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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
 
LEARN Gifts
Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. 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 - $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.

Plant Biology and Desert Ecology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / September 15 - December 1 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Effective management of desert landscapes requires an understanding of the fundamental principles of plant biology and desert ecology. In this 20-hour program, students will learn critical concepts of plant structures and functions, with an emphasis on how they relate to desert landscapes.

This program provides the student with in-depth coverage of:
  • Desert Ecology
  • Plant Classification
  • Features and Structures
  • Plant Functions
  • Growth and Reproduction
  • Adaptations

Desert Design Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Desert Plant Palette Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays / January 10 - March 14 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
(pre-requisites apply)

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude of design principles and processes. At each class, our experts will provide guidelines on how to create and render a concept from a functional diagram, to preliminary designs, and a finalized master plan. In this 20-hour program, students will learn crucial concepts to design sustainable landscapes. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:

• Desert Plant Palette (formerly Desert Life Forms)
• Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 - Tue, Mar 14, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Formerly called Desert Life Forms Certificate

Saturdays / January 14 - March 18 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In this program, we will highlight the various plant forms that are used in urban desert landscapes. At each class, a specific plant category will be discussed. Our experts will share important information on selected plants and give you their tips and experience in identifying these plants in the field and ensuring their proper placement in the landscape. This class is ideal for professionals and homeowners looking to increase their plant palette when designing desert landscapes. This is a 20-hour program that includes the following desert plant groups:

• Annuals
• Herbaceous perennials
• Ornamental grasses and bulbs
• Vines and groundcovers
• Succulents
• Agaves
• Yucca
• Cacti
• Shrubs
• Trees
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 - Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

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 Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays / April 1 - 29 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and sequencing of installation. In this five-week program, our experts will guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students will have the opportunity to install a landscape with Habitat for Humanity. Students will learn:

• Earthworks
• Irrigation systems
• Plant
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 - Sat, Apr 29, 2017 8:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude in diverse areas such as soil sciences, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices in landscape management and installation. In this 20-hour program, students learn crucial concepts to design landscapes that are resilient, long-lasting and use resources wisely. Students will learn:

• Desert soils
• Water harvesting
• Water management
• Irrigation
• Sustainable maintenance
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 - Tue, Jun 6, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / January 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 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. You will also learn how to foster survival during summer months, prune for maximum bloom and control insects. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will 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 Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

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


Growing Milkweeds
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Asclepias, or milkweeds, are known to be important host plants for the queen and monarch butterfly larvae. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. In this class, you will learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and what is the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed and cuttings will be provided. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated and meditative. We will discuss the basic principles of this traditional art form. Then after instructor Ping Wei's demonstration, you will make your own original ikebana arrangements from an assortment of flower bouquets that will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own small to medium-sized vases. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Citrus trees are a great food source that you can grow at home. Learn how to select varieties that will ensure fresh citrus for up to nine months. We will discuss 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. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Are you limited in gardening space? You can maximize both available space, light and harvest yields by growing upwards on a small balcony or patio. In this class, we will discuss the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables, besides vines, are most appropriate for this method. We will also cover different construction and support materials, designs and soil mixes to create a vertical garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Learn the basics of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, functional and attractive. This class will cover the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Pruning demonstration and take-home materials included. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist®. Limit 25.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert and walks you through each phase of design, assigning relevant exercises. 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 20.

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 covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert and walks you through each phase of design, assigning relevant exercises. 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 20.

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

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / January 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Culinary herbs are used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. You can grow many of these herbs in your garden and on your patio. Come learn how to grow and care for plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden! Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

The Hacienda Garden: Paradise Reclaimed
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Join us on an exclusive tour and discover how to create a garden that evokes old Mexico. Discover how to tell a garden story with site-specific plant palettes, micro-climates, smart watering and working with historic character. This private tour will be led by Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture at the Garden, as he walks you through his residence that was once the home of Senator Carl Hayden. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Limit 20.

Biointensive Gardening
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sundays / January 29 and February 5 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Biointensive gardening uses eight principles to produce a high-yielding, sustainable food growing garden or urban farm. Liz Lonetti will share how to adapt these principles to better suit the desert climate. Growing biointensively is a great way to have a robust desert garden ecosystem and an abundance of food. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Meditation Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A garden is a natural place for meditation. It can be designed to engage all five senses and remind you to be present in the moment. In this class, we will explain the benefits and methods of meditation and how to apply this to a meditation garden. Participants will create a diagram of their own personal meditation garden with a list of elements that engage and relax their senses. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

Square-Foot Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard will guide you through this space-saving method of gardening, perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. She will discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to properly space your plants or seeds. Limit 30.

Container Gardening: Succulents
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of growing succulents in containers for your patio and garden. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements of pots that will decorate your patio and add drama to your garden. Hands-on practice and demonstrations will be included. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agavaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 25.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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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.

Succulents for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

When planted in the ground or in containers, succulents will make a stunning addition to your landscape. Whether you purchase a plant or grow them from seeds, cuttings or divisions, this class will provide you with easy-to-use techniques for care and maintenance of healthy, vibrant succulents. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Growing Herbs in Containers
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 2 - 4 p.m.

If you are low on space, growing herbs in containers is a great way to add a culinary accent to a patio or balcony. Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in pots in a desert environment, like fragrant rosemary and flavorful basil. Then learn how you can successfully grow them in containers. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Warm Season Heirloom Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Heirloom vegetables are grown for a variety of reasons as many provide exceptional taste and are packed with nutrients. Once you have tried a delicious heirloom tomato, you will never go back to their supermarket counterparts. Join Carol Stuttard as she discusses how to grow wonderful heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and squash, as well as other warm-season heirloom varieties that are cultivated in the low desert. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / February 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. You will 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 Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Fridays / February 17 and 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Imagine picking fresh vegetables from your garden for dinner. Late winter is a rewarding time for gardeners to plant and harvest fresh vegetables. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time to plant them. We will explore soil preparation, raised beds and container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the ten 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 2016-17: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Grafting Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $42.00
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Thursday / February 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow more fruit varieties with fewer trees by grafting or budding different varieties onto the same tree. In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard will discuss the various methods of grafting including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class will also cover collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. You will go home with a fruit tree ready to plant. Root-stock, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Succulent Monogram Wreath
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Monday / February 27 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a personalized wreath using a galvanized metal letter that can be mounted to a wall. You will be guided through a step-by-step process by adding soil and wire mesh to your planter. Then add a variety of succulents to complete your finished artwork. Lynn Reves will also discuss how to maintain your living piece of art. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Growing Gourds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / February 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gourds have been grown in the desert Southwest for thousands of years by native people. Today, gourds are grown for ornamental use, often to create spectacular art pieces. Join Carol Stuttard as she discusses how to grow gourds in the desert with emphasis on variety selection, planting times, soil and irrigation requirements. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Living Stones: Lithops
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lithops, or living stones, are fascinating plants resembling small pebbles. These colorful succulents can be easily grown in containers, but understanding how to care for them is essential for success. This class will cover the best practices and techniques for watering, light requirements, fertilization and soil media. Instructed by Doug Dawson. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / March 12 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Containers are a great way to grow your own vegetables. This step-by-step program focuses on the challenges Southwest gardeners face when growing edibles in containers. Learn about different types of potting soil, watering and mulching techniques, and the importance of location and seasonal changes. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 12, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Herb Wreath
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Wednesday / March 15 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Collecting and drying herbs from your own garden can be rewarding. Learn how to prepare and use lavender and other herbs to create a wreath that can be used for culinary purposes or for fragrance. Lynn Reves will guide you through a step-by-step process of constructing a living wreath to adorn a door or wall. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

All Things Lavender
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / March 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. We will discuss uses, history, varieties, and how to harvest and store this amazing plant. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal - Home Landscape Design series. Register for both classes by March 6 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

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

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert and walks you through each phase of design, assigning relevant exercises. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Mondays / March 20 and 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Mondays / April 3 and 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through appropriate methods and sequence of installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Organic Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $101.00
Member Price: $81.00
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Package Deal - Organic Vegetable Gardening series. Register for all three classes in this series by March 6 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

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

Organic gardening is increasingly popular with gardeners wanting to lessen their impact on the environment. More than just not using pesticides and artificial fertilizers, organic gardening emphasizes building healthy soils and selecting the right plants and seed. The Organic Vegetable Gardening series of classes listed will explore these ideas and demonstrate how to apply organic techniques and methods in your own garden.

Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.

Explore Organic Gardening
Thursday / March 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Why garden organically? We will examine the basics of organic gardening and the benefits of working with, not against, nature. We will discuss the adaptability and resilience of plants while exploring genetically modified plants and their role in the environment. Plus, learn about fruits and vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert.

Importance of Soils
Thursday / March 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Preparing garden soil correctly is key to providing the nutrients needed for the best tasting and most productive crops. The optimal way to return nutrients to the soil is the use of manures, compost and organic fertilizers. You will learn about these organic soil amendments, their role in developing and maintaining healthy soils, and how they affect pH levels. Students are asked to bring two glass jars with lids (16 oz. or more) and enough soil from their gardens to fill the jars.

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Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Explore Organic Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / March 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Why garden organically? We will examine the basics of organic gardening and the benefits of working with, not against, nature. We will discuss the adaptability and resilience of plants while exploring genetically modified plants and their role in the environment. Plus, learn about fruits and vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Cocktail Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / March 26 / 2 - 4 p.m.

If you enjoy concocting your own cocktails, why not designate a space to grow some special ingredients? From juleps and mojitos, to martinis and Moscow mules, many of the herbs, fruits and vegetables that infuse these intoxicating beverages can be easily grown in your garden. Liz Lonetti discusses how to prepare your soil, watering and harvesting methods, and the essential plants used to craft cocktails. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / March 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination.This class covers temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques for growing orchids, as well as varieties most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall, Desert Valley Orchid Society. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Importance of Soils
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / March 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Preparing garden soil correctly is key to providing the nutrients needed for the best tasting and most productive crops. The optimal way to return nutrients to the soil is the use of manures, compost and organic fertilizers. You will learn about these organic soil amendments, their role in developing and maintaining healthy soils, and how they affect pH levels. Students are asked to bring two glass jars with lids (16 oz. or more) and enough soil from their gardens to fill the jars.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Vegetable Garden Journaling
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / March 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination. This class covers temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques for growing orchids, as well as varieties most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall, Desert Valley Orchid Society. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 2, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Small Patios and Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / April 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Small spaces present one of the biggest challenges in landscaping. Learn how to design elegant landscapes for courtyards, outdoor balconies and side yards. Landscape designer Erin Hutton will provide plant and hardscape suggestions for beautiful and easy-to-maintain spaces. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

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

Organic gardening is increasingly popular with gardeners wanting to lessen their impact on the environment. In this class, you will learn about different types of organic seeds, the difference between
heirloom and hybrid seeds, seed collection and storage, germination, light requirements and planting seasons.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Container Gardening: Cacti
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / April 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of growing cacti in containers for your patio and garden. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements of pots that will dress up your patio and add drama to your garden. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / April 8 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how to design an efficient drip irrigation system that will function well as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. We also discuss how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.

Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Agave and Yucca in the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / April 9 / 9 - 11 a.m.

Join Starr Urbatsch, agaveceae collections manager at the Garden, as she explores the spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful but durable yuccas that tolerate our extreme climate. We will discuss the placement, maintenance and pest problems of these extraordinary plants that add color, interest and beauty to a garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 9, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   COMING SOON

Gardening for Desert Tortoises
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / April 9 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Making a healthy habitat for a desert tortoise involves offering a wide variety of plants for both food and shelter. Growing these tortoise friendly 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 Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 9, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   COMING SOON

Composting 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / April 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Composting is the ultimate sustainable recycling program. You can create an environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or not, creating compost is something everyone can do. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30

Session Spring 2017: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday / April 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Herbs have been grown in gardens for centuries and are prized for their flavor, fragrance and beauty. Explore the history of herbs, and their role in the kitchen and culture today. This class will also cover the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Fruit Tree Bonsai
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Mondays / April 24, May 1 and 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the basic techniques for turning a natal plum tree into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Join Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter as they share the essentials of caring for bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Limit 15

Session Spring 2017: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Caring for Your Desert Garden
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / April 26 and May 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Caring for a desert garden is a challenge. This introductory class focuses on the basic skills and information to properly care for a garden, including best practices for planting, efficient watering, proper pruning, fertilizing and general maintenance for a successful low-water use landscape. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Espalier
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Espalier is an ancient horticulture pruning technique used to maximize small spaces and increase fruit production. Learn how to train your tree, shrub or vine to create a sculptural and practical work of art. This class will cover the art and science of espalier pruning, how to train initial plants and how to prune established espaliers. Instructed by Rick Cober, ISA Certified Arborist and Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works or make simple repairs, this class is for you. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers--and how to maintain them for peak efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.

Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Join award-winning designers Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture at the Garden, and Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture, to learn bold container planting techniques. The class will focus on low-maintenance containers, plant staging and more. Create and take home your own captivating container garden with an assortment of plants and stones. All materials included. Limit 20.


Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan! With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will 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. Participants should bring flash drive or USB.

Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.


In this interactive program, you will learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3-D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Growing Succulents Indoors
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / May 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Succulent plants make wonderful specimens that fit beautifully into any home. Explore the diversity of succulents suitable for growing indoors, including the best genera, small and large plants, cultural needs and ways to make them stand out in your home. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / May 21 / 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 the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / May 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, summer gardens can be a lush, productive oasis complete with harvestable crops. Tomatoes produce into July, eggplants grow throughout the season and melons sweeten summer mornings. Find out how to grow these bounties in the low desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesdays / May 30 and June 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Herbs enrich even the smallest of gardens with their scent, beauty and flavor. This two-part class introduces twenty of the most useful, easy to grow herbs for your garden with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, use and storage techniques as we prepare your senses for this interactive experience. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2016: Tue, May 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

After the Lawn is Gone
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / June 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reduce yard work and water bills by replacing grass with a desert-friendly landscape. Summer is the ideal time to remove a lawn. This class will take you through the step-by-step process of removing turf and designing and installing a beautiful, water-conserving, low-maintenance landscape. Discussion includes plant and hardscape design ideas. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / June 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Many powerful medicinal and culinary herbs are mentioned in Scriptures, and these same herbs can flourish in the desert. You will discover biblical herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a Scripture-themed herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Landscape Watering Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / July 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Watering is the most important task in a desert garden. Most desert landscape watering schedules are not based on the individual needs of plants, light and heat conditions, or expected weather changes. A simple, three-step process will help you provide proper amounts of water to maintain your garden's health and reduce water usage. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Mid-Century Modern Garden Design
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / July 13 and 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you have a mid-century home or would like to create a landscape with a modern design aesthetic, landscape designer Erin Hutton will help you apply these concepts to your garden. In this class, discover design ideas for creating a mid-century modern landscape that is an extension of your home and reflects the principals of simplicity, repetition of color, texture and symmetry. Limit 15.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Color in Your Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / July 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From flowers to leaves and soil to hardscape materials, color is everywhere outdoors. Learn how desert plant color combinations can affect the mood in your garden. Discover which desert plants can be creatively combined when planning your garden. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Grapes grow well in the low desert. They provide juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover the best varieties that can be grown in your garden and tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your produce. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Growing Succulent Euphorbia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 8 - 10 a.m.

Euphorbia can be easily grown in your desert garden. Plants in this diverse genus range from small globular shapes to massive trees and can be planted in the ground or containers for added interest and bold shapes. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   COMING SOON

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / August 9 and 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will discuss the basic characteristics of desert soils, sun exposure, frost damage and pest problems. This introductory class will demonstrate how you can work with, not against, these factors to be a successful desert gardener. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Best Vines for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 8 - 10 a.m.

It may seem challenging to find vines that can tolerate the Sonoran Desert, but there are many native and introduced species that thrive here. This class will identify the best, recommended vines, with information on how to grow them. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   COMING SOON

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Plant problems can arise from a variety of pathogens, insect pests, environmental conditions and even from the way we take care of our plants. Different culprits can cause problems with similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. Leanr to identify problems, their causes and how to keep your plants healthy. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / August 24 and 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables all year. Learn month-by-month techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across the calendar, ambitious gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Thursday / January 14 and January 19
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 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. Robert McBride will go over basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. Open to all digital camera owners. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   CLOSED

Package Deal - Photographing Oak Creek Canyon
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by March 6 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Members: $325 / General Public: $260

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

An Introduction
Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Join Robert McBride on an in-class photographic journey of the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. He will cover general photographic techniques and the use of natural light to capture this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.

