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

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

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

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

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

 
Publications - Desert Landscape School

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

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

This is for local pickup only. The book must be picked up during your program the Desert Botanical Garden.
Valid: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 - Fri, Nov 30, 2018   OPEN

 
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 | Sept. 4 - Nov. 13 | 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 Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 - Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays | Sept. 6 - Nov. 15 | 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 Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 6, 2018 - Thu, Nov 15, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | Sept. 8 - Nov. 17 | 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 Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 8, 2018 - Sat, Nov 17, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

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

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 2018: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 - Tue, Aug 28, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

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

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

 
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.

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Sept. 22 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Lower your water bill--and help the planet--one drip at a time by designing an efficient drip irrigation system that you can modify as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. We also discuss how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Sept. 23, 2018 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Sunday l Jan. 27, 2019 l 2 - 4 p.m.


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

Small Cactus for Small Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Sept. 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Bedecked with little flower crowns and covered with fuzzy hairs, small cactus can be hard not to pet. Fortunately, there are other ways to express our affection for cactus that thrive at small sizes. In this class, learn how to select these unique species and understand their soil, potting, watering and sunlight requirements. Instructed by Kenny Zelov, assistant director for landscape design and care at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Landscape for Maintenance
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Sept. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The amount of maintenance that your landscape requires comes down to its design and the types of plants used. Join "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson as she demonstrates tips and techniques for creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape that requires minimal upkeep, and learn quick fixes and how to avoid a few common mistakes. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Sep 26, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Landscape for Privacy
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Sept. 27 | 6 - 8 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 Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 27, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Square-Foot Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Sept. 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard guides you through this space-saving method of gardening that is perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. Discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to space your plants or seeds properly. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Sep 30, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Lettuce Bowls
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Oct. 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Freshen up your next salad with crisp and wholesome homegrown lettuce. You will fill a 16-inch planter with a variety of heat-tolerant lettuce greens. The take-home planter will allow you to grow and harvest lettuce for up to three months. All materials included. Instructed by Gregory Ware. Limit 16.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | October 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline, so it is vital to keep it flowing. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers--and how to maximize efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Oct. 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bees provide necessary pollination for many foods and flowers we love to grow and offer sweet stores of honey,but taking a plunge into home beekeeping can be a daunting endeavor. Join beekeeper Dan Punch to discover what the buzz around beekeeping is all about, and learn how to construct hives, harvest honey and where to buy honeybees. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Cultivating Desert Roses: Adenium
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Oct. 13 | 2 - 4 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. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Best Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Not all herbs are equal under the harsh Arizona sun. Join Liz Lonetti to learn the 15 best herbs to grow here in the low desert. These include must-have flavors for your kitchen garden, like rosemary, oregano, basil, sage and thyme. Learn how to get the freshest flavors while saving money by growing your own essential herbs and avoiding the top 10 mistakes people make in an herb garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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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 Luana Vargas, ISA Board Certified Master Aborist. Limit 30.

Fall Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Seize the optimal conditions provided by autumn. Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic fall vegetable garden. The class covers planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to plant. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

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

Your dream of garden-to-table dinners may be easier to achieve than you think. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time to plant them. Explore soil preparation, raised beds, container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the 10 basic steps and planting times, according to local calendars, to help you add fresh vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | Oct. 15, 22 | 6 - 8 p.m. OR
Wednesdays | Oct. 17, 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Note: Program contains two sequential sessions. Choose just one sequence; either Mondays OR Wednesdays.


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

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

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

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | Nov. 5, 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Wednesdays | Nov. 7, 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Note: Program contains two sequential sessions. Choose just one sequence; either Mondays OR Wednesdays.


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

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

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

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 10 a.m. - Noon

In this interactive program, learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3D model. SketchUp®: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp®: Next Steps. Limit 15.

Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 24 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 31 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 31, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Heirloom Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Oct. 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Heirloom plants provide flavorful produce year after year, making them the anchors of a reliable garden. Identify the characteristics of varieties best suited for low desert gardens. Discover how having established heirlooms and trusty seeds guarantees a harvest as you experiment with more exotic choices as well. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Fall Containers
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Carol Stuttard in this hands-on workshop. Comeand learn how to use the key elements of design in container gardening. You supply the container, we supply the education, plants and soil, plus design tips and tricks to create a lovely container display. Participants need to bring their own 8 to 12 inch container. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Herbal Infusions
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | Oct. 28 | 2 - 4 p.m.

