Welcome
The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.

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Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, history, science, travel and wellness.
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
LEARN Gift Certificates
Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. Give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gift Certificates.

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LEARN Gift Certificate - $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.

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LEARN Gift Certificate - $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 Certificate - $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 Certificate - $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.

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays  | Mar. 31 - June 9 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After thoughtfully planning and selecting which plant fit your landscape design, it is crucial to know how to get them in the ground and keep them thriving. In this program, students get expert training in best practices for planting and pruning, and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert, including how to diagnose and treat plant disorders.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 31, 2020 - Tue, Jun 9, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays l April 2 - June 11 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are redesigning an existing landscape or creating a brand new design, it is vital to have sustainability in mind and make use of rainwater and green building materials. Gain practical knowledge of desert soils, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices to start creating more resilient and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces. Garden experts offer hands-on lessons covering water harvesting and irrigation in real-life landscaping scenarios that empower students to do it on their own with confidence.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 - Thu, Jun 11, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | Apr. 4 - June 13 | 10 a.m. - noon

Using the Garden as an outdoor classroom, take advantage of our living library to learn how to identify commonly used desert plants. Insightful horticulturists with deep knowledge of the Garden's collection guide students through making informed plant selections and placements. Ideal for professionals and homeowners, this program is a building block for any desert landscaping or gardening project. Expect to learn about cacti, agaves, yuccas, trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and bulbs, herbaceous perennials and more.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 4, 2020 - Sat, Jun 13, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Desert Landscape Installation Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Planting and Maintenance Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays  l April 4 - May 2 l 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and the proper sequence of installation. In this five-week program, our experts guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students have the opportunity to install a landscape with City of Scottsdale's Operation Fix It. Learn how to install earthworks, irrigation systems and plants.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 4, 2020 - Sat, May 2, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

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 Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays | June 16 - Aug. 25 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires a firm grasp of design principles and processes. Our instructors guide students through the process of turning a dream into a functional diagram, then mapping out a preliminary design and finalizing a master plan. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:
  • Desert Plant Palette
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Summer 2020: Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - Tue, Aug 25, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays l June 18 - Aug. 27 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.
Session Summer 2020: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 - Thu, Aug 27, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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

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

Herbal Tea Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Growing plants for herbal teas can benefit your health while adding beauty and fragrance to your garden. Learn which herbs, including chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips and peppermint, are perfectly suited for tea and thrive in the desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Grafting Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard discusses and demonstrates how you can have more fruit varieties through the use of various grafting and budding methods, including T-budding, bark and cleft grafting. This class also covers collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. Root-stock, scion wood, a grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Maximize Your Irrigation System
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 29 | 9 a.m. - noon

Learn how to save money on your water bills and improve the efficiency of your irrigation system to have a healthy attractive landscape using less water. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 29, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Feb. 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon or 1 - 3 p.m. 

Learn the traditional, meditative principles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Additional required materials list available with online listing. Limit 10.

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Vegetable Gardening Month by Month
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Mar. 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Subtle changes in sun and soil bring new growing opportunities each month. Learn techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across each page of the calendar, gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor all year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 24.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 2, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Growing Cactus and Succulents from Seed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Mar. 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Growing cacti and succulent plants from seed is rewarding but requires patience and an observant eye. Join Doug Dawson as he shares his many years of seed-growing knowledge to learn the nuances of successful germination. Learn a technique he has developed for amateurs without greenhouses and those with limited time and space. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | Mar. 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination. In this class, participants will learn the importance of temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques to successfully grow orchids. We will also discuss which orchids are most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall, Desert Valley Orchid Society.

Session Spring 2020: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Installing Pavers
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday | Mar. 14 | 1 - 4 p.m. AND
Sunday | Mar. 15 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Learn how to properly install pavers for a patio or walkway utilizing the ICPI guidelines. Tom Hulsebos will guide you through a two-day class covering the step-by-step process of layout and paver installation including information on correct procedures and safety. Day two will be a hands-on paver installation requiring digging, wheelbarrow use, and lifting paver stones. Limit 15.
Class entails moderate lifting and physical activity. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, closed-toed shoes and bring a hat, water and gloves.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Growing Milkweed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Mar. 16 l 6 - 8 p.m.

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 the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed will be provided. Instructed by Natalie Melkonoff. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Simple Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your spring vegetable gardens, it’s imperative to start thinking about summer planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic summer vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful summer garden awaits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape for Privacy
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
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Monday | Mar. 23 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Does your outdoor space feel a little too open? Is there an unattractive view you would like to cover up? Learn how to create a sanctuary for family fun or personal peace using desert-adapted plants, trees and structural hardscape elements. Bring a photo of your challenge to the class for suggested ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Planting A Desert Moonlight Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 26 | 6 - 8 p.m. 

Do you know how to make your garden light up at night? The answer (and this is not a trick question!) is to create a moonlight garden. Cultivating one is a great way to get in touch with nature and it provides a beautiful and fragrant desert experience, so different from the daytime one. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Permaculture Workshop
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Mar. 29 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join Dr. Scott Cloutier of the ASU School of Sustainability and Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing to learn and interact with the design principles of permaculture. Gain insights into working in harmony with nature to create a sustainable system in your yard, community, and our planet. Find out the best zones for growing and learn a thoughtful approach for creating garden features with multiple functions to promote sustainability and happiness. We will also discuss some of the healing properties of plants along with ways we can interact with them to enhance their healing potential and our connection to nature.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Bonsai for Beginners
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Mondays | Mar. 30, April 6 AND April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

When the plants you love are too big for your garden, try them as miniature bonsai creations! Guided by Phoenix Bonsai Society instructors and your imagination, you will learn how to turn a plant into a living piece of art. This three-part class covers the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Instructed by Elsie Andrade and Ernie Hasan. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
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Monday | Mar. 30 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to create “outdoor rooms” for personal relaxation retreats, multi-use spaces for entertaining, or family fun centers. Creative approaches will include desert-adapted plants, structural elements and local case studies. Bring your wish list of outdoor activities to get additional ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l April 1 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by ISA certified Arborist Rebecca Senior. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Petscaping
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | April 3 | 10 a.m. - noon