In the Field
Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Join Robert McBride on a journey that spans the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon in the north through Red Rock State Park on the southern end of the valley. You will explore techniques on how to capture this unique environment 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. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, polarizing filter and tripod This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Thursday / February 4 and February 9
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 7 p.m.

Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. You will have the opportunity to photograph the Superstition Mountains at sunset. Then visit the Superstition Mountain museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. 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. Limit 9.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tablescaping Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This program has been CANCELED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 6 p.m.


You set aside time to create a beautiful place for friends and family to gather during special occasions, and every detail has meaning. Your table is art waiting to be photographed. There are many ways to document a tablescape in an artistic fashion that will encourage the viewer to remember the details. Join Tracy Battaglia as she walks you through how to style a table. Then, learn how to utilize light, angles, and details to capture stunning images. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Knowledge of basic photographic principles is desirable but not required. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 6:00PM   CLOSED

Nature Photography as Art
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Sundays / January 22 and 29 / 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 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Learn how shutter speeds, apertures and ISO work together to help you capture a successful image. In this class, you will have a chance to walk in the Garden and use your new skills. Understanding Your Camera is a prerequisite for The Secret of Lighting, Mastering Exposure and Composition. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.


iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Continue to build 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.

Photographing Aloes
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Garden has a broad variety of stunning aloe plants, which bloom in winter. Join Robert McBride for hands-on guidance and personal instruction as you navigate the Garden trails to capture the beauty of flowering aloes. This class will cover proper exposure techniques, equipment with special attention to lighting, framing and composition. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Exposure
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

In today's digital world, many photographers assume their camera's default metering system will give them the correct exposure every time. In this class, you will examine your camera's various metering systems and learn why different systems can produce better results under different conditions. Understanding Your Camera is a prerequisite for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

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

Chasing the Moon
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday / February 10 / 4 - 7 p.m.

Discover ideal camera settings, specific considerations and essential planning tips to photograph a full moon. Emphasis will be on how to successfully include the moon into an Arizona scene. We will then head into the Garden to capture the full moon rising over the desert during the twilight hour. Participants should have a working knowledge of their cameras, being able to set aperture, shutter, ISO and WB manually. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 4:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

Entering Photo Contests
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join award-winning professional photographer Lisa Langell, as she guides you through the ins and outs of entering photography contests. In this class, we will cover critical components of nature photography including how to protect your rights to your images and work. We will also discuss the 12 main elements of an image that judges use to select award-winning photos. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 9:30AM - 1:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / August 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very 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. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. Yet for all its importance, light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused. This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Understanding Your Camera and Mastering Exposure are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

For many, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Learn the rules for composing photographs and examine how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Understanding Your Camera, Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Photographing Silhouettes
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 4 - 8 p.m.

Lisa Langell will show you how to bring out the dark side by shooting silhouettes. In this class, you will learn how to recognize and utilize ideal lighting for capturing shadowy shapes. Learn to avoid common mistakes when shooting profiles, as well as what subjects make powerful silhouette imagery. Participants must be familiar with manual exposure settings. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 4:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Wildlife Photography
Regular Price: $162.00
Member Price: $130.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Wildlife Photography: An Introduction and Wildlife Photography: In the Field by March 6 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Members: $130 / General Public: $162

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

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction
Wednesday / March 8 / 6 - 9 p.m.


Wildlife presents a photographer with a unique opportunity to capture a vibrant, living creature in the moment. We will examine the types of equipment needed, proper camera settings, mastering exposure and settings to achieve maximum color, composition and design, how and when to approach your subject and more. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Wildlife Photography: In the Field
Saturday / March 11/ 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-renowned zoo featuring more than 200 animal species exhibited in simulated natural habitats. This trip expands upon Wildlife Photography: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for nature photographers. Participants will also have the opportunity to photograph flying birds of prey as they circle overhead during the raptor free-flight session. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod and 200m lens or greater. Price includes admission into the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Transportation and lunch is not included. Limit 9.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   COMING SOON

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday / March 8 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Wildlife presents a photographer with a unique opportunity to capture a vibrant, living creature in the moment. We will examine the types of equipment needed, proper camera settings, mastering exposure and settings to achieve maximum color, composition and design, how and when to approach your subject and more. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   COMING SOON

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Photographing butterflies is an art form filled with both opportunities and challenges. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion with its collection of beautiful butterflies. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Participants should bring a digital camera and a mid-range to telephoto lens. We also recommend bringing a macro lens and a monopod. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / March 12 / 6 - 9 p.m.

The beauty of moonlit nights and the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is designed for amateur photographers and provides hands-on guidance. Participants use creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations to create beautiful photographs. 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 10.

Wildlife Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Saturday / March 11 / 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-renowned zoo featuring more than 200 animal species exhibited in simulated natural habitats. This trip expands upon Wildlife Photography: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for nature photographers. Participants will also have the opportunity to photograph flying birds of prey as they circle overhead during the raptor free-flight session. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod and 200m lens or greater. Price includes admission into the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Transportation and lunch is not included. Limit 9.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Mar 11, 2017 11:00AM - 6:30PM   COMING SOON

Wildflower Photography
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Monday and Wednesday / March 13 & 15
Monday / 6 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (field trip)


Join Joanne West to learn how to capture the iconic desert wildflowers. In this class, you will learn which camera settings and appropriate gear to use, composition, and other tips to capture powerful wildflower images. The accompanying field trip to Peridot Mesa will give participants the opportunity to practice their new skills with one-on-one instruction. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and permit fee. Limit 8.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   COMING SOON

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday / March 15 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Use the Garden's digital classroom to explore Adobe Photoshop Elements to upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, and sort, organize, enhance and share photos. Topics include tools, palettes and image manipulation, using the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer workspace. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Hummingbird Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / March 25 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Photographing a fast-moving hummingbird is rewarding, if you can catch one in action. Learn how to successfully photograph these colorful birds with Robert McBride as your guide. Open to all digital camera owners. Participants should bring telephoto lens (200mm or greater preferred), cable or remote shutter release and tripod. Flash optional. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   COMING SOON

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / March 26 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday / March 29 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Enhance your editing and organizing skills using the more advanced Photoshop Elements Editor workspace. Go beyond the "Quick Fix" of "Guides Edit" found in the Organizer workspace and learn how to use the Editor workspace for advanced editing. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take your favorite images to the next level. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Mastering the Tools of Photography
Regular Price: $243.00
Member Price: $194.00
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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 four classes by March 6 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Members: $194 / General Public: $243

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

Understanding Your Camera
Saturday / April 1 / 12 - 2:30 p.m.


Learn how shutter speeds, apertures and ISO work together to help you capture a successful image. You will have a chance to walk in the Garden and use your new skills. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual.

Mastering Exposure
Thursday / April 27 / 6 - 8 p.m.


In the digital world, many photographers assume their camera's default metering system will give them the correct exposure every time. In this class, you will examine your camera's various metering systems and learn why different systems can produce better results under different conditions.

The Secret of Lighting
Wednesday / May 3 / 6 - 8 p.m.


Lighting, the essential ingredient in all photography, is too often unknown, unstudied and abused. This class will cover the mosmost important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos.

