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.

If you have already purchased or received a LEARN Gift Certificates, and wish to apply it to a class, you may do so during checkout.

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.

To redeem this gift with a promo code, add one to your cart. You will be able to enter your code on the following page.

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.

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   (14 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   (15 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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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January Session

Wednesdays | Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 | 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Leafy Greens for Winter Salads
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | Jan. 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

We are all familiar with lettuce and arugula, but what about bok choi, Swiss chard or even mizuna? Join gardener Carol Stuttard to learn about all of the many different wonderful leafy greens that can be easily grown for winter salads here in the low desert. All participants will get a chance to sow a small winter salad pot of their own to take home.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Fri, Jan 24, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Join beekeeper Dan Punch to learn about the different types of bees and their roles in the hive, the work and lifecycle of honeybees, how to construct hives and where to purchase equipment. There will be hands-on material and local honey samples. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (20 AVAIL)

How to Grow a Tomato
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

You can grow juicy, succulent tomatoes right here in the Sonoran Desert. Learn which tomatoes-determinate or indeterminate, hybrids or heirlooms-you can grow and how to harvest them. Discover the many varieties of shapely, colorful tomatoes, including pear, plum, slicer, salad and cherry. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Feng Shui for the Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 1 – 3 p.m.

When your garden’s arrangement allows the flow of chi, the universal life-force in Chinese philosophy, it is said have good feng shui. In this class, landscape architect Liza Blank discusses basic principles and tools to create a beautiful, flowing garden environment, and how to apply the bagua, or energy map, through color and the five elements of feng shui for peace and tranquility. Limit 20.
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Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Wild Edibles
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to identify and when to harvest mesquite, ironwood, and paloverde trees and how to harvest and juice prickly pear cactus fruits. Sample desert food and drinks will be provided. Written harvesting instructions and recipes included. Instructed by Kelly Athena. Limit 30
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 2:30PM - 4:30PM   (17 AVAIL)

Salsa Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon

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 Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Mediterranean Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn to make a garden worthy of admiration with desert-adapted plants, trees and herbs. This class covers all the essential design elements of a Mediterranean garden, including water features, fireplaces, outdoor lighting, pergolas, walkway materials, wall treatments, dining areas and planting design. Whether you are starting with a blank slate for a new home or redoing your current yard, this class will help you add a villa vibe to all your outdoor living spaces. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. Learn how to control insects, tips for survival and pruning for maximum blooms. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 29, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Drip Design/Installation for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | February 1 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Learn how to best use drip irrigation to properly water residential vegetable & herb gardens and container plants. Find out about designing proper system zoning and specialty emission devices, as well as how the water supply connection to final water delivery will help water your plants as efficiently as possible. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.  
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Examine the basics of organic vegetable gardening and discuss the adaptability of plants while exploring genetically modified vegetables and their role in the environment. Plus, learn about vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

All Things Lavender
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 5 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. We will discuss uses, history, varieties, and how to harvest and store this amazing plant. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

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

Wednesdays | Feb. 5 and Feb 12 | 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Adeniums
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m. OR 4 - 6 p.m.

Often called desert roses, the popular, sculptural plants in the Adenium genus sprout flowers that epitomize the desert's beauty. They are fast and easy to grow-even in containers-if you know how to tend to their basic horticultural needs. Join Mark Dimmitt, a plant breeder specializing in Adenium, as he discusses their care, watering, light requirements, fertilization, overwintering and more. Take home seeds. Limit 30.

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Feb. 10 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Learn how to select citrus varieties that will ensure fresh fruits for up to nine months.  Discuss correct planting techniques and suitable locations, how to properly water and fertilize citrus, and how to protect them from diseases, insects and harsh weather. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 10, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Irrigation Maintenance and Repair
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 15 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor Jeff Lee will show the components of your irrigation system, including drip, bubblers and sprinklers, that need to be maintained and the intervals in which it should be done. We will discuss inspecting the systems for leaks, all recommended maintenance practices, and modifying your system for effective watering, as well as the most common system malfunctions and repairs. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 15, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Best Bulbs for Desert Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 16 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Bulbs supply some of the most exquisite notes and seasonal surprises in a garden, and many species live as happily in hot, exposed conditions as they do in shaded containers. Discover which bulbs to plant and where to buy them, plus soil, watering and exposure requirements. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 16 | 2 - 4 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your winter vegetable gardens, you need to start thinking about spring planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic spring vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful spring garden awaits. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Flowering All Year
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 10 a.m. – Noon

