7, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

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.

Nature Photography as Art
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Thursday and Wednesday l Jan. 10, 16 l 3 - 6 p.m.

Artistic photographer Joanne West will share ways to use composition, color theory and creative post-processing techniques to dramatically increase the impact of your photos. These classes include guided photography practice in the Garden, digital post processing tips and a final review of your images. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Digital Desert Photography
Regular Price: $160.00
Member Price: $128.00
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Take guided steps to photographic excellence using digital cameras. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Getting Started and Next Steps by Jan. 1 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Saturday and Tuesday | Jan. 12, 15
Saturday | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Tuesday | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which settings to use and when. Joanne West will go over basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.

Next Steps
Saturday and Wednesday | Feb. 9, 13
Saturday | 1 - 5 p.m. | Wednesday | 5:30 - 8:30 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. This class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Tuesday | Jan. 12, 15
Saturday | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday | 10 a.m. - 1 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. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Wednesday | Feb. 9, 13
Saturday | 1 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday | 5:30 - 8:30 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. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l Jan. 12 l 9 a.m. - 12 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 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 Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday l Jan. 13 l 1 - 5 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 Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Motion Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l Jan. 14 l 5 - 8 p.m.

Discover how to capture motion in your photos using the Garden's new exhibition Electric Desert as your muse. Joanne West discusses basic shooting techniques for freezing action, creating blur and how to deal with moving subjects creatively. You will examine the importance of focus, shutter speeds and how proper equipment is essential for taking great action shots. This class is open to all digital or mirrorless camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Monopod recommended. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Electric Desert Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Learn to capture the intriguing nuances and depths of your favorite landscapes at nightfall. Robert McBride guides you through your camera's settings for reducing grain and maximizing subtle light sources. As a bonus, this timely class also includes practice shooting the artistic light displays in the Electric Desert exhibition. Limit 10.

Package Deal - Nature in Winter
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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Let your photography skills snowball into mastery. Explore the tools and techniques to photograph winter landscapes and wildlife. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Nature in Winter: Introduction and In the Field by the Jan. 1 and receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.


The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking, but hard to capture. Join Robert McBride to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from taking advantage of the soft winter light to creating images that are beautifully exposed amid bright conditions. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual.

Nature in Winter: In the Field
Saturday | Jan. 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Explore the winter wonderland of Sedona's Red Rocks with Robert McBride. Discover techniques to capture winter scenes, from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking, but hard to capture. Join Robert McBride to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from taking advantage of the soft winter light to creating images that are beautifully exposed amid bright conditions. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Nature in Winter: In the Field
Regular Price: $312.00
Member Price: $250.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Explore the winter wonderland of Sedona's Red Rocks with Robert McBride. Discover techniques to capture winter scenes, from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras.This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Video
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Take advantage of the stellar video features of your iPhone or iPad to become a mobile cinematographer. In this program, you will use the sights and sounds of the Garden's Electric Desert exhibition as a muse as you learn to create artistic videos and master skills to capture all sorts of memorable events. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Deanna Dent. Limit 15.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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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: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday l Jan. 28 l 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, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Automatic Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday | Feb. 1 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Do you ever wish you could take high-quality photographs without mastering numerous complicated settings? If so, this fun and engaging session will teach you seven powerful but simple techniques to help you avoid common mistakes while capturing beautiful images-all while keeping the camera on "auto." Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Explore the art of the up-close and personal: macro photography. Discuss ways to get close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Ordinary to Extraordinary
Regular Price: $93.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday and Wednesday | Feb. 4, 6 | 5 - 7 p.m.

Often it is not what you shoot, but how and when you shoot it, that makes for an extraordinary photograph. Learn to use the elements of design, camera settings, lighting and cropping techniques to enhance composition. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 5:00PM - 7:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Pollinator Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Many of the Sonoran Desert's pollinating species burst with as much color as the plants they assist. Lisa Langell demonstrates how to capture these colorful critters after discussing camera settings, flash setups and more. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (8 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Mastering the Tools of Photography
Regular Price: $191.00
Member Price: $153.00
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The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all three classes by Jan. 1 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Mastering Exposure
Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.