Composition
Saturday / May 20 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


No aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Learn rules for composing photographs and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod, cable or remote shutter release and three to five printed photos.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 12:00PM - 2:30PM   COMING SOON

Pollinator Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / April 2 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Desert pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are a delight to see in the garden. Learn how to capture in a photograph the variety of pollinators found in the Sonoran Desert. Lisa Langell will show you how to capture these pollinators by discussing camera settings, flash setups and more. Participants should bring your any digital camera that enables you to manually adjust aperture (f-stop), ISO and shutter speed. Smart phones and compact cameras are welcome however emphasis will primarily be placed upon techniques and settings primarily available to DSLR cameras. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 2, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday / April 12 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Continue building your editing skills using Photoshop Elements to produce attractive photos, share your stories in sophisticated creations for both print and web, and manage and safeguard your digital memories. We will focus on recognizing what your photos need and how to use the more advanced Editor workspace to fine tune your images, fix exposure problems and to add creative touches to finish your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 12, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Photographing Agaves
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Garden has one of the most diverse collections of agaves in the world with more than 2,500 plants. Join Lisa Langell for personal instruction as you navigate the Garden's trails to capture the beauty of the agave and its leaves. This class will cover proper exposure techniques, equipment with special attention to lighting, framing and composition. Open to all digital camera owners including smartphones. Participants should bring camera and manual. DSLR camera owners a tripod is helpful if you plan to shoot macro. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

The Art of Vegetable Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Vegetables and fruits are part of everyday life, and these natural gifts can be transformed into a work of art. They are full of color, texture and patterns. You will learn the ideal way to capture every detail through photography. Discover how light, angles and details are used to portray the essence of these culinary delights. Instructed by Tracy Battaglia. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Learn to use photo editing app Snapseed on your iPhone and iPad to enhance your snapshots into stunning images. 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 devices before class. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   COMING SOON

Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / May 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cool nights are the perfect time to turn our eyes to the twinkling lights of the night sky and distant stars. Learn how to use the right equipment, correct exposure and metering, and specific techniques to photograph the stars. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Shooting for the Stars: In the Field
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Saturday / May 13 / 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to photograph desert landscapes set against the majesty of the night sky. This trip expands upon Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for more experienced photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Participants should bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Although the terrain is relatively even and can be traversed by most, participants should wear close-toed shoes. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 13, 2017 5:30PM - 11:00PM   COMING SOON

Time-lapse Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Tuesday / July 25 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the world of time-lapse photography. Learn the tips and techniques to capture time as they occur in intervals. Lisa Langell will also discuss the appropriate equipment often used to capture these images. Participants should bring a DSLR camera, manual, wide angle zoom lens, tripod, memory card and reader, and intervalometer. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Desert in Black and White
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring camera and lenses. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   COMING SOON

Patterns in Nature
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did you know that you can actually control how your audience feels and experiences your photography through light, shade and creative composition? In this class, you will learn the quintessential compositional elements oriented toward wildlife and nature photography. Discussion will include 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. Participants should bring camera, manual and a variety of lenses. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on an in-class photographic journey of the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. He will cover general photographic techniques and the use of natural light to capture this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: In the Field
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a journey that spans the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon in the north through Red Rock State Park on the southern end of the valley. You will explore techniques on how to capture this unique environment 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. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, polarizing filter and tripod This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Limit 8.

Photoshop Studio
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / August 29 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Spend your summer evenings editing your favorite photographs using Photoshop Elements. Join Robert McBride as he briefly demonstrates how to edit photographs from start to finish. The majority of the class time will be conducted as an open studio where students can edit their images, "fine tune" their Photoshop Elements skills and receive one-on-one assistance using the Garden's digital classroom. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and Photoshop Elements. Participants should bring their favorite photos on a USB thumb drive. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Painting with Light
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

Sunrise Tai Chi-Five Sessions
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Tuesdays / January 24, 31, February 7, 14 and 21 / 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 24, 2017 8:15AM - 9:15AM   (5 AVAIL)

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, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.

Sundown Yoga-Six sessions
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Wednesdays / January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 / 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are 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 Urban Wellness. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 5:30PM - 6:45PM   CLOSED

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are 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 Urban Wellness. Limit 30.

Package Deal - Mindful Meditation Walk
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Package Deal: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all classes in this series by March 6. Each package includes seven sessions.

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

The Garden is a serene and beautiful place, perfect for finding peace in body, mind and soul. Join Yuri Grevtsev on a meditative and mindful stroll through the Garden, stopping at featured spots for sitting, standing or moving meditation. He will guide you through techniques to absorb and appreciate the beauty of nature in silence. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 9, 2017 8:15AM - 9:15AM   COMING SOON

Mindful Meditation Walk
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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The Garden is a serene and beautiful location, perfect for finding peace in body, mind and soul. Join Yuri Grevtsev on a meditative and mindful stroll through the Garden, stopping at featured spots for sitting, standing or moving meditation. He will guide you through techniques to absorb and appreciate the beauty of nature while remaining silent. Limit 20.

Winter Comfort Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Join Chef Nancy Matsui as she demonstrates how to make comfort food with a healthy twist. Learn to cook El Tasso beans and rice, a dish with cubed Tasso ham, veggies and spices; comfort pancakes with fresh fruit, nuts and mascarpone cream; and a crunchy sweet and savory snack mix with a little kick from a Turkish pepper. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 3:30PM   CLOSED

Boost Your Immunity
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Your body performs better when eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods low in saturated fats. A healthy immune system helps keep the body strong so that it can fend off illness. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare immunity boosting soups, juices and teas just in time for cold and flu season. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Winter Baking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / January 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether they are in breads or desserts, winter harvest is full of fruits and vegetables for baking! Just make sure to save some of these delicious treats for your friends and family. We will be making warm apple pie bread with cinnamon, sticky bun pumpkin muffins, sweet potato biscuits with honey butter, and lemon cranberry pie bars. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will be preparing dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney will be demonstrated and prepared for tasting. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Enchiladas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / February 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Enchiladas are the ultimate Southwest comfort food. Using different red and green sauces, learn how to make this traditional dish. Start with a variety of ingredients and flavors, including different meats and cheeses that make an authentic enchilada with all its complexity of flavors. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Savory Winter Squash
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

There are many different types of squash that are abundant during the winter. Chef Maggie Norris will show you how to cook with an array of squash by demonstrating Thai red curry and kabocha squash soup, acorn squash with sausage and kale, butternut squash and poblano gratin, and ginger squash cake. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Carrot Craze
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Carrots are high in nutrients and vitamins and are available year-round. The dilemma is how to use carrots in innovative ways and in everyday meals. Chef Monica O'Brien will demonstrate how to enhance your meals with carrots by demonstrating how to prepare a roast winter vegetable salad, carrots braised with bacon and even a dessert of carrot custard with blueberry sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Introduction to Southwest Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Southwest traditional cuisine is unique and iconic, using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Learn how to make traditional dishes such as Mexican rice, fresh beans, nopales, basic salsas and other Mexican kitchen staples. This class will cover tricks in the kitchen that allow for quick and easy meals. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Artisanal Burgers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The classic American burger has experienced a revival with the addition of gourmet ingredients. Chef Monica O'Brien will demonstrate unexpected ingredients and preparations to create a tasty modern artisanal burger. She will prepare a vegetarian-style black bean burger with roasted red bell peppers. Plus, learn to make a crab meat burger with a ginger coleslaw, and a classic beef burger on a blue cheese peppercorn bun with caramelized onion. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Vegan France
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The French are known for their sophisticated cooking and techniques. Discover how the French prepare their meals with locally grown, in-season produce featuring a vegetable-forward menu. Join Chef Jason Wyrick on this culinary journey without having to leave the Garden! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Cooking with Coffee
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / March 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Whether to start the day or finish a meal, coffee as a beverage is much loved and celebrated. It is also an important ingredient in many cuisines. Join Chef Jason Wyrick as he teaches you how to bring out the complexities of coffee beans in dishes that could become a staple in your cooking. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Teas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / March 25 / 9 -11 a.m.

Take a walk in the Garden with traditional herbalist and chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she discusses Sonoran Desert plants used to make teas. She will demonstrate how to create natural tea blends using flowers, herbs and other plant parts. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Cooking 101
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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Package Deal: Register for both Cooking 101: Marinades and Cooking 101: Knife Skills by March 6 and receive a 20% discount.

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


Cooking 101: Marinades
Saturday / March 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Using a marinade can take any protein like fish or chicken from ordinary to sublime. Marinating can help tenderize a cheaper cut of meat while imparting tons of flavor. Join Chef Teresa Hansen as she demonstrates how to select the best liquids for marinating. She will also share tips on how long to marinate meat and demonstrate recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Cooking 101: Knife Skills
Saturday / May 6 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Learn how to properly use the most important tool in the kitchen. We cover cutting techniques and types of vegetable cuts, such as batonnet, dice and julienne. Individual instruction is provided, and we end by cooking a simple recipe featuring vegetables. Knives will be provided. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking 101: Marinades
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / March 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Using a marinade can take any protein like fish or chicken from ordinary to sublime. Marinating can help tenderize a cheaper cut of meat while imparting tons of flavor. Join Chef Teresa Hansen as she demonstrates how to select the best liquids for marinating. She will also share tips on how long to marinate meat and demonstrate recipes that are quick and easy to prepare.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Mar 25, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Best of Cuba
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / March 26 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Cuban food is a flavorful fusion of Native American Taino, Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate how to make the classic Cuban sandwich with shredded pork, the beloved arroz con pollo, or rice with chicken, and a luscious rice pudding dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Salad Dressings and Greens
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / March 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz demonstrates how to prepare an assortment of dressings served with a variety of greens. She will use different types of oils and vinegars to make creamy lemon tahini, Moroccan ginger and a French market vinaigrette. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Tantalizing Tarts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / April 1 / 1 - 3 p.m.