“AZ Plant Lady” Noelle Johnson shares her favorite plants that flower throughout most of the year, as well as tips for using plants with overlapping bloom seasons. Part of the class will be spent walking through the Garden looking at examples of year-round flowering plants. Limit 24. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Xeriscaping
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping that uses as many native, drought-resistant plants as possible and arranges them in efficient, water-saving ways. It does not mean “Zero-scaping” i.e. no plants at all.  Using the wonderful desert palette of SW native plants, a xeriscape garden can be very attractive, even in the heat of summer. Learn about the principles of Xeriscape gardening, as well as the wide variety of low water use plants that can and do grow well here. Instructed by Horticulturalist Carol Stuttard. Limit 24. 
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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February Session

Wednesdays | Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 | 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Fragrance Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Discover a selection of desert-adapted plants with pleasing aromas as well as colors, textures, and forms. Learn to create a sensory experience that lasts throughout the year. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Passion for Penstemon
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Delve into the wonderful wildflower world of Penstemon, sometimes known as beardtongues. Penstemon is a popular ornamental among plant enthusiasts due to its striking array of flower colors, numerous hybrids and cultivars, and small size. Explore which Penstemons can be grown in the low desert and how to care for them. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Plant problems can arise from a variety of pathogens, insect pests, environmental conditions and even from the way we take care of our plants. Different culprits can cause problems with similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. 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.
 

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   (19 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   (4 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   (14 AVAIL)

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

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.

Click here for additional required materials.

 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 29, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

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   (18 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.

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 15 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Go above and beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy® smartphone and unlock the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy® smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed® and Instagram® apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 15, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Photographing Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday | January 21 | 6 – 8 p.m.

The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking, but hard to capture. Join Robert McBride in this classroom session to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from taking advantage of the soft winter light to creating images that are beautifully exposed amid bright conditions. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual. Limit 10. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 21, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Photographing Nature in Winter: In the Field
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Explore the winter wonderland of Sedona’s Red Rocks with Robert McBride. Discover techniques to capture winter scenes, from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, and tripod. This is an offsite program and transportation from the Garden is included. Limit 10. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 5 - 7:30 p.m. OR
Sunday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


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

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. -  1 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 mobile photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Capturing the Desert in Black and White
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring camera and lenses. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 29 | 6 - 8 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.

Galaxy Smartphone Photography 2: Editing
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday | Jan. 30 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Take your Galaxy smartphone photography skills to the next level by fine-tuning your photos with a swipe of your thumb using a variety of editing apps. Learn to fix compositional and lighting errors or enhance your photos with artistic effects. This is a follow-up class for participants who have already taken Galaxy Smartphone Photography. We will continue editing using Snapseed, Instagram, and additional editing apps. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 30, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Friday | Jan. 31 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND
Friday | Feb. 7 | 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.

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 | 10 a.m. – Noon

Wildlife presents a photographer with unique challenges when it comes to capturing a vibrant, living creature in the moment. In this classroom session, learn what equipment is needed, mastering exposure, composition and design to achieve maximum color, composition and design, how and when to approach your subject and more. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Instagram for Gardeners
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Feb. 8 | 2 – 4 p.m.

It can take months or even years to produce flowers that bloom for just a week, or vegetables that make a single meal. Learn to capture and share those special, hard-earned moments with your friends and Instagram® followers in a perfectly curated picture. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Wildlife Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday | Feb. 8 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world renowned zoo featuring more than 200 animal species exhibited in simulated natural habitats. This trip expands upon Photographing Wildlife: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for nature photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod and 200m lens or greater. This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Price includes admission into the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Lunch is not included. Limit 10. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 12 | 7:15 - 9:15 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 7:15PM - 9:15PM   (12 AVAIL)

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, composition, and other tips to capture powerful wildflower images. Limit 12. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 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   (10 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. 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 and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu

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

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

Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Open your body, unfold your breath, awaken your mind and begin a new day in the beautiful Garden setting. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

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.