You will examine your camera's various metering systems and learn why different systems can produce better results under different conditions. Click here for required equipment.

The Secret of Lighting
Wednesday | Feb. 20 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.

This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Click here for required equipment.

Composition
Wednesday | Feb. 27 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Learn rules for composing photographs and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Mastering Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 5 l 1 - 4:30 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 Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 20 l 1 - 4:30 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. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 27 l 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. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Master Your Point-and-Shoot Camera
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Monday l Feb. 11 l 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rediscover the versatility of point-and-shoot cameras to snap family portraits, landscapes, close-ups of nature and even tough subjects like fireworks and night scenes. Joanne West and John Marino shows when to use scene modes, macro, flash modes and manual settings. Head into the Garden to learn to recognize and respond to various lighting situations along with ways to compose for more powerful images. After a short break for lunch, review your photos and discuss composition and framing. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 8:00AM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Monday l Feb. 11 l 5:30 - 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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes in this class designed for amateur photographers. With hands-on guidance, participants use creative experiments to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations. Participants should bring digital or film SLR camera, wide-angle or medium zoom lens, tripod, cable or remote shutter release (optional) and flashlight. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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 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.

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 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 Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.

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 Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 | 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 Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

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 Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability

Wednesdays | Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 | 4 - 5 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 Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

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 Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability

Tuesdays | Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 | 8 - 9 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 Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   (18 AVAIL)

Hair Masks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Jan. 5 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Learn to tame even the frizziest mane with an all-natural, homemade hair mask filled with oils and herbs to nourish your scalp and hair roots. Discover the range of natural ingredients that create luxurious hair masks to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Healthy Skin
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 10 a.m. - Noon

We all want healthy, glowing skin. The truth is that skin care is simple, and you do not have to spend money on expensive products and treatments. Join us, and learn how to get naturally radiant skin and create custom facemasks for your unique skin type, using ingredients found in your local grocery store. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Kira Merrick. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Healthy Casseroles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Casseroles make a great weeknight dinner or the perfect dish to bring to a friendly gathering. Learn how to
lighten up your favorite casseroles without sacrificing flavor. From baked pastas to chicken and vegetable recipes, these easy, make-ahead dishes can be frozen and served fresh when you need them, and will not leave you feeling guilty for the second helping. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Train Your Brain: Focus
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Distraction is the enemy of focus. This class equips you to build attention "muscles" and avoid time-wasting diversions that derail brain activity and goals. Join brain-training expert Phyllis Strupp for fun exercises in the Garden that reveal how attention works as you strengthen brain pathways to focus on what really matters. Class includes a personal plan and copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Healthy Menudo
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Jan. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

This winter, tuck into a savory bowl of menudo with Chef Maria Cano. A traditional Mexican soup, menudo transforms uncommon ingredients like tripe and hominy into a rich, textured one-dish meal that will set your soul aglow. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Winter Weather Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Get cozy from the inside out with a few tried-and-true winter favorites. Chef Maggie Norris creates and shares a dish of roasted carrots, onions and fennel with mint; mashed potato casserole with sage and fontina cheese; and pepita-crusted seared trout. Wrap up the seasonal session with pumpkin bread pudding with caramel sauce. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Wild Rice
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Commonly misperceived as a purely Asian import, rice goes way back in Native American diets. Learn a bit about its cultivation history, and then watch Chef Terri Milligan whip up a morning rice porridge with nuts and dried fruit called Mahnomen; a wild rice and sweet corn bisque; wild rice crackers; and a wild rice, Brussels sprouts, dried cherry and walnut salad. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Fabulous Flan
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Make a flan you will want to flaunt. A traditional Latin American dessert that traces its roots back to the ancient Romans, this beloved custard is simple to make and can be the perfect way to end a meal. Learn how to create the perfect flan and add different variations on a classic recipe. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Homemade
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both Homemade Cream Puffs and Homemade Pickling by Jan. 1 and receive a 20 percent discount.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Homemade Cream Puffs
Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the art of making cream puffs (or pâte à choux as the French say). Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates her technique to make the perfect puff, and then transforms the puff dough into a savory artichoke heart and dill cocktail puff, and a delectable dessert cream puff shaped to look like a delicate swan, complete with edible wings. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.