From tinctures to tonics, transform your homegrown herbs into beauty aids, nutrition boosters or gourmet teas. Handcraft your own herbal infusions from both dried and fresh plants as you learn how to source ingredients, create herbal formulas, and explore holistic health. Make your own samples to bring home and leave with your creations and the knowledge to make more for your friends and family. These make great gifts for any occasion. All materials included. Instructed by Kira Merrick. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Chile Ristras
Regular Price: $93.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Oct. 29 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the artistic potential of the chiles that inform the Southwest diet and its cultural aesthetic. String peppers to create your own hanging ristra strand, and discover how to take advantage of the desert climate to dry your hanging peppers for beautiful, long-lasting decorations. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 29, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Growing Cactus from Seed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Growing cactus plants from seed is rewarding, requires patience and an observant eye. Join Doug Dawson as he shares his many years of seed growing to learn the details to create successful germination. Learn a technique he has developed for amateurs without greenhouses, or those with limited time and space, using the red cup method. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Natural Desert Design
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes in the world. Learn how to create a nature-inspired landscape in your own yard by imitating elements of the natural desert. Landscape designer Erin Hutton explores plants and simple landforms that mimic real conditions to create a beautiful desert garden that requires little water and maintenance. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Harvesting and Preserving Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Although we often harvest herbs fresh for immediate use, having a preserved backup stash is handy too. Learn to turn your herbs into value-added products like salts, sugars, vinegars, bouquets garnis, teas or other herbal mixes. Use traditional recipes, then modify them for your own taste. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 6 | 3 - 5 p.m.

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

Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 6 | 6 - 8 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 and structural elements. Bring your wish list to get additional ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Macrame Plant Hanger
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Monday and Wednesday | Nov 12, 14 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to tie basic knots to create a macrame plant hanger that will bring a light, airy texture to your living space. In this class, you will weave a modern macrame plant hanger using rope strung with different assortments of beads. This woven plant hanger measures 68 inches long. Use the plant hanger to hold your favorite pot of succulents or houseplants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Container Gardening: Succulents
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 14 | Noon - 2 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 Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   WAIT LIST

Pinot and Petals
Regular Price: $143.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Friday | Nov. 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Let the inspiration flow as you join Lynn Reves for an uncorked evening of sipping wine, tasting cheese and arranging flowers.Learn the ins and outs to create an original floral arrangement while enjoying the relaxing outdoor Garden setting at sunset. Must be at least 21 to attend. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Bromeliads: Dyckia and Hechtia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Nov. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Often confused with agave, dyckia and hechtia are terrestrial bromeliads related to the pineapple. Learn how to incorporate these lovely plants into your garden and how to maintain them. Growing them in your landscape is easy, in the ground or in pots. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Tree
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | Dec. 1 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Handcraft your own holiday decoration or handmade gift by creating a living succulent tree. Lynn Reves demonstrates how to adhere succulent cuttings to a tree frame to create a festive tabletop decoration for the holiday season. All materials included. Participants are encouraged to bring small items to decorate for a personalized touch. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations other have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Dec 1, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

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

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

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

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Tuesday l Sept. 22, 25
Saturday l 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. l Tuesday l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital or mirrorless camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM   WAIT LIST

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | Sept. 20 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Unlock the editing and organizing power of the more advanced Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take images to the next level. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 20, 2018 5:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | Sept. 27 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Build on your editing skills to start producing sophisticated, professional-quality prints and digital images that you will be proud to share. Focus on how to use the more advanced Editor workspace to fine-tune your images, fix exposure problems and add creative touches to finish your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 27, 2018 5:30PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Continue building your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

Artistic Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l Sept. 24 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Lisa Langell helps intermediate photographers gain new skills with lenses, light, settings and more to capture images that are more artistic, creative, emotionally evocative and inspiring. Discover how to photograph wildlife beautifully without a telephoto lens, key composition techniques for an added "wow factor," new ways of using natural light and how to see and seize the moment in an imaginative image. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l Oct. 13 l Noon - 3 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018 - Session B: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 1 - 5 p.m.