With just one versatile, foolproof crust, you can make four easy tarts to tempt your family and friends. Chef Maggie Norris will demonstrate tarts to be eaten as an appetizer and dessert, plus a savory option. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Sweet Dreams
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / April 8 / 3 - 5 p.m.

Traditional herbalist and chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will share her knowledge on preparing an aromatic salve for a good night's sleep. Each participant will prepare and take home a salve to use on the temple and forehead at bedtime. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 3:00PM - 5:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking Cholla Buds
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / April 9 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join us for a culinary adventure as vegetarian chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz demonstrates recipes using dried cholla buds. She will show you how to prepare these calcium-rich buds to be added to moles and salsas, as well as how to pickle the cholla buds to create a delicious appetizer. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 9, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Best of Broccoli
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Broccoli, a superfood, is one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat. Chef Jason Wyrick will show you how to prepare broccoli in new and innovative ways. He will prepare roasted and charred broccoli with peanuts, a quick and easy broccoli soup, and broccoli coleslaw, and he will share a recipe for a spicy, stir-fried broccoli raab with peanuts. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking 101: Knife Skills
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how to properly use the most important tool in the kitchen. We cover cutting techniques and types of vegetable cuts, such as batonnet, dice and julienne. Individual instruction is provided, and we end by cooking a simple recipe featuring perfectly cut vegetables. Knives will be provided. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Regular Price: $76.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Salt has long been used for relaxation and nurturing the skin. Join Lynn Reves as she shows you how to create bath salts, teas and fizzes, using fragrant oils, herbs and salt in combinations that relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Hormones and Your Health
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hormone differences are a problem for many people and can cause PMS symptoms, skin problems, weight issues and more. Registered dietitian Sara Korzeniewski will discuss why hormones get out of balance, symptoms of imbalance, and tips for getting back on track. She will demonstrate a few recipes that will promote healthy hormones. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Vegan Thailand
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / May 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join Chef Jason Wyrick on a culinary journey to Thailand with all new recipes! Learn you how to prepare classic drinks and foods from this flavorful cuisine, including many gluten-free dishes. Discover how to prepare classic curries, stir-fries and coconut custards.Recipes demonstrated will be vegan.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 21, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Peaches
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit. Learn how to use and prepare peaches in salads, healthy sandwiches and desserts. Chef Clyde Gaston will also share tips on how to select perfectly ripe peaches, peel and store them. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

A Southwest Picnic
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 1 - 2 p.m.

Learn the basics of cooking fish-a skill that can be used year-round-and making steelhead fish tacos with pickled onions and Baja cream. We will also prepare black beans with goat cheese and jalapenos, Southwest creamed corn and tres leches cupcakes that can be served at all your summer outdoor parties. Instructed by Maggie Norris. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Cooking Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Dive into learning how to cook with seafood. Learn the various techniques of working with seafood. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp so you do not overcook them. Chef Clyde Gaston will demonstrate simple recipes and share techniques on how to enhance flavors of your seafood. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Melon Mania
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Melons are nutritional powerhouses rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium, and a refreshing and hydrating summer fruit. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare cool summer dishes and beverages such as melon and jicama salsa and watermelon agua fresca with chia just in time to beat the heat! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

No-Cook Cuisine
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / July 16 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Cooking in the hot Arizona summer can be a daunting task. Chef Jason Wyrick demonstrates a variety of hearty and filling recipes that don't require an oven or stove and are perfect for surviving hot desert summers. Learn to create simple, elegant recipes without heating up your home. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Fig Obsession
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Figs have been with us since ancient times. They are delicious, have lots of dietary fiber and provide many health benefits. Watch fig delicacies being prepared, sample them and take home recipes to try in your kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Squash Blossoms
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Hispanic markets are brimming with delicate and brightly colored flores de calabaza - squash blossoms - in the summer. Vegetarian chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare a delicious squash blossom soup with roasted poblano chiles and an easy squash blossom quesadilla with huitlacoche and other favorite squash blossom recipes inspired by visits to Mexico City. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00AM   COMING SOON

Cooking with Mesquite Flour
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Indigenous to the Southwest, mesquite trees are loaded with nutritious pods that have a natural, caramel-like sweetness. Used for generations by native peoples, mesquite flour is gluten-free, high in protein and nutrient dense. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare her four-seed mesquite crackers, Pima wheat mesquite tortillas and how to easily incorporate mesquite into your daily diet. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Gazpacho
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Gazpachos are cold soups that turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate a variety of amazing soups to add to your repertoire, including a seasonal tomato gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho and a lime chicken gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Whole Grains
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Full of flavor, texture and history, ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa, spelt, and amaranth are at the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Learn more about their health value and versatility with indigenous foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she prepares some of her favorite breads, salads and dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert's bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leather. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 10:30AM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.


Introduction to Acrylics
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sundays / January 22 and 29 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Discover how to paint creatively with acrylics. This class will include lessons on color theory, brush control, the importance of composition, and mixing the correct colors of the desert fauna with a focus on birds. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Desert Birds in Acrylics
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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Thursdays / February 9, 16 and 23 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is full of a wide variety of unique birds. Using acrylic painting techniques, learn to capture the beauty of desert birds and paint them accurately, bringing them to life on your canvas. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Watercolor and Wine
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Celebrate the desert and the outdoors while painting al fresco. Join Lynn Reves to experience an afternoon of watercolor painting while enjoying a glass of wine in the beautiful Garden. In this class, you will learn how to paint different desert subjects such as hummingbirds and flowers in watercolor while sampling a variety of wines. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Each participant will receive one flight of wine. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.

Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Gourd Purse
Regular Price: $153.00
Member Price: $122.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn to select, clean and prepare a gourd, then construct the pieces into a stylish yet functional purse. Students can decorate their pieces with wood burning, paints, stain and dyes. You will also be shown different ways to finish the interior at home. Completed purses make a great conversation starter at gatherings. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mosaic Mandala
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $136.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / February 7 and 8 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never-ending. The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life: the earth, the sun, the moon, and the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities. We will create a mandala to reflect your home and love of nature. This will make a wonderful addition to your patio or garden using colorful glass tiles. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Desert Charms
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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The Sunday / February 12 / 1 - 3 p.m. class has been rescheduled to Sunday / March 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

In this class, participants will make beads and charms from the dried, woody portions of saguaro and cholla cactus. Participants will learn wire-working techniques and will add embellishments and a necklace cord to enhance their desert treasures. No jewelry-making experience is necessary. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 15.

String Art
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday / February 20 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

String art is enjoying a revival in home décor. The unique look is achieved by wrapping colored thread around small nails to create a defined design. Join Lynn Reves as she shows you how to make your own string art project using different desert motif patterns. You will learn different stringing patterns and layering techniques to make your own art decoration. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Wooden Botanicals
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / February 25 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Garden is the perfect location to inspire you to create a watercolor painting on a wood slice. In this class, you will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques such as color mixing and brush work. Then, apply your new painting skills to create a stunning desert botanical piece on wood. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Bird Journaling
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / March 22 and March 25
Wednesday / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Join award-winning artist Neil Rizos to develop your nature journaling skills. Birders and nature enthusiasts of all levels will learn to observe and record essential information necessary to create accurate field drawings. You will learn how to sketch birds quickly and have an opportunity to apply those skills outdoors in the Garden. Additional required materials available with online listing. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Stone Mandalas
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday / March 26 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

With the simple use of colorful dots of paint, you will transform ordinary river rocks into works of art. Learn how to create a design and experiment with color palettes to master the art of mandala drawing on two stones. You will have your own set of paint dot tools to take to continue your newly learned art form. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Suminagashi Marbling
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / April 1 / 2 - 5 p.m.

Explore the traditional Japanese art of Suminagashi printing, which literally means 'floating ink, Students will be introduced to techniques of suminagashi by floating colorful inks on water to capture unique patterns on paper. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM   COMING SOON

Abstract in the Garden
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / April 2 / 12 - 4 p.m.