Homemade Pickling
Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There are more things to pickle than cucumbers. Chef Terri Milligan delves into the world of quick pickling with everything from beet juice-pickled deviled eggs to pickling fruits like peaches. You will even learn to make your own pickled ginger. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Homemade Cream Puffs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the art of making cream puffs (or pâte à choux as the French say). Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates her technique to make the perfect puff, and then transforms the puff dough into a savory artichoke heart and dill cocktail puff, and a delectable dessert cream puff shaped to look like a delicate swan, complete with edible wings. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Homemade Pickling
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There are more things to pickle than cucumbers. Chef Terri Milligan delves into the world of quick pickling with everything from beet juice-pickled deviled eggs to pickling fruits like peaches. You will even learn to make your own pickled ginger. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Italian Favorites
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her favorite Italian-inspired recipes, including how to make homemade mozzarella. Learn to make a classic caprese salad made with homemade mozzarella, a creamy risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and a classic chicken picatta with lemon caper sauce. For dessert, enjoy a riff on a traditional tiramisu. Chef Terri's version is made with fresh berries, a touch of orange and creamy mascarpone cheese. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Appetizers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Maria Cano shares her favorite appetizers, all of which are made easy with the right materials and a few fun rolling techniques. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Savory Pies and Tarts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Pies and tarts do not have to be sweet! Try a savory rendition, perfect for a winter supper. Learn to make a vegetarian shepherd's pie with a sweet potato topping; a roasted vegetable and goat cheese galette (free-form tart); and a carrot, ricotta and fresh herb puff-pastry tart. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teri Milligan. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tantalizing Tortillas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There is nothing like a fresh, homemade flour tortilla straight off the comal, or Mexican griddle. Join Chef Maria Cano as she reveals how to make perfect flour tortillas that can be used for burritos or as a complement to many Mexican dishes. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Global Inspired Breakfast
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Be inspired by the many flavorful ways that the world wakes up using globally inspired recipes, such as eggs scrambled with chorizo, or pancakes made with coconut milk. Mix up your traditional breakfast items to include new flavors to fuel your day. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (10 AVAIL)

Powders
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Innovative chefs are starting to empower their dishes with powders. No longer simply for sprinkling, intense powders like matcha, cacao, ground turmeric, maca root and powdered egg whites are infused into dishes for added nutrition and flavor. Get ahead of the curve by learning to incorporate powders into everything from nutrition bars to soups to baked goods. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 1 - 3 p.m.

From the freshening power of handpicked dill to the pesto-y potency of hand-torn basil, fresh herbs lend intoxicating flavor profiles to all kinds of dishes. Discover an awesome array of fresh herb pairings from chef and traditional herbalist Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Savory Soups and Scones
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes three savory soups from scratch, starting with a rich vegetable stock made with various vegetable shavings that most people normally discard. Then learn to make the perfect pairing for the soups-a savory fresh herb and Gruyère cheese scone. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Curious About Curry
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Curry dishes are a favorite in Indian cuisine, with deep and savory flavors coming from aromatic spice blends. Learn the secrets of how to create healthy and delicious North and South Indian curries using a blend of fragrant spices, nuts and fruits. To finish, calm your taste buds by learning how to prepare kheer, a simple sweet dish made using milk and basmati rice, garnished with nuts, spices or raisins. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Introduction to Perfume Making
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Feb. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Get a whiff of the wonders of DIY perfume making. Discuss the history of perfume, methods of oil extraction, and learn how perfumers blend various scent notes into mixtures called accords. Experiment with building your own perfume as you learn how the individual properties of notes translate into viable, long-lasting scents. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Rigby. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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.


Copper Foil Repoussé
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday l Jan. 12 l 1 - 4 p.m.