Join Jason Isenberg, owner and award-winning designer at REALM, as he explores creative ways to develop lovely landscapes that serve both pets and people.  With a focus on organic approaches, learn about dog dig pits, tortoise habitats, feline entertainment areas, pet waste composting, paw-friendly surfaces, non-toxic plant selections and more. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Spring-Inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | April 4 | 10 a.m. - noon

Feel your stresses wilt away and creativity blossom through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Then, after instructor Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, spring-inspired ikebana arrangements. Limit 12.
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Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 4, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Garden Mythbusters
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 6 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Is a layer of rocks at the bottom of a container a good idea? Can watering plants on a sunny day burn their leaves?  Do desert plants require daily watering in summer? Should you amend a heavy desert soil with sand or gypsum to increase drainage?  Which garden products actually perform as their ads claim they do, and which may be a waste of money?   Separate fact from fiction regarding many popular gardening products and practices in this eye-opening class on common gardening myths. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Deciduous Fruits
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 6 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

There are a number of juicy, deciduous fruit varieties that can be grown in the desert southwest.  We will explore some of the more popular varieties and include a discussion about how to select, plant, and care for the trees.  Problems that sometimes arise will be addressed. Instructed by Richard Gibson of the U of A Pinal County Cooperative Extension. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | April 7 | 10 a.m. - noon

A variety of culinary herbs are used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. We can grow many of these herbs in our gardens and on our patios. Come learn how to grow and care for plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Apr 7, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Composting creates a sustainable environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or open—composts come in all sorts of styles. Find the one that’s right for you. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Gardening for the Birds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

”AZ Plant Lady” Noelle Johnson teaches how to supply food, shelter and other essentials for a desert bird habitat. Learn how to brighten your garden with long-blooming plants that will provide an explosion of birdseed and fruits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Review basics such as site selection, garden layout and design, optimizing harvest by using local planting calendars, soils, soil prep and fertilizing. Learn planting and harvesting tips to get you started this fall; the best time for great leafy greens and hearty root crops. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Building with Natural Materials
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Have you ever considered using natural materials to build structures in your yard, or even a house? Join Dr. Scott Cloutier of the ASU School of Sustainability and Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing to learn about how to use the resources right under our feet to build. Learn about creating cob ovens, homes and other natural material creations. We will explore the roles that these structures, and the mindsets needed to build them, could play in our personal and family health, community wellbeing, and society at large.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Container Gardening
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Monday | April 27 | 2 - 4 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, materials and demonstrations are included. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of the agavaceae, aloaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Salsa Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy fresh-from-the-garden salsa as Carol Stuttard shows you how to grow a variety of ingredients used to make homemade salsa. She will give you tips on growing tasty tomatoes and tomatillos, onions, chilies and cilantro and the best time for harvesting. She will also discuss plant placement and arrangement, soil preparation and watering techniques. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Spring Home Landscape Design Series
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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This package covers Home Landscape Design Basics I and II in Spring 2020.
Package Deal: 
Register by March 27 and receive a 10% discount. 

Offer expires on March 28. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

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

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Mondays | April 27 and May 4 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Mondays | May 11 and May 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Spring Session

Mondays | April 27 and May 4 | 6 - 8 p.m.


This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Thursday | April 30 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Join award-winning designer Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture for landscape design and care at the Garden, 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. Limit 20.

Session Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

The Art and Science of Interior Plantscaping
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Saturdays | May 2 and May 9 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Designing with plants is an art, maintaining plants is a science.  Students will learn how to use plants in interior design as well as how to keep them looking great.  Selected plants will be identified and demonstrated as to their use in particular design themes such as minimalist, mid-century modern and elegant. Students will design and plant a dish garden to take home with them. Instructed by Cindy Odgers. Limit 20. 

Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 2, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Aromatherapy Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | May 4 | 10 a.m. - noon

Learn how to infuse your outdoor space with wonderful scented plants that are easy to grow, even in our harsh desert climate. Discover the aromatherapy uses of these plants, as well as how to grow, maintain and harvest them. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, May 4, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 6 | 6 - 8 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. Learn 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 Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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May Session
Monday | May 11 and May 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.


This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, May 11, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

The ABCs of Landscape Watering
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 23 | 9 a.m. - noon

Learn tips and methods to overcome the challenges of proper watering in the desert climate, based on your plants and irrigation system. Gain hands-on experience setting irrigation controllers, using all of the options and features to deliver the right amount of water to your landscape. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 23, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Smart Irrigation Controllers
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 30 | 9 a.m. - noon

Weather changes daily, but that doesn’t mean you have to reprogram your irrigation controller every day. Instead, you can simply get a new smart irrigation controller that makes automatic adjustments to ensure your yard receives just what it needs. Learn how these high-tech controllers operate and how to choose the one that will work best for you. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 30, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

 
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.

Wildflower Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 26 | 8 a.m. - Noon

Join Joanne West to learn how to capture the iconic desert wildflowers. Discover which camera settings and appropriate gear to use, understand composition and other tips to capture powerful wildflower images. Practice in the Garden is included. Bring a water, a hat and dress for the weather. Limit 12. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday | Feb. 28 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Explore the art of the up-close and personal: macro photography. Discuss composition, proper equipment, focusing, lighting and how to steady the camera at close range. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Motion Photography
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday l Mar. 4 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover how to capture motion in your photos. Joanne West discusses basic shooting techniques for freezing action, creating blur and how to deal with moving subjects creatively. Examine the importance of focus, shutter speeds and how proper equipment is essential for taking great action shots. This class is open to all digital or mirrorless camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for suggested materials list  Limit 10.

 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Mastering Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday | Mar. 9 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Students should have a good working knowledge of their camera's functions and settings. Click here for required materials list. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

The Secrets of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l Mar. 16 | 1 - 4 p.m.