Learn to apply abstract painting techniques to a desert scene. Color and layering shapes upon shapes can create an intuitive, visual impression of a garden. This class is free flowing-no realism or staying between the lines! We will use watercolors or acrylic paints to create an abstract desert. All skill levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lisa MacNamara. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 2, 2017 12:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Watercolors
Regular Price: $191.00
Member Price: $153.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by March 6 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

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


Introduction to Watercolors
Mondays / April 3 and 10 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This class is designed for beginning students who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. We will explore materials, including brushes, papers and pigments, and techniques, including glazing, mixing and blending colors. Students will work from seasonal flowers and plants for inspiration. All materials included. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.


Wildflowers in Watercolor
Wednesdays / April 26, May 3 and 10 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Desert wildflowers are the perfect subject for watercolor. With colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to the most interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Devon Meyer, as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet, dry brush, and various paint methods to create exquisite desert wildflowers. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Introduction to Watercolors
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Mondays / April 3 and 10 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning students who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in watercolor painting. We will explore materials, including brushes, papers and pigments, and techniques, including glazing, mixing and blending colors. Students will work from seasonal flowers and plants for inspiration. All materials included. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15..
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Wildflowers in Watercolor
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesdays / April 26, May 3 and 10 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Desert wildflowers are the perfect subject for watercolor. With colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to the most interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Devon Meyer, as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet, dry brush, and various paint methods to create exquisite desert wildflowers. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Hummingbird Mosaic Garden Stake
Regular Price: $136.00
Member Price: $109.00
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Wednesday / April 12 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hummingbirds are a wonderful part of the desert landscape. Join us to create a 12-inch mosaic hummingbird from glistening glass tiles that attaches to a stake for display in your patio or garden. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 12, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Gourd Bird House
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $112.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Transform a gourd into an artistic birdhouse. Use various coloring agents, design sheets and wood burners to create your own distinctive bird dwelling. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   COMING SOON

Nature Weaving
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Explore texture and nature by using natural materials to create a living tapestry. Lynn Reves will guide you through a step-by-step process to weave a natural wall hanging using an assortment of products such as desert plants, twigs and ribbon. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Botanical Impressions
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / May 13 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join Julie Blankenship to learn about polymer clay and the various ways to sculpt it. We will impress local desert botanicals into clay to create one-of-a-kind pieces showcasing the desert Southwest. You will create polymer clay stamps, sculpt and shape dishes, beads and pendants, and learn techniques to add texture to produce a natural finish to your clay. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 13, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Botanical Mandalas
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Thursdays / May 18, 25, June 1 and 8 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The ancient Sanskrit word mandala is associated with infinity, the planet and the environment. Participants will draw inspiration from a collection of seeds, leaves, pods, flowers and plants of the desert, as they create botanical patterns that can be repeated on a mandala template. In this program, students will choose a technique to render their botanical mandalas with line and color. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 18, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Desert Plant Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday / May 20 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to draw beautiful images through structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of well-being. You will learn how to draw desert plants on watercolor paper with a Zentangle design and a watercolor wash. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Alcohol Ink Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / May 24 and May 27
Wednesday / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Alcohol inks are an easy and interesting way to create works of art. In this class, you will be shown how to freeform using easy techniques for applying highly pigmented inks to special paper. As the inks flow and mingle, they create remarkable effects that can be controlled with brushes to create abstract prints or realistic paintings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Sue Hunter. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Wool Sheep Mobile
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sundays / May 28 and June 4 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Learn the art of needle felting by transforming fluffs of wool and shaping forms into whimsical sculptures of sheep. After making several sculptures, you will learn how to arrange and string them into various styles of mobiles that can be given as a one-of-a-kind gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 28, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturdays / June 17, 24 and July 1 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Handwritten decorative lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, you will be shown how to use your own handwriting to craft your own modern script. Explore the right tools and practice step-by-step calligraphy techniques such as basic letter formations and brushstrokes. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 17, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   COMING SOON

Package Deal - Drawing with Charcoal
Regular Price: $179.00
Member Price: $143.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by March 6 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

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


An Introduction to Charcoal
Saturdays / July 22 and 29 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Unlike paints, charcoals do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Working with charcoal is a good way to learn gray gradients and lighting techniques. Learn how to hold your charcoal, blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Garden at Night in Charcoal
Sundays / August 13, 20 and 27 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   COMING SOON

An Introduction To Charcoal
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturdays / July 22 and 29 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Unlike paints, charcoals do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Working with charcoal is a good way to learn gray gradients and lighting techniques. Learn how to hold your charcoal, blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 - Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   COMING SOON

Garden at Night in Charcoal
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Sundays / August 13, 20 and 27 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Tuesdays / August 15 and 22 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pillows are the ultimate accent pieces. In this class, you will use fabric paint to create a vintage botanical print on a canvas pillow cover. Using desert plants and animals as inspiration, you will learn botanical illustration techniques such as line, shape and space to compose a composition. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Desert Mosaic Tabletop
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mosaic tables are a great way to express your artistic side. In this class, we will create a desert-inspired table top using colorful stained glass and glass tiles. The custom table base is constructed out of metal and measures 14 x 14-inches and 21-inches tall. Instructed by David Jarvinen. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Gourd Bird with Nest
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $92.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use air dried clay to transform a gourd into a bird and create eggs. Let your imagination be your guide as you paint the bird and eggs. You will also weave a colorful, sturdy nest for your bird family using wire, string, fibers and yarn. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Thursday and Saturday / August 31 and September 2
Thursday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 2 - 4 p.m.


Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gifts. All materials are included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.

Living with Wildlife
Regular Price: $36.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn more about the animals that call Arizona home. Educators and special animal guests from the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center will dispel common myths and stereotypes surrounding our native wildlife as well as provide helpful tips for living peacefully with our wild animal neighbors.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Family Playtime
Price: $5.00
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Saturday / March 25 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR
Friday / April 14 / 1 - 4 p.m.


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. 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. Advance registration is encouraged.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
Spring Break Day Camps
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.

Wings and Wildflowers
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $140.00
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March 6 - 10 OR March 13 - 17 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Grades K - 5

Your child will become a budding botanist as we examine flowers, bugs and birds during this week-long camp session. Each day, campers will break out into groups by grade level to learn about plant structures and the relationship between desert flowers and pollinators. Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Wings and Wildflowers: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Grades K - 5

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

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

March 6 - 10 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 - Fri, Mar 10, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

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

March 13 - 17 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 - Fri, Mar 17, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
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.

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 5 - 7 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.

Arizona Deer
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / January 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is home to two distinct species of deer, the mule and Coues white-tailed deer. The mule deer is a resident of the northern forests, chaparral areas and the southern desert grasslands. The Coues whitetail is most common in southeastern Arizona and inhabits the Mogollon Rim and sky islands of southeastern Arizona. Learn about the natural history, ecological relationships and management of these wonderful animals found in Arizona. Instructed by Jim Heffelfinger, author of Deer of the Southwest. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Bluebirds, Robins and Thrushes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / January 26 / 6:30 - 8 p.m.

These melodious songsters are popular and widely known from other parts of the United States. However, we have our own collection of this family of birds in Arizona. This class will emphasize the common varieties of thrushes, including eastern and western bluebirds, hermit thrushes, robins and Townsend's solitaires, in Arizona, providing information on their identification and backstory. Class includes a list of recommended birding spots to find these iconic species. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Raptor Identification
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / February 1 and February 4
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 7:30 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