Scaly, spiny, spiky, thorny, smooth or layered-texture abounds in desert life! Explore the textures of desert plants and animals by creating 5x5-inch abstract reliefs in embossed copper and aluminum foil repoussé, French for "relief by hammering on the reverse side." Apply a black finish to the relief and wipe away for a beautifully textured creation. Participants can create their images by taking photographs, drawing directly from nature, or using images provided by the instructor. All materials included with class attendance. Participants should bring photos or images for inspiration. Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 15.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Felted Silk Scarf
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sunday l Jan. 13 l 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn to make the perfect fashion accessory for Arizona's mild winter chill-a lightweight silk scarf embellished with colorful wool roving and yarns. Designs can be graphic or organic in style, and no two will be alike. Students also learn about base fabric selection and how to pick the right roving to use. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Package Deal: The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $136.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Calligraphy: An Introduction and Advanced Calligraphy as a package by Jan. 1 and receive a15 percent discount!

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately, subject to availablity.

Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

Calligraphy: An Introduction
Wednesdays | Jan. 16, 23, 30 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Decorative hand lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, combine your own handwriting with a few new techniques and tools to create an elegant modern script. Click here for additional required materials.

Advanced Calligraphy: Design,Layout and Embellishment
Thursdays | Feb. 7, 14 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Build on your lettering skills as you gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments as you work to take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for addtional required materials.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Calligraphy: An Introduction
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Wednesdays | Jan. 16, 23, 30 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Decorative hand lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, combine your own handwriting with a few new techniques and tools to create an elegant modern script. All skill levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Adv. Calligraphy: Design, Layout + Embellishment
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Thursdays | Feb. 7, 14 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Build on your lettering skills as you gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments as you work to take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Birds of the Desert Mosaic
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join David Jarvinen to capture the brilliant colors of desert birds in an impressive mosaic. Work with a variety of glass tiles while learning the fundamentals of shade, tone, movement and texture in a black 5x7-inch frame. You can choose from model images that include the cardinal, verdin, bluebird, quail, oriole or hummingbird. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Contemporary Gourd Canteen
Regular Price: $138.00
Member Price: $110.00
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Sunday l Jan. 27 l 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Blend tradition with artful innovation as you transform a gourd into a stylish canteen. Learn a contemporary design that features negative space cutouts, fretwork, rustic stippling and couched bear grass to create a surface texture. Students ink and seal the gourd, drill holes, stipple the textured areas and then file the holes and the cutouts. Sue Brogdon demonstrates how to prepare the bear grass for weaving, and how to line the inside of the gourd with handmade paper. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 9:00AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Watercolor and Wine
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday l Feb. 2 l Noon - 3 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves to experience an afternoon of watercolor painting al fresco while enjoying a flight of wine in the beautiful Garden setting, and learning to paint different desert subjects like hummingbirds and flowers. Mix and match your watercolors as you sample varieties of burgundy and pinot noir. All materials included with class attendance. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Each participant will receive one flight of wine. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Limit 15.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Botanical Illustration: Agaves
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Tuesdays l Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 l Noon - 4 p.m.

Characterized by their cool colors, sharp geometry and concentric layers, agaves are dynamic subjects for training with watercolor paints and pencils, and pen and ink. Botanical illustrator Katherine Calllingham guides you from start to finish as you create accurate botanical illustrations of Garden agaves. Through a variety of exercises and outdoor sessions, you will develop your own style and skills to become an accomplished botanical artist. All skill levels welcome, but class is best suited to those with some prior drawing skills. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Aloes in Colored Pencil
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Wednesdays l Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore simple techniques to illustrate the bold flower colors and varied greens of aloes in colored pencils. Learn ways to effectively show texture and detail. See helpful demonstrations and enjoy exercises designed for beginners and advanced students alike. All levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Desert Flower Doodling 
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - 1 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. Learn how to draw desert flowers using watercolor or colored pencils in the Zentangle method. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Nature-Based Poetry
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday l Feb. 9 l 1 - 4 p.m.