This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment listInstructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday l Mar. 18 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. OR
Monday | April 13 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Mar. 23 | 7 - 10 a.m.

Butterfly wings burst with color, and capturing them all is an art form filled with challenges and rewards. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's seasonal butterfly pavilion. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should bring a digital camera and a mid-range to telephoto lens. We also recommend bringing a macro lens. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Click here for suggested materials list
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l Mar. 23 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required materials list. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | March 29 | 2 - 5 p.m. OR
Tuesday | April 28 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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

Package Deal: Spring Digital Desert Photography
Regular Price: $171.00
Member Price: $135.00
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Take guided steps to photographic excellence using digital cameras. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Getting Started and Next Steps by Mar. 5 for a 10% discount

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

Getting Started
Monday | April 6 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND April 13 | 1-4 p.m.

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


Next Steps
Friday | May 15 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND May. 22 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. This class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

Spring Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday  | April 6 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND
Monday | April 13 | 1 - 4 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or simply interested in learning about camera settings and when to use them. Joanne West covers basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 4 - 8 p.m.

Learn about different features, functions and proper setup to create perfectly exposed photographs, with balanced shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. Learn how to use your newly acquired photography skills by practicing in the Garden. Participants should bring DSLR or mirrorless camera and manual (manual optional). Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 4:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Travel Photography
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday | May 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to document your next travel adventure like a pro. Discover which equipment will get the job done without taking up valuable space in your luggage. With Robert McBride’s world-wise guidance, you will head into your next trip with new skills and a more artful eye. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, May 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | May 6 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will reduce the graininess from iPhone® or iPad® photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Bring a flashlight or selfie ring light for a light source.
Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 9, 2020 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Spring Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Friday | May 15 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND
Friday | May 22 | 1 - 4 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

Session Spring 2020: Fri, May 15, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Chasing the Milky Way
Regular Price: $234.00
Member Price: $189.00
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The Milky Way is only visible in the Northern Hemisphere from March to October, and it takes certain skills and camera tricks to capture its depth and beauty. This new series will get you on track for a summer of great galactic shots. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Chasing the Milky Way and Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field by April 19 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount.

Offer expires April 20. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability.

Chasing the Milky Way
Tuesday | May 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Use your camera like a telescope as you track down the ethereal swath of gases, stars and planets we call the Milky Way. Learn when and where our galactic backyard can be sighted, and which camera settings will best capture its beauty. Discover the right equipment, exposure and metering, and specific techniques to shoot the night sky. Limit 12.

Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field
Wednesday | May 20 | 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Take a trip out to Picketpost Mountain-and away from the city's light pollution-to get unrivaled shots of the Milky Way in all of its glowing grandeur. This trip expands upon Chasing the Milky Way: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for experienced photographers. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should also bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is provided. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, May 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday | May 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Use your camera like a telescope as you track down the ethereal swath of gases, stars and planets we call the Milky Way. Learn when and where our galactic backyard can be sighted, and which camera settings will best capture its beauty. Discover the right equipment, exposure and metering, and specific techniques to shoot the night sky. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, May 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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Wednesday | May 20 | 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Take a trip out to Picketpost Mountain—and away from the city’s light pollution—to get unrivaled shots of the Milky Way in all of its glowing grandeur. This trip expands upon Chasing the Milky Way: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for experienced photographers. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should also bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is provided. Meet at Desert Botanical Garden at 11 p.m. on May 20 and return at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 21. Trip led by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, May 20, 2020 11:00PM - 6:00AM   (4 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult. Both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adult.

 
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 meditation and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

All cooking classes are demonstration only, and participants enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chefs.

Package Deal: Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $108.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a ten percent discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Feb. 29. Offer expires March 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price.

Thursdays | 8 - 9 a.m. | Mar. 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 30;  May 7

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.

 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 8:00AM - 9:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. Limit 30.

Package Deal: Sundown Tai Chi
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $108.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a ten percent discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Feb. 29. Offer expires March 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price.

Mondays | Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27 | 5 - 6 p.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.

 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 2, 2020 5:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Sundown Tai Chi
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Take advantage of the Garden's natually tranquil evenings as you find you unwind and calm yourself from the inside out. The movements of Tai Chi improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather.Instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. Limit 30.

Flatbreads and Quickbreads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Flatbreads and Quickbreads
Thursday | Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Flatbreads and quick breads are great starter breads for beginning bread bakers. No proofing yeast involved! Learn Chef Terri Milligan’s recipes for chapati with carrot miso butter, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil bread, wild rice and berry muffins and no-knead herb focaccia. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Its Not Easy Being Green
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Mar. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Explore and taste greens from around the world. Combined with grains and beans, greens are the perfect color and taste to add to your plate. Go green and enjoy Asian greens, Italian greens and good, ‘ole American greens with recipes, cooking tips and delicious samples. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Larry Canepa. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Forest Bathing
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday | Mar. 6 | 10 a.m. - noon OR
Monday | Mar. 23 | 1 - 3 p.m.


Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in natural areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest (or river, or desert, or whatever environment you are in). As the group walks the Garden and immerses in nature, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land and will teach you to make room for listening, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all eight of the sensory modes we possess. The March 6 session will be instructed by Jason Ellis and the March 23 session will be instructed by Jackie Kuang; both instructors are certified forest bathing guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). Limit 15. 

Package Deal: Meditation at the Garden
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $72.00
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Package Deal:
Members: $72 | General Public: $90

Offer expires Feb. 30. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price and are subject to availability.

Wednesdays | March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 | 5 – 6 p.m. 


This series invites you to enjoy meditation and mindfulness at the Garden. We will focus on the breath and stress relief combined with meditation techniques that will keep you in the present moment. Engage in “do-in” movement practice, which is designed to combine soft stretching and breathing techniques. The series will also include a meditative Garden walk, along with an introduction to essential oils to enhance relaxation and mindfulness. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat or cushion. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Julie McKune. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 9:00AM - 5:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Meditation at the Garden
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Wednesdays | March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 | 5 – 6 p.m. 