This class provides an overview how to identify raptors not only by size and shape, but by behavior, habitat and season. You will learn the different categories of raptors, as well as unique species like osprey and northern harrier, plus turkey and black vultures. The accompanying field trip to the West Valley will give participants experience with identifying some of these species in the wild. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Medical Marijuana
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / February 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is one of many states that has legalized marijuana for medical use, and the plant is again in the news with voters considering legalization for recreational use. With a history as old as civilization, from ancient shamans, to blues musicians, to the modern indoor growing facility, the cannabis plant has been strongly shaped by its relation to humans. This class will explore the history of the medical use of marijuana with an emphasis on the modern medical marijuana movement in Arizona. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Nature's Journal
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday / February 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Whether you are interested in keeping notes on the harvest from your home garden or participating as a citizen scientist in the study of climate change, keeping records of the natural world is a great way to increase your connection to the environment. The study of biological events, or phenology, is becoming more important as we learn to adapt to ever-changing climatic conditions. You will learn various methods and techniques for observing and collecting information on the natural world including climate, plants and wildlife. This class will also provide a brief overview of national and regional phenology programs as well as local activities at the Garden. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Arizona Weather
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / February 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why Arizona is so dry or why we have the famous monsoon season? Arizona has a uniquely diverse climate with hot desert summers and cold alpine winters. Learn about our state's varied climate and meteorology. Topics of discussion may also include winter storms, blazing heat, and severe weather associated with monsoon thunderstorms such as microbursts, haboobs, hail, flash floods and even tornadoes. Instructed by Mike Santoro from ASU's School of Geographical Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / February 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only beautiful and unique, but they also have many practical applications. This class will take you on a journey of native Sonoran Desert plants and their medicinal uses. You will discover the amazing gifts that these plants have to offer. Kerry Amann will review some of the most commonly seen plants and will discuss their ethnobotanical uses, current applications, which parts are used and more. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Geology of the Superstition Mountains
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / February 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Superstition Mountain range, just east of the Valley, is the largest mountain range surrounding Phoenix, with its highest point reaching 5,024 feet. The creation of the Superstition Mountains arose from intense volcanic activity millions of years ago. Amy Englebright will discuss how the Superstition Mountains were formed and why this mountain range has a characteristic coloration that makes them highly photogenic. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

A to Z Bird Anatomy
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / February 22 and February 25
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Take a closer look at an alphabet of bird body parts, some exterior and some interior. This class will help you with bird identification and will give you a new appreciation of multiple miracles and amazing adaptations that make up a bird. A local field trip to several Tempe urban ponds will help integrate this new knowledge. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Sonoran Mineralogy Lab
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / February 25 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the geology of the Sonoran Desert with its abundance of natural minerals coveted by miners and collectors alike. Why are some minerals shiny and some dull? Why are some common and others precious? Through discussion and hands-on investigation, learn about mineral formation, and gain the basic geologic skills needed to identify various minerals and understand their unique natural properties. Instructed by Ray Grant. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Wild Horses
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / March 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

You might have encountered wild horses along the Salt and Verde Rivers on the Tonto National Forest. Thoughtful questions are posed about their management on public lands. Join Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department as he discusses management issues and current legislation for protection. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Woodpeckers
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Monday and Saturday / March 20 and March 25
Monday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 7 - 10 a.m. (field trip)


Woodpeckers are noisy but interesting birds. How do their brains withstand the impact of the many blows they can deliver to a tree in a second? Why do some have five-inch tongues? Focusing on the ten species of woodpeckers in Arizona, we will discuss their differences, behaviors and habitats. Transportation to the field trip site is provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Astronomy at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday / March 24 / 7 - 9 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden exploring the night sky from one of the city's best locations for stargazing. This class will start with an overview of astronomy, then move to an ideal location in the Garden to view the stars and planets using telescopes provided by the Phoenix Astronomical Society. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 7:00PM - 9:00PM   COMING SOON

Botany of Desire
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / March 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Based on The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, this class explores the relationship between humans and plants that has shaped the evolution of. Agriculture, pharmacology and industrial uses of plants will be discussed to show how they influenced who our culture and our species. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Baron of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / March 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Truth is stranger than fiction in this nineteenth century tale of forged documents, Spanish nobility, and a long-lost orphaned heiress. Historian Jim Turner, author of Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, tells how the Baron of Arizona and his wife lived like royalty for more than a decade but were finally undone. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Butterflies of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / April 8 / 8 - 10 a.m.

This class will explore the natural history of some of the more than 300 species of butterflies found in Arizona. We will explore the many fascinating facets of butterfly ecology and ways the Garden is helping to conserve them. Dr. Kim Pegram, insect ecologist and exhibit specialist at the Garden will lead you on a private tour to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   COMING SOON

Hummingbirds
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / April 8 / 8 - 11 a.m.

Flying jewels of extraordinary feats found only in the New World, hummingbirds captivate even non-birders. We will focus on the dozen-plus species of hummingbirds found in Arizona, where to find them and the anatomy of a hummingbird feather. We will spend time in the Garden looking for hummingbirds and unusual migrants. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 8:00AM - 11:00AM   COMING SOON

Desert Squirrels
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / May 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is home to three species of squirrels: the rock, round-tailed and Harris' antelope squirrels. They are mostly ground dwellers, since the Sonoran Desert lacks large trees. Learn about their fascinating natural history, adaptations and behaviors. Instructed by Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

History of the Salt and Verde River Dams
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / May 4 / 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Phoenix and the Salt River Valley owe their existence to the water that flows through the dams and reservoirs of the Salt and Verde Rivers, as well as the canal system that delivers it here. How were these dams and canals located and built? How essential are they today for water, power and recreation? Join Leah Harrison and Evan Medley, historical analysts with SRP, as they discuss the history and importance of the Salt and Verde River system. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 4, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   COMING SOON

Mars
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona has been at the forefront of Mars exploration since Percival Lowell chose a hilltop near Flagstaff to build his observatory at the turn of the last century. Since then, Arizona has remained a powerhouse of Mars exploration through its universities and the U.S.G.S. in Flagstaff. Through the decades, the search for Martian life has been a common thread. Dr. Steve Ruff from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration will discuss the state of knowledge about the geology of Mars, its potential for habitability, and his newly published results showing evidence for ancient hot springs and the possibility of preserved microbial life. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Arizona's Owls
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday / June 22 and June 24
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday / 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. A field trip is planned to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   COMING SOON

Desert Tortoise
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday /July 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the life history of the fascinating Sonoran Desert tortoises, relicts of an epoch when this area was a tropical deciduous forest. Discover their life history, feeding habits, survival mechanisms and why they are considered keystone species. Instructed by Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Bats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona. Unfortunately, eastern U.S. bat populations are declining faster than any other land mammal. However, Arizona bat populations appear stable and some species have been increasing in numbers. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Iconic Ironwood Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

One of the most iconic trees in the Sonoran Desert, and is considered a foundation plant due to its great ecological importance. A large number of animal depend on the ironwood tree for food and shelter and more than 160 species of plants have been reported growing under its canopy, taking advantage of shade and protection. In the past, several indigenous groups of the southwest as well as northwestern Mexico depended on ironwood as a source of food, medicine and wood for construction and crafts. Learn about the natural history of one of the most remarkable trees in the Sonoran Desert. Instructed by Raul Puente-Martinez, curator of living collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Dragonflies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the brutal and brief lives of dragonflies, megafauna of the insect world whose exceptional flight and jewel-like colors have captivated humans for centuries. Join Pierre Deviche from ASU's School of Life Sciences as he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the order Odonata. You will learn about dragonfly anatomy, life cycle, behavior, diversity of Arizona species, and how, where and when to find them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Impact of Water
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Water is essential for all living organisms. Without it, life could not survive. We will discuss how ancient and modern societies are able to survive in the desert and the history, development and impact of water on social, environmental and economic fabric. Instructed by Dr. Colin Tetreault. ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

Northern Lights
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / September 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Northern Lights - the Aurora Borealis - is a stunning and colorful natural phenomenon, which we have only recently begun to understand. We will discuss the changing explanations for this "light show" and explore the connection between the Northern Lights and solar activity, in particular the sunspot cycle, solar flares, and the magnetic fields of the Sun and the Earth. Instructed by Dr. Per Aannestad. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   COMING SOON

CANCELATION POLICY

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

 
Independent Learning

Homeschool Program Learning Labs
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
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Explore the Sonoran Desert with a scientific lens. This program allows children and parents to discover the wonders of the desert through nature walks, experiments and art activities. Led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors, this is a perfect way to enhance your homeschool lessons. Upcoming topics include desert snakes, Arizona butterflies, and natural desert food.

These programs are designed for children ages 6-10, although children 5-12 are welcome.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
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.

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $824.00
Member Price: $659.00
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Friday - Sunday / January 27 - January 29
Arrive Friday at 2 p.m. / Depart Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


Each winter more than 20,000 sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch as thousands of these majestic birds fly in to their midday resting area-one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Look for wintering raptors, other waterfowl and various land birds. Wine tasting at a local vineyard is included as well as a private tour of the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, dedicated to Native American cultures and histories. Explore the Rex Allen Museum, dedicated to the last singing cowboy of Western movie fame. This weekend trip will be led by prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. 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 for all group activities in Garden vehicle
• Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
• Wine tasting
• Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

Not included:
• Transportation to and from Willcox
• Meals not mentioned
• Alcoholic beverages
• Personal expenses
Session Winter - Session B: Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - Sun, Jan 29, 2017 3:00PM - 11:30AM   (2 AVAIL)

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday / January 20 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden, designed by landscape architects from Japan, features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls, and a pond with more than 300 koi. Price includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / February 2 / 9 - 11 a.m.