The poet Mary Oliver once wrote, "Whoever you are...the world offers itself to your imagination." Let yours soar as you read and discuss famous nature-based poems and discover key elements of effective writing. Then jot down observations while exploring the Garden, and return to the classroom to draft and, if you wish, share an original nature-based poem. Leading the class are the award-winning and widely published poets Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, M.A., and Johnnie Clemens May, M.A., M.F.A., who have a combined experience of 50 years teaching creative writing. Participants should bring pen, pencil and notebook or journal. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Watercolor Blooms
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday l Feb. 16 l 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 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 with class attendance. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 10:30AM - 1:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Paper Clay Sculpting
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of paper clay sculpting. Learn how to build a supportive armature to hold clay in a lifelike cactus shape. Apply clay to the form, sculpt it to your satisfaction, and then learn acrylic painting and wood staining techniques. Watch your cactus gain realistic depth as you paint, colorize, shade, highlight and add dimensional pieces. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Desert Discovery Program creates a fun and memorable experience for Girl Scouts as they learn about life in the desert. These event-style programs welcome all Girl Scout levels along with leaders, parents and family members. Pre-registration is required for all attending.

Girl Scouts: Bugs and Beyond
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | Dec. 8 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - Noon


It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's a bug. Girl Scouts explore through close observation and hands-on activities what makes a bug an insect and why we need them for our survival. Scouts will use microscopes to get face-to-face with these fascinating insects.

Girl Scouts who complete various themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Bugs and Beyond participation patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.

Girl Scouts: Nature Art
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Let plants be your muse as you explore how smell, color, sound and texture can inspire different types of art. Girl Scouts engage their senses to interpret, design and create nature-inspired art in the Garden.

Girl Scouts who complete various themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Nature Art participation patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Nature Art Winter 2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Girl Scouts: Gardening
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Be ready to get your hands dirty as Girl Scouts explore how to grow their own garden in the low desert. Explore different soil types, investigate how to choose the perfect plant for your growing zone, and take home a garden experiment to keep the discoveries coming!.

Girl Scouts who complete various themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Nature Art participation patch

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Girl Scouts: Gardening: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Girl Scouts: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly as you journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly and learn what a butterfly needs in order to survive and thrive. Search for each part of the lifecycle when you visit the Garden's butterfly pavilion.

Girl Scouts who complete various butterfly themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Bountiful Butterflies Patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Spring 2019 Bountiful : Sat, May 11, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

 
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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Sunday l Jan. 6 l 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. 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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Family Learning Lab: Letterboxing
Price: $7.00
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Saturday | Dec. 15
Arrive between 9 a.m. - Noon | $7 per child


Take the whole family outdoors and explore nature through letterboxing, which combines solving clues, orienteering, and art journaling for the ultimate scavenger hunt.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Family Learning Lab: Plant Potions
Price: $7.00
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Saturday | Jan. 19
Arrive between 9 a.m. - Noon | $7 per child


Mix, mash, grind, and smash botanical ingredients to create your own, custom-made plant potion! With the help of a caregiver, children use an array of scientific and traditional tools to explore plants harvested from the desert in this highly hands-on experience.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 19, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN


 
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

 
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.

Ducks Not Ducks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | Jan. 10 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | Jan. 12 l 8 - 10:30 a.m. (field trip)


Phoenix is the destination for a variety of waterfowl in the winter. This interactive class discusses several of the duck species easily seen on urban ponds, as well as species often mistaken for ducks-American coots, pied-billed grebes and two species of cormorants. Even if it does not quack, it might still be a duck-or not! Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn what's shaking with the science of earthquakes. Hear Amy Englebright discuss seismic activity throughout the country, including Arizona. Did you know that the Grand Canyon State is home to many small faults that cause about 100 earthquakes a year, but most are too small to be felt by people? Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Mexican Gray Wolves and Coyotes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Far from the lone villains depicted in children's cartoons, coyotes and wolves are intelligent, social canines that live in family groups and play important roles in Arizona's ecology. Jeff Meyers, from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses the distinguishing features, habitats, feeding habits, ecological niche and life history of these amazing canines. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