This series invites you to enjoy meditation and mindfulness at the Garden. We will focus on the breath and stress relief combined with meditation techniques that will keep you in the present moment. Engage in “do-in” movement practice, which is designed to combine soft stretching and breathing techniques. The series will also include a meditative Garden walk, along with an introduction to essential oils to enhance relaxation and mindfulness. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat or cushion. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Julie McKune. Limit 20.
 

Rejuvenate Your Brain
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Thursday | March 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

The lost art of rejuvenation was the ancient approach to life after 40. Get ready for spring with a brain makeover! In this workshop, we will learn about the brain’s innate mechanisms for rejuvenation and how to make the most of them. Discover how lifestyle choices can reduce inflammation and physical decline. You will take away a Personal Rejuvenation Plan to get better with age from top to bottom and inside out. Class includes a copy of the book “Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training.” Instructed by author Phyllis Strupp. Limit 30
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 12, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Macaron Magic
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | March 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

Macarons are one of those cookie recipes that is best seen in a demonstration before trying at home.  These tiny French almond cookies are a taste treat but take a delicate hand to prepare.  Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate how to make a French method macaron batter along with various fillings.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Perfect Parfaits
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | March 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

From retro, Jell-O crazed creations to elegant European desserts, parfaits are ‘perfect’ for an afternoon delight. Chocolate, caramel, raspberry, and coffee parfaits are served at this delicious event. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Larry Canepa. Limit 12. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Sound Meditation
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Monday | March 30 | 6 – 7 p.m.

Sit back, relax, take a deep breath and let the sounds of singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, and drums take you on a journey of relaxation and healing.  Feel the sound take you along and guide you on this journey.  We will bring in the energy of the garden to our class by adding a mist of flower essences.  Flower essences bring the energy of plant medicine to our practice and can allow for a shift into intention and meditation.
Please note, these sprays do include a small amount of essential oils. Class may not be suitable for those with scent sensitivities or allergies. Instructed by trained herbalist Kerry Amann. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 6:00PM - 7:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Edible Flowers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | April 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan loves to add edible petals to everything from salads, entrees and desserts. Learn what flowers are edible, how to pick and store them and, most importantly, how to add them to recipes.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Natural Beauty from the Desert
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | April 4 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn simple ways to enjoy desert plants by making a relaxing bath soak, cleansing skin tonic, clay facial mask and a simple body lotion. Native plants such as aloe vera, agave, jojoba, and prickly pear will be discussed. Safe guidelines for collecting and using wild plants will also be taught to protect native plant environments. Instructed by Janice Cox. Limit 30.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 4, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Guided Curandero Herb and Garden Walk
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | April 5 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Jesús Cuauhtémoc Villa, a curandero, will introduce you to his family’s ancestral herbalism and healing traditions through this class session and Garden walk. Learn the basics of how to gather and dry herbs, as well as how to prepare herbal remedies such as teas, infusions and tinctures. After the in-classroom session, take a stroll while discussing the various native and non-Native plants that can be used medicinally. Limit 15.  
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Beans, Beans, Beans
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | April 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

This presentation highlights heirloom beans from around the world and shows you how to enjoy beans in everyday meals. Recipes and samples of heirloom beans will be provided. Instructed by Chef Larry Canepa. Limit 12. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Apr 7, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Citrus Basket
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

Everyone who lives in our area knows someone with citrus trees. Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate some of her favorite recipes using homegrown citrus.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Herbs for Wellness
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday | April 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Do you love the idea of using herbs to support your wellness and balance but just don't know where to start? Are you already using some herbs but want to learn more? Learn about herbal actions, delivery systems and how to choose high quality herbs. Class includes handouts, take away recipes and a few samples to take home. Instructed by trained herbalist Kerry Amann. Limit 24. 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Asian Noodles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | April 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will show you various Asian noodle varieties such as soba, udon, rice and Korean sweet potato. Learn which are gluten-free, how to best cook them and where to purchase them. Sample three of Chef Terri’s favorite Asian noodle dishes including JapChae made with sweet potato vermicelli, soba noodles with sesame vinaigrette, beets and carrots and a spicy peanut salad made with Chinese egg noodles. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 29, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Where's the Gluten?
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 3 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates how to change some favorite recipes into gluten-free stars.  Recipes to be demonstrated include Falafel Waffles with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce; Seeded Oat Crackers with Carrot Miso “butter”, and Red Velvet Flourless Chocolate Torte made with beets. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, May 3, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Preparing Mother's Day Lunch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 1 – 3 p.m.

Celebrate your mother with a fantastic Mother’s Day lunch! Chef Maggie Norris prepares a spring vegetable and goat cheese dip and panko-crusted crab cakes with roasted pepper and chive aioli. Savor a delightful snap pea and arugula salad with burrata cheese, and finish the day with a luscious lemon-soufflé pudding cake. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 9, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Breakfast Makeover
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 16 | 10 a.m. – Noon

In addition to filling our empty stomachs, our breakfast sets the pace of our whole day. Learn how to make grain-free hot cereal, blueberry buttermilk pancake bites, a delicious crustless quiche, homemade sausage patties, a creamy caffeine-free coffee alternative, a new way to season bacon and a tidier way to cook it.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 16, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Artisanal Ice Creams
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to transform your kitchen into a gourmet ice cream parlor by making your own artisanal cone or bowl from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Natalie Melkonoff gives you the scoop on chilling homemade ice cream with a variety of recipes utilizing local flavors and classic favorites. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our instructor. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, May 17, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Meatless Mediterranean
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | May 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Chef Terri makes baked pink lentil falafel with kale and carrot ribbons, honey-glazed eggplant with pomegranate molasses, jeweled turmeric couscous with dates, dried cherries and pistachio and lemon almond olive oil cake. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a sample of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Tue, May 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

 
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. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact Lauren Marks, Program Development Manager - Children & Family, at 480-481-8123.