Your camera's many buttons and dials might recall an airplane cockpit, but with a little guidance, your confidence using them will soar. Learn about different features, functions and proper setup to create perfectly exposed photographs, with balanced shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. Learn how to use your newly acquired photography skills by practicing in the Garden. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday l Oct. 15 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and, unfortunately, new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will erase the graininess from iPhone or iPad photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

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

Mastering the Tools: Mastering Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l Oct. 15 l 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l Oct. 22 l 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Let there be light, the essential ingredient in all photography. Light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographers. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l Nov. 5 l 1 - 4 p.m.

Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

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

Photography Foundations
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 3 - 7 p.m.

Tracy Battaglia guides you through simple exercises to begin mastering a perfect exposure while shooting manually. Forget auto-settings and learn her three pillars technique. Tracy will show you how to understnad aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Understanding these elements, their functions and how they work together is important to achieve your photography goals. All DSLR photographers welcome. Students should have a working knowledge of their camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 3:00PM - 7:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Motion Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday l Oct. 17 l 6 - 9 p.m.

Discover how to capture motion in your photos using the Garden's new exhibition Electric Desert as your muse. Joanne West discusses basic shooting techniques for freezing action, creating blur and how to deal with moving subjects creatively. You will examine the importance of focus, shutter speeds and how proper equipment is essential for taking great action shots. This class is open to all digital or mirrorless camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Tripod recommended. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Painting Electric Desert
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday l Oct. 18 l 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographs through light painting using the Garden's Electric Desert as inspiration. Join Ashley Lowery to learn ways the exhibition's wild lightshow can become photographic brushstrokes through long exposures. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will "paint" the desert scene and plants with light. For DSLR cameras with a tripod only. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Photography
Regular Price: $2,124.00
Member Price: $1,699.00
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Friday - Sunday l Oct. 26 - 28

Be inspired with amazing views from the Little Colorado River Gorge and get professional photography advice to capture the stunning beauty of Horseshoe Bend. Celebrated for her photography skill and instruction,Joanne West guides you on this trip, sharing her techniques to render the perfect picture. Enjoy a boat ride through the lower end of Lake Powell and marvel at Rainbow Bridge National Monument-the largest natural arch in the U.S. Brace yourself for awe-inspiring views as you wind through Antelope Canyon's "corkscrew" and slot canyons. Join us on a journey to the photogenic wilds of Arizona and cross off a few bucket-list landmarks, like Rainbow Bridge, along the way. Open to all camera owners, including cell phone cameras. Participants must be able to walk at least two miles at high elevation on uneven terrain.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation from the Garden
  • Expert photographer advice
  • Professional guide services
  • Meals during the program
  • Lodging for two nights at Lake Powell Resort and Marina
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Oct 26, 2018 - Sun, Oct 28, 2018 9:00AM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday | Nov. 1 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy S5-S8 smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed and Instagram apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 1, 2018 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Monday l Nov. 5 l 5:30 - 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.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 5:30PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Tombstone: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 7 l 6 - 8 p.m.

From boom and bust to point and shoot, the old silver mining town of Tombstone has appreciated into a photographic goldmine. Renowned for its appearances in Westerns, Tombstone offers a preserved historical aesthetic found nowhere else in the Southwest. Learn a bit about its storied past and what to look for when you visit. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Tombstone: In the Field
Regular Price: $248.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Friday l Nov. 9 l 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Make like a Wild West gunslinger as you shoot Tombstone up and down with your camera of choice.Explore the historic town with one finger on the shutter release, ready to quick draw at the spur of the moment as reenactors spring to life like ghosts from the past. And partner, make sure you have plenty of film or memory cards so you can get in plenty of shots on both sides of high noon. This is an offsite program,and transportation from the Garden is included. Lunch not included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Nov 9, 2018 6:00AM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Portrait Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l Nov. 12 l 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Since the advent of photography, humans have been a common subject for artistic photography. Capturing an expression or mood and framing it perfectly in a natural setting can be both challenging and rewarding. Although the common problems associated with long exposures have vanished with modern cameras, there are still tricks of the trade utilized to create iconic portraits of your favorite people. This class is open to all digital camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 3:30PM - 6:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Travel Photography
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to document your next travel adventure like a pro. Discover which eqiupment 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. All photography levels and camera types welcome. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art of Mole
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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DATE CHANGE: Tuesday l Sept. 18 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to make mole from scratch with Chef Maria Cano as she toasts chilies, whole spices and other fresh ingredients, then simmers them into flavorful mole poblano. Taste the diversity of moles, including mole dulce, pipian rojo and mole verde. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 18, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Ceviche Three Ways
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday l Sept. 25 l 6 - 8 p.m.