The Secret Lives of Dogs
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

It is estimated that more than five million dogs enter animal shelters each year in the United States. Dr. Lisa Gunter will discuss new research from the Canine Science Collaboratory that explores the canine experience in the shelter, what we can do to reduce stress for these dogs, and how we can help owners after adoption. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Gems and Minerals of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Rock out as you learn about Arizona's tremendous wealth of gems and minerals, such as turquoise, peridot and malachite. Discuss the geological history that led to the formation of these gems and minerals and where they are located. Instructed by Amy Englebright. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Magic of Mushrooms
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There's much ado about mushrooms. Some are delicious, some are deadly, and some are intoxicating. Join us for a discussion of a wide variety of fungal species, including the death cap and fly agaric mushrooms, coffee rust, hallucination-inducing ergot and chocolate-eating mushrooms. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat, from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018 - 2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Are We Alone?
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Recent discoveries of thousands of planets have put new focus on the age-old question, "Are we alone in the Universe?" Does extra-terrestrial intelligence exist, and how and where can we find it? Dr. Per Aannestad, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, discusses these questions in the context of our own 100 billion- star galaxy, emphasizing our improved knowledge and the many factors that are still unknown. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Bird-Watching for Beginners
Regular Price: $151.00
Member Price: $121.00
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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 newfound skills. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Master your birding skills and register for all three classes through Jan. 1 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Birding 101
Saturday | Feb. 2 | 8 - 11 a.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 and Saturday | Feb. 7, 9
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 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.

Birding: Environment and Families
Tuesday and Saturday | Feb. 19, 23
Tuesday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Make birding an immersive practice by gaining an intimate knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in these areas.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (4 AVAIL)

Birding 101
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 8 - 11 a.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 Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (5 AVAIL)

Birding: Bills, Behaviors and Diet
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday | Feb. 7, 9
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Birding: Environment and Families
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday and Saturday | Feb. 19, 23
Tuesday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)


Make birding an immersive practice by gaining 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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Memoir Writing: What's Your Story
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Mondays | Feb. 4, 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the secrets and joys of putting your personal journey to paper. In this class, discover how to capture your memories in words, and help people make sense of, and even find meaning and solidarity in, the key moments in your life. Instructed by Barbara Geis. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Desert Edibles
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Join Kelly Athena for an ethnobotanical tour through Sonoran Desert bean trees, including mesquite, paloverde and ironwood. Learn how to identify them, harvest their buds, blossoms, and beans, and prepare and store them. You will also receive recipes on how to use the beans as edamame, sprouts, snacks and tea. Dress comfortably, some walking in the Garden. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The complex landscapes of Arizona are geologically quite young, but they reveal rocks and fossils that record a history of almost two billion years. Explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, Mogollon Rim and the low deserts. Instructed by Dr. Steven Semken of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Afternoon Flights: Birds and Wines
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

Take a leisurely stroll around the Garden observing the birds as they slip into their nighttime routines, and discussing the species seen and their behaviors. Then settle into an indulgent human nighttime routine-enjoying a flight of wines and cheeses while discussing the birds and their nighttime strategies. Students must be 21+, and are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Arizona Snakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Slither into this class focused on the Sonoran Desert's more singular snake species. Discuss the roles these serpents play in the overall ecological landscape and how they are vital to our desert ecosystem-including some information about the newly discovered role rattlesnakes play in seed dispersal. Instructed by Jeff Meyers, Arizona Game and Fish Department Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Test Class 101
 
This class is a test.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Dec 13, 2018 4:00PM - 5:00PM   CLOSED

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, 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 10:15 a.m. Limit 12.