Baby Boojums - Winter
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Caregivers and children ages 6-30 months discover firsthand how sensory-based experiences in nature can guide early childhood development, and strengthen bonds with each other and with the Sonoran Desert.

Class activities vary according to age and development milestones. For ages 6-18 months or those who are sitters and crawlers, we recommend the 9:30-10:30 a.m. class. For ages 18-30 months or those who are strong walkers, we recommend the 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. class.

Seedlings - Spring
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers explore the wonders of our desert through nature-based activities and guided walks on the trails. Snack included. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Caregivers and children ages 6-30 months discover firsthand how sensory-based experiences in nature can guide early childhood development, and strengthen bonds with each other and with the Sonoran Desert. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

Class activities vary according to age and development milestones. For ages 6-18 months or those who are sitters and crawlers, we recommend the 9:30-10:30 a.m. class. For ages 18-30 months or those who are strong walkers, we recommend the 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. class.


 
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, and jewelry making.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted. We suggest that you bring your own snacks or lunch.


Ammonite Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | Mar. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The ammonite, a fossilized sea squid from Madagascar, makes a wonderful focal point when integrated into the body of a canteen gourd. Color and dye the gourd and then stipple during this session. There will be an option to color stippled areas with a variety of different products. The latter portion of the day will be spent lashing the pygmy date palm onto the gourd.  All supplies furnished. Click here for suggested materials list. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Mar 1, 2020 9:30AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Butterflies in Watercolor
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Butterflies in Watercolor
Mondays | March 2 and March 9 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Butterflies are nature’s glittering jewels. Learn to draw and paint butterflies, flowers and maybe even some moths! We will explore patterns and behaviors as well as the flowers they are attracted to. Instruction includes drawing and multiple watercolor painting techniques. All levels of skill are welcome. Students may bring sketchbooks, pencils, additional paint and brushes. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 2, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal: The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $108.00
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PACKAGE DEAL (3 courses):

Register by March 1 to receive a 10% discount.
Offer expires March 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price and are subject to availability.

Florals | Wednesday | March 4 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Birds | Wednesday | April 15 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Desert | Wednesday | May 6 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Suitable for every skill level, create beautiful art by doodling over a watercolor background. Choose a class that focuses on florals, birds, or desert doodling themes. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin.


 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Florals
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Florals    
Wednesday | March 4 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR
Wednesday | March 18 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

      
Suitable for every level, create beautiful art by doodling flowers over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable, mounted to cradle board, etc. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.

 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Owls on Cholla
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | March 11 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Students will learn wool roving techniques to sculpt wool into three dimensional shapes with felting needles. Capture the magic of sculptural needle felting by creating one-of-a-kind wool owls attached to a cholla branch. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Crepe Paper California Poppy
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Friday | March 13 | 10 a.m. - noon

Learn how to make a beautiful California poppy and how to use alcohol ink to create gradients in flowers. Step by step, students will learn how to make a crepe paper flower with two buds and leaves to decorate their home or share with their friends or family.  Also, students will learn a bit about this wildflower that grows here in Arizona during spring. Instructed by Sandra Villegas. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Felted Silk Scarf
Regular Price: $118.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sunday | March 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn to make the perfect fashion accessory for Arizona’s mild spring chill—a lightweight silk scarf embellished with colorful wool roving and yarns. Designs can be graphic or organic in style, and no two will be alike. Students also learn about base fabric selection and how to pick the right roving to use. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Cactus Collage
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday| March 17 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. OR
Friday | April 17 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Learn a variety of mixed media techniques, upcycle magazines and vintage books and use them to create fresh new art. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.

Awesome Blossoms Mosaic
Regular Price: $112.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | March 25 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Starting with porcelain tiles we will design and mosaic our flower studies. We then switch tools and begin to use glass tiles to complete the background.  Project measures 8x10” and is completed with a black frame and comes complete with all you need to succeed! Please bring lunch and snacks. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 10:30AM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Scientific Botanical Art: Prickly Pear Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Wednesdays | April 1, April 8, April 15, and April 29 | 8 a.m. - noon         

Through a variety of exercises you will develop your own style and skills to become and accomplished botanical artist with pen and ink on acetate. All skill levels welcome but class is best suited to those with some prior drawing experience or adventurous beginners. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Katherine Rink Callingham. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Birdbath Mosaic
Regular Price: $112.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | April 1 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Create an artistic paradise for birds with a porcelain tiled birdbath bowl. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 15.
Please bring lunch or snacks.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 10:30AM - 4:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Gouache
Regular Price: $207.00
Member Price: $162.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by March 5 and receive a 10 percent discount.

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


Introduction to Gouache
Wednesdays | April 1 and 8 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A bit thicker than watercolors, gouache paint is a centuries-old medium that all painters should experience. This introductory class explores materials-including brushes, papers and pigments-and techniques for glazing and blending colors. Students take inspiration from seasonal flowers and plants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves.

Cactus Flowers in Gouache
Wednesdays | May 6, 13 and 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The simple geometry of most cacti makes them excellent subjects for mastering shadow and texture in gouache. And with colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to endlessly interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet and dry brush methods to create exquisite cacti paintings. 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Introduction to Gouache
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday | April 1 and April 8 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A bit thicker than watercolors, gouache paint is a centuries-old medium that all painters should experience. This introductory class explores materials-including brushes, papers, pigments and techniques for glazing and blending colors. Students take inspiration from seasonal flowers and plants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Suminagashi Marbling
Regular Price: $78.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Sunday | April 5 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Psychedelic tie-dye meets meditative printmaking in the Japanese art of suminagashi, or 'floating ink.' Students are introduced to techniques of suminagashi by floating colorful inks on water to capture unique patterns on paper. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Saguaro Moon Affirmation Mirror
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a beautiful Affirmation Mirror called Saguaro Moon with a power word of your choice. Seeing our reflection in the mirror while reading the “power word” or phrase offers positive repetition, which can reinforce our belief system, enhance our attitude, and even lift our mood.  We will be using mixed media, acrylic paint and drawing skills.  We will embellish the sky with glitter, faux gems and metallic paint. Think about a powerful word or short phrase to add to the finished painting. Instructed by Sheila Eastman. Limit 10. Click here for required materials list
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Birds
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | April 15 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Suitable for every level, create beautiful art by doodling birds over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable or mounted to cradle board. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Air Plant Jellyfish
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday | April 19 | 2 - 5 p.m.