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.

Vegetarian Comfort Food
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Jan. 16 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy comfort food vegetarian style. Chef Terri Milligan will share some of her favorites: sweet potato quinoa and black bean enchilada casserole, orzo spinach feta bake, root vegetable tagine with pomegranates, Italian farro, sweet corn and wild mushroom skillet. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Craft Chocolate Making 101
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday | Jan. 20 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A deep dive into the world of craft chocolate! Experience a demonstration & discussion of micro-batch “bean-to-bar” craft chocolate making. Learn how cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate and discover the world of natural flavors that can be found in craft chocolate. Learn about the differences between “Industrial Chocolate” and Ethically-Sourced craft chocolate. Includes sampling of freshly roasted cocoa nibs, chocolate liquor (100% cacao; no sugar) & a guided tasting of single-origin dark chocolates. Experience the Chocolate Flavor Wheel. Instructed by Jim & Maureen Elitzak. Limit 24.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 7:00PM - 9:00PM   WAIT LIST

Freezer-Friendly Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Ride the next wave of meal-making momentum through a whole week's worth of prep with a new set of recipes fit for the freezer. Chef Maggie Norris discusses ingredients that freeze well and how long to really keep them frozen. Discover recipes for “not your mother’s” meatloaf, mac and cheese, twice baked potatoes and chicken noodle soup. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Easy Italian Cheeses
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate how to make ricotta, mascarpone and fresh mozzarella. The cheeses will be incorporated into delicious recipes.  Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Risotto and Gnocchi
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Risotto and gnocchi are Italian favorites. Learn the tricks to making a perfect risotto and a fluffy gnocchi in Chef Terri Milligan’s demonstration class.  Observe how to prepare a savory rosemary and mint-infused asparagus and mascarpone risotto as well as a sweet dessert version of risotto. Then watch Chef Terri prepare sweet potato gnocchi finished in a maple pecan and cinnamon butter. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Sleep and Digestion
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | Feb. 9 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about  a number of herbs used to support sleep and digestion from Kerry Amann, clinical herbalist. Explore  herbal actions, delivery systems and how to choose high quality herbs.  Experience tasting, touching, smelling herbs and take recipes and a few samples home. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Winter Weather Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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***This class date has been updated**

Sunday | Feb. 9 | 1 – 3 p.m.


Get cozy from the inside out with a few tried-and-true winter favorites. Chef Maggie Norris creates and shares a dish of roasted carrots, onions and fennel with mint; mashed potato casserole with sage and fontina cheese and pepita-crusted seared trout. Wrap up the seasonal session with pumpkin bread pudding and caramel sauce. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Modern Moroccan
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn to use the many colorful spices of Morocco in this flavorful class by Chef Terri Milligan. Learn to make homemade preserved lemons, chicken and olive tagine with preserved lemons, lamb chops with Moroccan mint barbeque sauce and jeweled turmeric couscous with dried fruit, nuts and fresh herbs. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

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 bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 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

 
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.


 
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.


Botanical Collage
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR
Saturday | Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Explore the art of collage and discover a variety of mixed media techniques to create a unique, botanically-themed work of art. All materials included. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.
 

Agave and Aloe Soaps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 2 – 5 p.m.

Learn to make beautifully handcrafted soaps with aloe and agave ingredients. Instructor Lynn Reves will show how to use ingredients with southwest roots to create, melt and pour custom soaps. Types of base ingredients and additional custom ingredients will be taught. All supplies furnished. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Botanical Card Making
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instructor Beth Maggio will teach how to use die-cutting and embossing to make greeting cards with a botanical theme. Bring your own favorite pointed scissors. All other materials included. Limit 20.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Wild Rising Watercolors
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 9 a.m. – noon

Inspired by Wild Rising by Cracking Art at the Garden, explore painting several animals using watercolor. Learn basic techniques and experiment with different color palettes to create a watercolor version of the fun, colorful animals.  All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Felted Cactus
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn to use wool roving to felt little cactus and succulents to perch on a cholla branch or arrange in a pot. Tools and techniques to design and create the plants will be demonstrated. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Painting with Music
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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***This class date has been rescheduled.**