Rancho de los Caballeros - with transportation
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $140.00
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Friday | Jan. 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Head to Wickenburg for this popular seasonal outing led by cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch. The walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch's historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change but does have some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Lunch is included. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Self drivers, please arrive at Rancho de los Caballeros by 9:15 a.m. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 9:30AM - 2:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Rancho de los Caballeros - without transportation
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Friday | Jan. 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Head to Wickenburg for this popular seasonal outing led by cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch. The walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch's historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change but does have some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Lunch is included. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Self-drivers, please arrive at Rancho de los Caballeros by 9:15 a.m. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 9:30AM - 2:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $824.00
Member Price: $659.00
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Friday - Sunday | Jan. 25 - 27
Arrive Friday at 2 p.m. | Depart Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


Each winter sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch these majestic birds fly in to their midday resting area-one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. We will also explore the Rex Allen Museum and Amerind Museum, and sample wines at a local vineyard to round out the weekend. Prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler, and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon, lead this weekend trip. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Professional guide services
  • Transportation to all group activities
  • Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages​
Not included:
  • Transporation to and from Willcox
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 11:30AM   WAIT LIST

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday | Jan. 24 | 9 - 11 a.m. OR
Thursday l Feb. 21 l 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.

Explore Aravaipa Canyon
Regular Price: $1,024.00
Member Price: $799.00
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Sunday and Monday | April 28 - 29

Revel in the mysteries of Aravaipa Canyon as you trace the footsteps of ancient peoples on a series of hikes through the flourishing ecosystems along the cool Aravaipa Creek. Catch glimpses of hummingbirds, heron, bighorn sheep and a host of skittering reptiles as you venture into labyrinthine side canyons, fueled by the fresh wilderness air and shaded by cottonwoods and towering cliffs. Break up the two-day trip with a peaceful night's stay at the Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn, where you will be replenished by a wholesome farm-to-table dinner. Suitable for most hikers, but requires ability to walk several miles through uneven terrain and some water. Limit 8.

Two-day trip includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation from the Garden
  • Professional guide services
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals during the program
  • Lodging for one night at Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages

Montezuma Castle and Well
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Friday | Feb. 8 | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Montezuma Castle, a towering 20-room dwelling carved into a limestone cliffside, tells the story of the innovative and hardy Sinagua people who once lived there. Join archaeologist Matt Guebard on a private tour of this ancient archaeological site and hear the history of the 14th-century dwelling and the culture that created this significant monument. Then head to Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole that supports a variety of unique species not found anywhere else in the world. Guebard will share with you the current science and research taking place today at Montezuma Castle and Well. The hike to Montezuma Castle is approximately one-quarter mile on an easy paved trail. The hike to Montezuma Well has a series of stairs to climb. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fees and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 7:30AM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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 Lauren Marks, Informal Science Education Coordinator at 480-481-8123.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday l Jan. 6 l 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. 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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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.


 
Teacher Workshops
The Desert Botanical Garden is committed to high quality education. We offer a variety of resources to support teachers and students in and out of the classroom. Our teacher workshops vary in subject, but are always standards-based, hands-on and fun! See the descriptions below to find an engaging workshop to inspire you and your classroom curriculum.

Teacher Appreciation During Flashlight Tours
 
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Teacher Appreciation Night will return in August 2019!

Relax and let the stress melt away as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of desert nights. Enjoy a complimentary night of Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden as our thank you. Refreshments available for purchases (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Open to PreK-12 teachers, educators, administrators and homeschool educators.

Teacher + one guest: Free with a school ID

 
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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Aquatic Adventures
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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March 11 - 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Ages 5-12

Campers will become aquatic ecologists and use real scientific methods to study the desert's threatened wetlands and the unique plants and animals that can be found there.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Register for a full week of Extended Camp by Feb. 12 and receive a discount. Members: $68/week | General Public: $85/week. Look for the add-on option as you complete your Spring Break Camp registration.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 - Fri, Mar 15, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Aquatic Adventures: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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March 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 Spring Break Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space limited.

This product will be available on Feb. 13 after the Extended Camp full week offer expires. To take advantage of the full week offer, see the Aquatic Adventures registration.

Refund Policy
To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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 2018-19
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden Program is a year-long program that focuses on citizen science, volunteer projects, horticulture, and research at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Registration fee: $50 per year.
Meeting dates: First Saturdays of the month during the school year
Time: 1- 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact lmarks@dbg.org
Valid: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 - Sat, May 18, 2019   (15 AVAIL)