Create a nautical plant sculpture without any soil. Combine sea urchin shells with air plants dangling underneath to complete the jellyfish impression. Instructed by Lynn Reves.Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 19, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Copper Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sunday | April 19 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This striking vessel features sea grass and straight and twisted copper strips. Students will color and seal the gourd and then learn three weaving techniques: twining, coiling and couching. Beads and a large copper embellishment will complete this unique piece. Instructor will provide a cleaned and prepped canteen gourd, dye inks, sealant, dyed sea grass, and copper wire. Students should bring lunch, a bucket, old towel, apron and a wire cutter. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.

 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 19, 2020 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Monarch Embroidery
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday | April 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday | April 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Learn a few stiches and you will be on your way to hand embroidering a stunning monarch butterfly. Also explore fabric collage techniques and create a milkweed plant for your butterfly creation. Enjoy the meditative process of contemporary embroidery as you create a unique work of art for your home. No experience needed. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.

Macramé Wall Hanging
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday | April 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. AND
Monday | May 4 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (2 class sessions)


Learn how to tie basic knots to create a unique macramé wall hanging that will bring light, airy texture to your space. In this class, weave a modern macramé wall hanging using rope strung from a mesquite branch. This woven wall hanging measures 24 x 44 inches. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Whimsical Wind Chimes
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | May 3 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Blend the breeze into the sensory charms of your garden or patio with a custom wind chime. Use mesquite or cholla wood to hang colorful glass beads that will make a sweet sound whenever the wind blows. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, May 3, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Desert
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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The Art of Doodling Over Watercolor: Desert
Thursday | April 16 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR
Wednesday | May 6 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Suitable for every level, create beautiful art with desert themes by doodling over a watercolor background that is frameable, scanable, mounted to cradle board, etc. Instructed by Sheryl Franklin. Limit 10.

 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cactus Flowers in Gouache
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesday | May 6, 13, and 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The simple geometry of most cacti makes them excellent subjects for mastering shadow and texture in gouache. And with colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to endlessly interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet and dry brush methods to create exquisite cacti paintings. Click here for additional required materials Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Sonoran Desert Stitchery
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | May 14 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn to stitch sunsets, cacti, and tumbleweed in this hand embroidery class. Combine colorful threads and a variety of stitches to create a stunning Sonoran desert scene. Discover why the relaxing tradition of embroidery has become so trendy! No experience needed. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

 
Desert Landscape School Events

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

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

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

 
Sleep Over Camp
Sparkling starry skies, crackling campfires, and up close animal encounters await - join us on a child-friendly exclusive overnight adventure!

An evening campfire snack and light breakfast is included, along with Garden admission for the evening and the following day. Adult chaperone participants are required for children under 18 years of age and are suggested to accompany children in at least a 1:5 ratio. Camping gear is not included- please bring your own sleeping arrangements and flashlights.

Price listed is for one participant.

Sleep Over Camp
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Camp out overnight with animals from Wild Rising by Cracking Art. Experience guided night hikes, campfire snacks and storytellers, and special animal guests. In the morning, rise with the sun and enjoy the trails before the Garden opens its gates.

Please include all members of your party in your quantity selection.
Session Wild Rising Sleep Over: Fri, May 1, 2020 - Sat, May 2, 2020 6:00PM - 9:30AM   OPEN

 
Spring Break Camp
Children in grades K-6 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.

Extended Camp is now available as an add-on product when you register for Spring Break Camp.

Wings and Wildflowers
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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Your child will become a budding botanist as we examine flowers, bugs and birds during this week-long camp session. Each day packs new nature-based adventures, art projects, and creativity into engaging and educational experiences Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Please select the quantity of campers above AND select group with your child's grade level in the drop-down menu below to continue with your registration. This may mean you must complete multiple registrations if you have children spanning multiple age groups. This helps us ensure that friends and family members are in their preferred groups. Thank you!

Extended Camp is available as an add-on when you register for Spring Break Camp.

Refund Policy
To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to lmarks@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8123/480.481.8151.

 
Summer Camp K-6th Grade
Rising kindergarteners-rising 6th graders 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 week packs new nature-based adventures, art projects, and creativity into engaging and educational experiences. Snack provided. Campers bring their own lunch.

To register for your selected week of camp, please select the quantity of campers AND select the group with your child/children's grade level(s) for the 2020-2021 school year in the drop-down menu. This may mean you complete multiple registrations if you have children spanning multiple grades. This helps us ensure family members and friends are in their preferred groups. Thank you!

Package Deal - Summer Camp 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $380.00
Member Price: $305.00
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Register for two weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

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

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Package Deal - Summer Camp 3 Weeks
Regular Price: $570.00
Member Price: $458.00
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Register for three weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

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

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Package Deal - Summer Camp 4 Weeks
Regular Price: $760.00
Member Price: $610.00
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Register for four weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

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

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Extended Camp Week: Wonderful Water June
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 1-5 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Wonderful Water June E: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 - Fri, Jun 5, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Real Life Transformers June
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 8-12 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level for Extended Camp. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Real Life Transformers: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 - Fri, Jun 12, 2020 3:30PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Locomotion Commotion
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 15-19 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Locomotion Commotion: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - Fri, Jun 19, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Amazing Adaptations
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 22-26 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Amazing Adaptations: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 - Fri, Jun 26, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Wonderful Water July
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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July 6-10 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Wonderful Water July: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 - Fri, Jul 10, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Real Life Transformers July
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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July 13-17 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level for Extended Camp. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Real Life Transformers: Mon, Jul 13, 2020 - Fri, Jul 17, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Wonderful Water - June
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 1-5 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dive in to summer with an exploration of water. Investigate the chemical properties, ecological importance, and conservation of water in our desert. Prepare to get wet!