How do you ceviche? Chef Maria Cano demonstrates three ways to "cook" the catch of the day in savory citrus marinades. A Latin American favorite that has steadily swum inland through the States, ceviche is the perfect stepping stone into more adventurous eating. Serve it as tapas or make it the centerpiece of a meal and watch your guests pucker up with pleasure. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Homemade Power Bars
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday l Sept. 29 l 1 - 3 p.m.

Watch and taste as Teresa Hansen packs wholesome ingredients into a flavorful bar designed to propel you through the day. Learn which grains, nuts and fruits to combine for the right balance of nutrition and flavor. Perfect for breakfast on the go or as victory victuals on a mountain summit, these bars beg to be baked in big batches. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Poke Bowls
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday l Sept. 30 l 1 - 3 p.m.

A freshly imported dish from the Hawaiian Islands, poke (pronounced poh-kay) features fat morsels of raw fish-usually marinated ahi tuna-served over a generous portion of rice. Join Chef Terri Milligan to learn tips for making homemade poke bowls that pop. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Sep 30, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

The Art of Meatballs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 9 | 4 - 6 p.m.

There's no pasta party without the belle of the ball-the spicy meat ball. Maggie Norris demonstrates how to load your meatballs with herbal flavors that will explode across the plate. Bear witness to a mouthwatering marriage of meat and marinara. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Mesoamerican and South American Oils
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday l Oct. 6 l 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in this introduction to the essential oils of Mesoamerica and South America, focusing on aromatics that have been used for generations in healing and ceremony. Experience essential oils, woods, resins and more, and create your own personalized calming blend to take home. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Corn Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday l Oct. 13 l 1 - 3 p.m.

Maize, or corn, has been an integral part of the diets of the people of the Southwest since ancient times. Learn about Native culture and cuisine with Chef Maria Cano and the use of blue corn as a staple in Native cuisine. Learn how to make blue corn tamales with calabacitas, a dish consisting of seasonal squash and sweet corn, and New Mexican red chile sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Pho
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

When waves of Vietnamese people came to the United States through the past century, they brought their national noodle dish: pho. Loaded with veggies and herbs, the noodle soup packs a dynamic flavor profile full of nuances to savor. Study one recipe's simple steps and find places were you can improvise and spice up your own bowls at home. Instructed by Maria Cano. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Dairy-free Recipes
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Whether you are lactose intolerant or simply looking to bypass nonessential fats, you can learn to make your favorite meals with excellent dairy substitutes. From dairy-mimicking products like Veganaise to cheese workarounds like nutritional yeast, there is a trove of tricks for keeping dishes rich and creamy withoutthe cow. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Vegetarian Peruvian
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Peruvian dishes are diverse and unexpected. The food is underpinned by Incan origins, which are still evident today, particularly in the use of corn, potatoes and chiles. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz discusses various dishes influenced by centuries of immigration from other cultures that have all played a part in what we now know as Peruvian food. Demonstrations in this class include chicha morada, papa a la Huancaina and ceviche de mango. This is class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain: Rejuvenation
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Rediscover the lost art of rejuvenation through a mix of modern science and time-honored lifestyle choices. Learn to freeze your body's physical decline and boost cognitive health as Phyllis Strupp discusses topics, including telomeres, gut bacteria, neuroplasticity, vagal tone and the power of positive mindsets. You will take away a Personal Rejuvenation Plan to get better with age from the inside out. Class includes a copy of the book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training." Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Cooking with Exotic Fruits
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Oct. 28 | 1 - 3 p.m.

You have seen these strange looking fruits as you stroll down the aisle of your local specialty food store, but you probably have no idea what to do with them. Tempt your palate with the unusual flavors of dragon fruit, lychee, jackfruit and more. Chef Terri Milligan prepares jackfruit Vietnamese summer rolls with hoisin peanut sauce, lychee paneer tikka masala with cilantro and basil, a dragon fruit coconut milk smoothie plus an additional recipe based on seasonal exotic fruits Chef Terri finds at the market! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Gourmet Squash
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The appearance of colorful autumn squash at local farmers markets is a sure sign fall is here. Chef Terri Milligan discusses the many types of autumn squash including, including how to select, prepare and store them. Learn to create roasted winter squash and ginger pear bisque; autumn salad with maple roasted squash; quinoa and kale with a pumpkin seed vinaigrette; and an ancient grain, wild rice and dried fruit stuffed autumn squash. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Tamales exemplify the culture and tradition that shaped modern Mexican cuisine. To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of family gatherings and fall in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare the delicious masa, meats and sauces that bring tamales to life. This class is demonstration only. No vegetarian option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Flat Breads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 13 | 4 - 6 p.m.