Sunday | Feb. 2 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Experience the rhythms and sounds of music, and explore color, texture and mark-making in a guided, free-flowing, no-rules series of experiments in painting with opaque watercolor (gouache). Everyone will go home with a set of materials to continue their practice. All levels welcome; bring your beginner’s mind. All supplies furnished Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2019: Sun, Feb 2, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 AND Feb. 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Create a desert botanical inspired canvas pillow cover in this two-part series. Learn painting techniques and embellishments to make a one of a kind home accent. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Nature Journaling with Watercolor
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 12, Feb.19 AND Feb. 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn drawing and watercolor painting techniques to capture the world around you. This three-part class will guide all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday | Feb. 13 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The spiky thorns and angular ridges of cacti often create unique interplays of light and shadow against the plants’ smooth green surfaces, all of which make them perfect subjects for watercolors. Learn how to capture these desert icons in watercolor. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 13, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Advanced Calligraphy
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18, Feb. 25 AND Mar. 3 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Build on your lettering skills and gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments and take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

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

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!

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

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 chuckwalla’s 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.

Package Deal - Summer Camp 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $305.00
Member Price: $380.00
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Register for two weeks of camp by April 8 and receive a 15 percent discount!

Offer expires April 8. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Select your camp weeks during checkout.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 - Mon, Jul 15, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Package Deal - Summer Camp 3 Weeks
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $450.00
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Register for three weeks of camp by April 8 and receive a discount!

Offer expires April 8. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Select your camp weeks during checkout.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 - Mon, Jul 15, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Package Deal - Summer Camp 4 Weeks
Regular Price: $610.00
Member Price: $760.00
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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.

 
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. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Arizona's Reptiles
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | Jan. 16 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinosaur descendants are regular inhabitants of desert backyards, but most of us know little about even the most common lizard species. Which one rids us of unwanted insects? Which ones are venomous? Learn the basics about Arizona’s reptiles from Jeff Meyers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30. 
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

History of Gardening in the United States
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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***This class has been canceled***
Tuesday | Jan. 21 | 6 – 8 p.m.


Investigate the history of the American garden and its transformation from ancient times to the present. How and where did our love of gardening and growing plants all begin? What ancient techniques do we still use today? Where are the oldest gardens in the USA? Join Carol Stuttard in this fascinating journey from 10,000 BC to 2020 AD. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
 

Shelter Dogs: A New Life
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn more about how your dog is really feeling. Dr. Lisa Gunter will discuss new research from the Canine Science Collaboratory that explores the canine experience in animal shelters. Learn what we can do to reduce stress for these dogs in their forever homes. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Scorpions of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | Jan. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Take a black light into your backyard at night and you might discover a few scorpion neighbors. While some are poisonous, most of these crawly critters prefer to keep to themselves, and some even rid us of other insect pests. Learn more about this misunderstood insect from Jeff Meyers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 23, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Global Warming: A Look at Scientific Evidence
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 2 – 4 p.m.

The topic of climate change is a fascinating one, both in terms of its history and its implications for the future. Did you know the theory of global warming was invented back in the 1800s by a Swede who’d recently been dumped by his girlfriend? Have you heard the notion of global warming rejected on the grounds that in the 1970s, a few scientists predicted we were headed for a new ice age? This lecture will take you on a roller coaster tour through the global warming science, obfuscations, politics, and likely outcomes. Bring an open mind, a skeptic’s eye, and a genuine interest in what’s going on in the world: you’ve never heard a global warming talk done like this before. Instructed by Kirstin Hendrickson, Director of the ASU Initiative for Science Literacy. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The complex landscapes of Arizona are geologically quite young, but they reveal rocks and fossils that record a history of almost two billion years. Explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, Mogollon Rim and the low deserts. Instructed by Dr. Steven Semken of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Woodpeckers and Wrens
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | Jan. 30 | 8 - 11 a.m.