Real Life Transformers - June
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 8-12 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore lifecycles of frogs, butterflies and other creatures through hands-on activities and live animal guests as they make their amazing transformations from beginning to end.
 

Locomotion Commotion
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 15-19 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Run, scurry, slither, and hurry to camp to uncover the many modes of animal locomotion. Discover how animals move and how they influence engineers designing their own inventions.

Amazing Adaptations
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 22-26 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why are jackrabbit ears so big? Why are chuckwallas' tails so fat? Discover answers to these questions and many other amazing adaptations to life in our harsh desert climate.

Wonderful Water - July
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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July 6-10 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dive in to summer with an exploration of water. Investigate the chemical properties, ecological importance, and conservation of water in our desert. Prepare to get wet!

Real Life Transformers - July
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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July 13-17 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore lifecycles of frogs, butterflies and other creatures through hands-on activities and live animal guests as they make their amazing transformations from beginning to end.

 
History and 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.

Hummingbirds
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | Feb. 27 | 8 - 11 a.m. OR
Thursday | Mar. 19 | 8 - 11 a.m.


Learn about more than a dozen 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.

Phoenix Peregrine Falcons
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | Feb. 27 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Peregrines make cheetahs look slow. They are not only the fastest vertebrate on the planet; they are incredible predators in their own right. Listed as an endangered species just a few decades ago, peregrines have made an incredible recovery and were removed from the endangered species list. Learn about these amazing falcons and why Arizona was one of the first states to support robust populations. Instructed by Jeff Meyers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Writers of the Purple Sage
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Mar. 1 | Noon – 2 p.m.

The Western fiction genre is unique to America and cherished worldwide. We’ll examine the popular authors, James Fenimore Cooper, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Louie L ’Amour and Larry McMurtry. Follow the evolution of the genre, as well as how contemporary events influenced changes in reader’s viewpoints with unusual tidbits, anecdotes, and quotes from the authors about their work. Instructed by Jim Turner. Limit 30.    
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Mar 1, 2020 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Native Bees of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | March 9 | 6 - 8 p.m.

This program is intended for adults and teens and teaches how to differentiate the non-native honey bee from native desert bees (of which there are over 1,000 species in AZ)! Learn bee biology and ecology while highlighting a number of bee-friendly habitat plants. Because native bees are so diverse in size, form, and features, class emphasis is on identifying honey bees, impostor flies and wasps. Participation in citizen science projects, making scientific observations, and setting up experiments in your own garden will be discussed. Instructed by Madeleine Ostwald. Limit 30
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 9, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Photography in AZ
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | March 15 | Noon - 2 p.m. 

For more than 150 years, some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams glorified Arizona’s skies, canyons, and mesas. This presentation’s powerful images make the land and its people come alive. Instructed by Jim Turner. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Vultures and Condors
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | March 18 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. AND
Saturday | March 21 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. (field trip)


Soar with the desert’s natural garbage disposals, vultures and condors. Considered ugly by some, these bald birds fill a unique ecological niche. In this interactive class, find out more about the animals’ remarkable anatomical adaptations and the health threats that we happen to share with them. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. First session in classroom and second session is in the field. Transportation to the local field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Evidence for Evolution
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | March 19 | 2 - 4 p.m. 

How can we be sure humans evolved from a branch of the Great Apes? If we evolved from apes, why are there still apes? How does one species give rise to another? Is evolution still happening? What is “the theory of evolution by natural selection,” and how sure are scientists about it? Dr. Kirstin Hendrickson will take an empirical look at the evidence scientists use to understand our evolutionary roots. We will look specifically at the path of human evolution and its place within the context of the planet. Join us for a tour of the science and language of evolution, all wrapped into the fascinating story of how we came to be human. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

All About Cranes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | March 25 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Cranes are large, elegant, remarkable birds that figure prominently in folklore around the world. In this interactive class, we’ll concentrate on the lifestyle and behavior of Sandhill Cranes, (common to the United States), discuss the endangered Whooping Crane and review a selection of international cranes. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (7 AVAIL)

Global and Local Plastic Pollution
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | March 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.    

Beth Polidoro, Associate Professor, School of Math & Natural Sciences at ASU, provides specific case studies, including examples from the Sonoran Desert and metro-Phoenix, to help to illustrate impacts on ecosystems and public health.  Review global, regional and local initiatives to reduce and mitigate plastic pollution. The pros and cons of different technologies, policies, and management initiatives will be discussed, along with a presentation of opportunities to engage in solutions globally and locally. Limit 24.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

History of Tequila
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | March 31 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Tequila is one of the most popular distilled beverages in America, and its roots are firmly planted here in the southwest desert. This course will explore the process and history of tequila making, as well as the native cultures it came from and how it is now integrated into our own. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 31, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Birding 101
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | April 2 | 7 - 10:30 a.m.

Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations. The field experience will help participants find birds, as well as develop a vocabulary of field marks for identification. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 7:00AM - 10:30AM   (10 AVAIL)

What to See in Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | April 5 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Before he retired from the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 Jim Turner worked with more than 70 museums all over the state. As an editor/author for Rio Nuevo Publishers for the past ten years he has researched and written about Arizona’s archaeological sites and natural wonders. If you’re new to Arizona, or even if you’re a native, you are sure to find some spots you didn’t know about, or will enjoy revisiting. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Forensic Botany: Scene of the Crime
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 15 |  6 - 8 p.m.    

Join Dr. Ken Sweat as he examines the use of plants and traditionally related organisms as evidence in criminal investigations. Beginning with the wood grain of the ladder left at the scene of the Lindberg baby kidnapping, and continuing into modern genetics-based case studies, review how plant evidence has solved past crimes and will help future investigators prosecute the guilty and free the innocent. Limit 30.
Class formerly titled “Scene of the Crime.” 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Astronomy Night at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday | April 17 | 6:30 - 9 p.m.    