The Tovrea Castle garden contains more than 5,000 cacti of more than 100 varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society will lead the tour of the castle main floor and basement, and an expert from the Garden will lead a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.

Birding Hotspot: Pinal Mountains
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday and Sunday / February 11 and February 12
Arrive Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Depart Sunday at 12 p.m.


Come and explore two enchanting birding hotspots within two hours of Phoenix, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Pinal Mountain. We will see common desert species such as the bright red northern cardinals and usual winter visitors-like the red-naped sapsuckers and ruby-crowned kinglets. We will also visit a park featuring a restored Salado ruin, where birding is always productive. This journey should yield sights of a number of birds not found regularly in Phoenix including scrub jays and spotted towhees. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 8.

Two-day trip includes:
• Expert guide and educational programming
• Entrance fee to Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Not included:
• Transportation
• Lodging at Noftsger Hill Inn (Lodging reservation instructions will be provided after program registration has been confirmed).
• Dinner on Saturday
• Personal expenses
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:30PM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Hohokam and Romero Ranch Archaeology
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / February 18 / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Situated at Catalina State Park just north of Tucson, Romero Ruins is a multifaceted archaeological site with both a Hohokam village dating back from 500 AD to 1450 and the remnants of Francisco Romero's ranch from the 1850s. You will be led on a private archaeological tour with park ranger Jack McCabe, who will discuss the history and lore of this historical site. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns by 3 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 8:00AM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Desert General Store
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Friday / March 17 / 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join Cindy Smith on a hike along Black Rock Short Loop trail to see and learn about the plants in the Sonoran Desert. You will learn how these plants were once used and how they can be used today for staple items. The Black Rock Short Loop is a scenic half-mile trail where towering saguaros dot the mountain sides and shady canyons are home to a variety of desert wildlife. Price includes entrance fee and picnic lunch. Transportation is not provided. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 8:00AM - 2:00PM   COMING SOON

Los Morteros Archaeology Tour
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Saturday / April 1 / 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join archaeologist Allen Dart on a private tour to one of Tucson's premier archaeological sites, Los Morteros and Picture Rocks. Los Morteros is a large Hohokam community dating back between A.D. 500 to 1300. Visit a Hohokam ball court village, an irrigation canal system and other archaeological features. Then, visit Picture Rocks where you will see petroglyphs of animals and images of people. Dart will discuss the history of this important site and the cultural significance of the Hohokam people. This walk is approximately one-mile-long with minimal elevation change but does have a low slope staircase. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, picnic lunch and entrance fees. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 7:00AM - 4:00PM   COMING SOON

Tonto Natural Bridge
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Friday / April 7 / 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world - 400 feet in length and 183 feet in height. View the cascades from the upper observation deck, then hike to the breath-taking entrance. Savor the beauty from the lower observation deck, or hike inside to see two crystal blue pools. Participants must wear sturdy, close-toed shoes due to slippery rocks and uneven footing. Price includes entrance fee and picnic lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Apr 7, 2017 8:00AM - 4:30PM   COMING SOON

Birds and History of the San Pedro River Basin
Regular Price: $1,249.00
Member Price: $999.00
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Sunday - Tuesday / April 23 - 25, 2017
Arrive Sunday at 2:30 p.m. / Depart Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

The San Pedro River Basin is renowned for its scenic beauty and diversity of plant and animal life, and spring is a wonderful time to see migrant and breeding birds. We will venture into the riparian corridor along the San Pedro River as well as Ramsey Canyon, "hummingbird capital of the U.S.," located in the nearby Huachuca Mountains. We will also visit museums in Bisbee and explore the Fort Huachuca Museum, which highlights the role of military intelligence within the U.S. Then, we offer a glimpse of the true old west in Tombstone with a private tour of the historic courthouse. Accommodations will be at the nationally acclaimed Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast. This trip will be led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former President of Portland Audubon Society. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:

• Expert guides and educational programming
• Lodging at Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast
• Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday
• Dinner on Sunday and Monday
• Snacks and water
• Transportation for all group activities in Garden vehicle
• All entry fees to parks and museums

Not included:

• Transportation to and from Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 - Tue, Apr 25, 2017 2:30PM - 1:30PM   CLOSED

Birding Hotspot: Prescott
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Tuesday / May 16 / 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a day of discovery as you visit Prescott, a well-known birding hotspot. Kathe Anderson will guide you through several areas including the Highlands Center for Natural History where you will discover ponderosa pine and riparian habitats that provide a suitable retreat for local and migratory birds. We will then stroll down a half mile trail to Lynx Lake where you may spot a variety of birds including peregrine falcons, spotted towhees, painted redstarts and bald eagles in this scenic landscape. Price includes entrance fee and picnic lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 16, 2017 7:00AM - 4:30PM   COMING SOON

Ealry Bird Special: Wine, Water and Adventure
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign-up by March 6 and receive $15 off!

Offer expires on March 6, subject to availability.

Saturday / May 20 / 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Combine the spectacular beauty of Red Rock Country and the Verde River with a wine tour of the Alcantara Vineyards. Begin at V Bar V Ranch Heritage site, Arizona's largest known petroglyphs, and then head to the Verde Valley for a kayak trip on the scenic Verde River. End at the Alcantara Vineyards for a sampling of their award-winning wines among beautiful grape vines and rolling hills. Transportation departs promptly from the Garden at 7 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Limit 10.

Day trip includes:

• Round-trip transportation to and from the Garden
• Expert guides and educational programming
• River kayak and safety gear
• Snacks and lunch
• Wine tasting

Not included:

• Personal expenses
• Meals not mentioned
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 7:00AM - 6:00PM   COMING SOON

Museum of Northern Arizona
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Friday / August 18 / 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Experience the Colorado Plateau with a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona. This 200-acre Flagstaff museum includes more than five million Native American artifacts. You will be led on a private, behind-the-scenes tour with a museum curator to visit the Easton Collection Center that houses an extensive cultural, natural science and fine art holdings. You will also be guided on a docent-led tour highlighting the various exhibitions on display. Price includes entrance fee and lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM   COMING SOON

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.

Seedlings- Winter
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different plant or animal theme each session with weekly lessons exploring life-cycles, pollination and so much more. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Baby Boojums
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Discover nature at an early age 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 winter will focus on plant parts and spring classes will focus on insects. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings- Spring
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different plant or animal theme each session with weekly lessons exploring life-cycles, pollination and so much more. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
 
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.

* includes refreshments, 3 CEU hours and Garden admission.

STEAM/Biomimicry
Price: $20.00
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Biomimicry is an exciting way to solve human problems by looking to nature for the answers. It is a great way to engage your students in engineering, critrical thinking and multi-disciplinary learning. The Garden's curriculum has been successfully modified for all ages of learners.

Please check our website for biomimicry-focused field trips.

Workshop fees are $20, but the first 15 teachers to register and participate from Title I schools will be refunded their fee, thanks to charitable grants from businesses in our community.

Workshops include: Professional Development certificates, Garden admission and snacks.
Check-in starts 30 minutes prior to program start time.

Pre-registration is required.

Butterflies
Price: $20.00
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Butterflies are a unique and essential part of our ecosystem. Discover how to inspire your students with butterfly anatomy, life-cycles, mutualistic relationships and unusual species specific behaviors. The Garden's curriculum has been sucessfully modified for all ages of learners.

Please check our website for butterfly focused field trips.

Workshop fees are $20, but the first 15 teachers to register and participate will be refunded their fee.

Workshops include: Professional Development certificates, Garden admission and snacks.
Check-in starts 30 minutes prior to program start time.

Pre-registration is required.

Sponsored by APS

 
Teens in the Garden
Teens aged 14-18 years old with a passion for nature and science are encouraged to apply for our Teens in the Garden program. Participants get together for monthly volunteer service-learning meetings throughout the school year and focus on exploring nature and fun with science.

We will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year beginning in May, 2017. Check back then to fill out the application. All applicants will be notified of an information session to be held during the summer months. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will commence during June and July with accepted applicants being notified during August 2017.

Teens in the Garden
 
There is a fee of $50 to be paid at accepted applicants first meeting. This fee covers the cost of a program t-shirt, snacks and incidentals during the course of the yearly program.