From pitas to pizza crusts, flat breads act like a canvases for countless combinations of artful sauces, toppings and fillings. Fortunately, they are less finicky to make than other breads that require time and rise-but smell and taste just as good. Join Chef Maggie Norris for a flat bread master class. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Epicurean Autumn Pasta
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Autumn is the perfect time to cozy up with a savory bowl of pasta. Chef Terri Milligan will prepare fall pasta dishes, including three-cheese truffle mac and cheese; homemade fettuccine with cauliflower, capers and mustard brown butter; and orecchiette with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onion. She will also demonstrate how to make your own homemade pasta and use it in the fettuccine recipe. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Edible Flowers and Floral Flavors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Nov. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Cooking with flowers adds color and a subtle hint of flavor. Learn to select and grow edible flowers. Watch Chef Terri Milligan create a caramelized flower and mint angel food cake, herbes de Provence encrusted salmon with saffron nasturtium chardonnay sauce and an edible petal and fresh green salad with champagne vinaigrette and lavender glazed pecans, plus an additional recipe based on available flowers. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Nov 17, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Spa Kit
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Dec. 8 | 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the different types of botanicals and oils that create luxurious botanical clay masks, a stress-relieving foot soak and sugar scrubs. Learn how to package them for gifts and create tags just in time for the holidays. Take away recipes for different natural and preservative-free masks, scrubs and soaks so you can replicate these spa treats at home. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30AM   WAIT LIST

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

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

 
Art

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


Wire-Wrapped Pendant
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Wednesday l Sept. 12 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
NEW SESSSION ADDED: Wednesday l Sept. 26 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to turn polished stone shapes into mini works of art by wrapping them in wire patterns. Design the correct way to build a base structure from wire to hold the shaped stone in place. Students learn different wrapping techniques with a variety of stone cabochons. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

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Poster Art
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $140.00
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Wednesday and Saturday l Sept. 26, 29
Wednesday l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. l Saturday l 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Explore the art of poster design, starting by looking at the rich history of posters, and discussing what makes a poster eye-catching and memorable. Then create your own posters, drawing on cactus and succulents from the Garden for inspiration. Practice composition, color palettes and hand-lettering techniques in a thumbnail sketch, then trace it onto a frame-worthy illustration board with pen, ink and gouache. All materials included. Participants are encouraged to bring reference images or sketches. Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 12.

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Session Fall 2018: Wed, Sep 26, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Coiled Agate Basket
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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Saturday and Sunday l Sept. 29, 30 l 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Spend two days with Sue Brogdon learning how to weave a coiled basket. This pine needle coiled basket features a Brazilian agate and beads. You will be weaving with longleaf pine needles and wire. Seal the completed basket with a beeswax-paraffin sealant, and then learn to encase agates and other minerals in resin. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Modern Bird Illustration
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $56.00
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Sunday l Oct. 7 l 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Create bold and stunning depictions of Southwestern birds and animals in the style of American modernist and renowned illustrator Charley Harper, acclaimed for his simplified graphics and witty images of nature. Students will explore how to combine shapes, patterns and color to capture the essence of nature. All materials included. Participants are encouraged to bring bird images. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

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Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 7, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Calavera Mask
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday l Oct. 14 l 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Aztecs viewed skulls as positive symbols, not only of death, but also of rebirth. Join Cindy Kovack as she teaches traditional skull-portrait painting techniques on a skull-shaped mask. Students receive specific design instructions as they draw and paint on their own masks, apply acrylic paint, and coordinate colors to make an outstanding design. The finished mask can decorate a wall or be worn during the Dia de las Muertos festivities. All materials included. Limit 10.

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Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Origami Garden
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday l Oct. 16 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover the ancient Japanese art of origami, or intricate paper folding, with a modern twist. Create beautiful garden flowers and plants using colorful, imported Japanese origami papers. These origami flowers and plants make a lovely decoration or a special handmade gift. All materials included. Instructed by Doris Asano. Limit 15.