Join the Phoenix Astronomical Society for an informative, fun and educational observing night! Come learn what’s in the night sky and how to find those elusive objects. Class participants will enjoy views through three high powered telescopes. Plus, Meteorite Mike will be available to answer questions. Optional supplies: A red filtered flashlight, comfortable shoes and a light jacket. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Apr 17, 2020 6:30PM - 9:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Be a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | April 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Citizen Science is for everyone, no matter your age, experience level or time constraints. Learn how to use the iNaturalist app and be part of an international community of naturalists. Students will gain experience with the app by making observations during a Garden walk. Participants should bring their smartphone, sturdy walking shoes, hat and water. Instructed by Dr. Anne Ellis. Limit 30.

Go to www.inaturalist.org to download the app before attending class. iNaturalist does not have a cost.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 18, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Biomimicry: Tapping into Nature's Genius
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 29 | 6 - 8 p.m. 

Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of life’s genius, and offers a new perspective for a sustainable and regenerative future by asking the question: what lessons can we learn from the natural world? The compelling core of this new field is that nature has already solved many of the challenges we are currently facing: energy use, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, and more. Participants will learn to tune into the genius of nature through careful observation techniques and dive deeper into the realm of bio-inspired design. This workshop will guide you through the biomimicry process: identifying organism function and strategy, synthesizing design principles, and brainstorming applications for how we might learn from these time-tested solutions. Instructed by Lily Urmann of the ASU School of Biomimicry. Limit 30.
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 29, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Medical Marijuana
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 2 - 4 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 Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 9, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Sustainability and Happiness
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | May 16 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Dr. Scott Cloutier, of the ASU School of Sustainability, will discuss his research on the links between sustainability and happiness while Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing will address holistic nutritional practices for enhancing mind, body, and spirit.  The presentation will enhance and offer accessible practices to students to achieve sustainable happiness for collective prosperity. Limit 30.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 16, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

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

Girl Scouts: Bugs and Beyond
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | Apr. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

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

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Bugs and Beyond Spring: Sat, Apr 18, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Girl Scouts: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 10 a.m. - noon

Metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly as you journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly and learn what a butterfly needs in order to survive and thrive. Scouts search for each part of the lifecycle, visit the Garden's butterfly pavilion, and earn a unique participation patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Bountiful Butterflies : Sat, May 9, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

 
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.

Saguaro Lake Kayak Trip
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Friday | March 20 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Join us for a fun and relaxing tour on Saguaro Lake, situated between the rugged Superstition Mountains and the towering Four Peaks. Try your hand at an inflatable kayak; participants may opt to trade watercraft with each other mid-tour or stick with one discipline. This scenic desert reservoir provides habitat for many important species of wildlife such as bald eagles, desert bighorn sheep and numerous examples of reptiles and amphibians. It is also one of the foraging areas of the famous Salt River horses, which are frequently seen along the shores. This tour is suitable for adults of all ages and ability levels. No previous experience is required. Lunch will be provided. Transportation from the Garden is not included. Limit 12
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Mar 20, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00AM   WAIT LIST

Biosphere 2
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Friday | April 3 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Travel to the incredible Biosphere 2 scientific research facility to take a private walking tour hosted by their expert staff. View the inside and outside of this marvel and experience what it would be like to live under the glass. The tour consists of traversing the various biomes including the tropical rainforest, the ocean overlook, coastal fog desert and underground technosphere. The tour does include approximately 150 stairs (up and down) and the route is just under one mile to walk round-trip. Bottled water is allowed on the tour and encouraged. After the tour, grab a bite at the Biosphere 2 Café before returning to the Garden. Transportation from the Garden is included. Limit 10. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 8:30AM - 3:30PM   WAIT LIST

Colossal Cave and Empire Ranch
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Saturday | April 11 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Combine the history of a 140-year-old working cattle ranch and the stunning Colossal Cave for a sensational adventure! We will hike the half-mile Heritage Discovery Trail, where you will find majestic cottonwood trees, and many outlying historic structures. Then we will visit Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Colossal Cave is known for its beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites and was once used by Hohokam and Sobaipuri for shelter. On this guided tour, your guide will share information on the cave’s history, legends and geology as you walk up and down six and a half stories (the equivalent of 363 stairs) of the magnificent Colossal Cave. Limit 10.

Day trip includes:
• Expert guides
• Transportation to and from the Garden
• Entrance fees
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 11, 2020 7:00AM - 6:00PM   WAIT LIST

Birds, History and a Bit of Spice
Regular Price: $1,300.00
Member Price: $1,100.00
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Monday - Wednesday | April 13 - 15, 2020

Join us on an expedition to some of the most famous birding locations in North America: Southern Arizona’s Madera Canyon, Rio Rico ponds, Kino Springs, Patagonia and Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Stay at the historic and stunning 500-acre Otero Ranch (now Tubac Golf Resort and Spa). Scheduled to avoid weekend crowds, we will bird in the mornings and explore historical sites in the afternoons. Visiting the Mission San Xavier del Bac, Mission Tumacacori and the Santa Cruz Chile and Spice Company will be the historical highlights on this tour. Led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Portland Audubon Society. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Professional birding guides
  • Lodging, taxes, and fees at the historic Tubac Golf Resort Monday and Tuesday evenings
  • Dinner on Monday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday
  • Transportation for all group activities
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All entry fees to parks and historical sites
  • Gratuities for site docent guides at both missions
Not included:
  • Transportation to and from Tubac Resort
  • Personal Expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Arrive Monday at 3 p.m. | Depart Wednesday at 3 p.m.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 - Wed, Apr 15, 2020 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

 
Teens in the Garden
During monthly gatherings throughout the school year, teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens and similar institutions.

Applications are required to be submitted and accepted prior to registration.

Teens in the Garden 2019-2020
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden is a year-long program that focuses on monthly volunteer service learning projects, career building opportunities, and exploring nature and fun with science.

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

For more information, please contact jbello@dbg.org
Valid: Sat, Oct 5, 2019 - Sat, May 2, 2020   (17 AVAIL)