We often take woodpeckers and wrens for granted, but they are really remarkable birds. The program will introduce both families of birds (think about why they are showcased together), and offer some uncommon facts about five common AZ species of woodpeckers and wrens. This program is interactive, with the hope that participants will share their own woodpecker and wren stories. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 30, 2020 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (3 AVAIL)

Desert Wildlife and Safety
Regular Price: $27.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 4 | 10 – 11 a.m. 

Hear from the Arizona Herpetological Sanctuary about how to be safe with native Arizona desert animals and to respect them in our environment. The demonstration will feature many critters including a Sonoran Desert tortoise, California king snake, Gopher snake, Western Diamondback rattlesnake, and a Gila monster. By showing people these animals in a safe setting, it helps to eliminate fear of these animals and to be more compassionate towards them. The class will also get to pet and interact up close with the three nonvenomous reptiles. Limit 30. 

 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 4, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

Discover Local Fauna: McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | Feb. 6 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Discover what mammal life is known to live in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and the looming urban stressors that could compromise their existence. Ralph Lipfert, Master Steward of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, will introduce you to diverse species from ground squirrels to mountain lions and the concept of regional connectivity. Learn about the recent deer collaring project by Arizona Game and Fish Department and ongoing camera trap work by the Conservancy. Limit 30. 
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 6, 2020 6:00PM - 7:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

The Mighty Colorado River
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. – Noon

Travel down one of the world’s great rivers from the first trickle to the final delta through this fascinating presentation. Trace the Colorado and Green rivers through millions of years of geology and numerous natural habitats. We’ll look at the rich past from dinosaurs and prehistoric cultures to fur trappers, prospectors, and river runners in this epic exploration of the Mississippi to the West. Instructed by Jim Turner. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Esteban: Original Explorer of the Southwest
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Feb. 16 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

February is African-American history month and not many people realize that the first Post-Colombian explorer to reach what is now Arizona was a Black Muslim man named Esteban. A member of the ill-fated Narvaez expedition to conquer Florida, Esteban arrived as a slave. Shipwrecked in east Texas, Esteban experienced Native American slavery and became the slave of a slave. Led by Cabeza De Vaca, four of the conquistadors escaped their servitude and fled westward. Along the way, as they travelled through plague-filled lands, the four surviving explorers became the leaders of a spontaneous religious cult. Once back in Mexico City, Esteban was given a choice offered to few in history – whether to remain in the colonial capitol as a celebrity slave or return to Spain’s barbarous northern frontier as a rogue deity.  Esteban chose to return. Instructed by Gary Every. Limit 30. 
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Arizona: A Natural History
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Feb. 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The environment of the Sonoran Desert engenders many extraordinary adaptations in the living beings that inhabit it. Dr. Ken Sweat introduces students to the geology, flora, fauna and human history of Arizona. Using biology, ecology, geology and archaeology, this class explores adaptations of desert animals, plants and other desert-dwelling life forms. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 17, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Hummingbirds
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | Feb. 27 | 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.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 8:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

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   (8 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   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.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | Jan. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for an authentic tea ceremony and private garden tour. This beautiful garden features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Tour includes private garden walking tour and public tea ceremony. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 16.
December tour led by Jack Gilcrest. January tour led by Liza Blank.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Mexico: Monarch Migration, Gardens and Heritage
Price: $2,999.00
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***THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT***

Cost $2,999

Price for double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $325. Rates do not include airfare.

For more information and to reserve your spot in this Garden expedition, please call Holbrook Travel at 877.907.5360 or go to www.holbrook.travel/desertbg-mx20.


Feb. 18 - 23, 2020

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from North America to their winter home in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains. The migration is one of nature's most amazing phenomena-and you can be a part of it. Travel with Garden leaders Elaine McGinn, Director of Planning and Exhibits, and lepidopterist Dr. Kim Pegram. Hike and ride horseback along streams and through fir-covered mountains as you immerse yourself in the fluttering monarchs filling the air and covering trees with their bright orange wings. While in Mexico, enjoy the acclaimed National Museum of Anthropology and beauties of Chapultepec Park, among other historical sites and rich, regional meals.

Trip includes:
• Accommodations
• Educational programming
• Expert naturalist guide
• Entrance fees to attractions and historic sites
• Land transportation
• Meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• Carbon offsetting

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)