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Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Impasto: An Introduction
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Tuesday and Thursday l Oct. 16, 18 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Made famous by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, the impressionistic style of impasto painting layers colors on the canvas to portray the feeling of the moment. Learn to let your brush and palette knife marks stand out as you apply paint as a thick paste to create a rich, textured surface. Spend two days with artist Cheryl Fecht as she guides you through a step-by-step process to create your own Impressionist work of art. All materials included. Limit 12.

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Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Flowers in Impasto
Regular Price: $138.00
Member Price: $110.00
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Thursdays l Nov. 1, 8, 15 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create works that capture delicate and brightly colored desert flowers, an ideal subject for impasto artwork. Explore various impasto techniques used to create textures, building on skills learned in Impasto: An Introduction. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.

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Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 1, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Desert Bracelet
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Wednesday l Oct. 24 l 4 - 8 p.m.

Bracelets made with cord can be fashionable as well as functional. Learn to make three different styles of bracelets by tying various types of knots. We will make styles that are adjustable, made with clip closures and a toggle style. Personalize your bracelet with handmade desert-inspired beads. All skill levels welcome and all materials included. Instructed by Julie Blankenship. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 4:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Sun Mosaic
Regular Price: $138.00
Member Price: $110.00
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Thursday l Oct. 25 l 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate the sun with a custom mosaic made of bright porcelain and glass tiles arranged in flaming tendrils. Join us to discover the joy of mosaics through designing an 11x14-inch mosaic panel, featuring the sun as a focal point. Learn nipping and fitting techniques related to both mosaic mediums while immersing yourself into this project. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Oct 25, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Watercolor Brush Lettering
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 7 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create your next poster, sign or lettering project using the flexible flows of watercolors. Learn how to use your brush to create fluid strokes for lettering. This class starts with basic watercolor techniques like color mixing, brush work and materials. Watch your creativity and passion grow as you experiment with this fun, creative outlet and produce a word or phrase bursting with prismatic color. All skill levels welcome and all materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Sculpted Lizard Gourds
Regular Price: $123.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Sunday l Nov. 18 l 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Build on your childhood skills of rolling snakes out of clay, using air-dried clay to sculpt a lizard on a gourd. Apply a finish to your gourd surface, then add a design and paint your lizard. Leave with a unique, finished piece of gourd art to decorate your home or give as a gift. All materials included. Students will receieve a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Nov 18, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Stippling
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Mondays l Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3 l 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Desert animals are wonderful subjects for learning the technique of stippling, also known as pointillism. A form of shading, stippling uses small dots in various patterns and densities to establish texture and light gradients in a drawing. The class will cover drawing basics and a variety of stippling techniques. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 19, 2018 11:00AM - 2:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mosaic Ornaments
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Tuesday l Dec. 4 l 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Transform desert motifs into a set of three mosaic ornamentw with mosaic artist David Jarvinen. Design and create your very own prickly pear, cowboy boot and chile pepper using glass tiles on a ceramic base. These ornaments make unique gifts or add a glittering splash of Southwest charm to your home. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Dec 4, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Cholla Earrings
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday l Dec. 9 l Noon - 3 p.m.

Learn how to create a unique pair of earrings from the lightweight, lacy skeletons of cholla. Students sand and stain the beautifully aged woody parts of the cholla plant and and embellish them with beads. These earrings make a great gift for yourself or someone special. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use pliers. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Dec 9, 2018 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

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

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

 
Desert Landscape School Events

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

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

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

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

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

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

Free with Garden admission


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

Girl Scouts: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Scouts: $10 | Chaperone: $10
Saturday | Oct. 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | May 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon


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

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

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


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


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

 
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.

State Birds of the West
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday l Sept. 24 l 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Focusing on the state birds of the area west of the Mississippi, this class explores the question of what a state bird is and should be, as well as the state nickname and some other quirky state symbols of the wilder west. Find out why the California gull is Utah's state bird, what bird is shared by at least five states and which state also has a state raptor. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Dryland Ecosystems
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Sept. 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Although the word "desert" conjures up vast and barren dunes of sand for many, Arizona residents know that plants thrive in the Valley's dry conditions. In fact, some species of cactus and succulents are so well suited to arid life that they quickly die when given too much water. Find out how dryland ecosystems have evolved to flourish in perfectly parched harmony. Instructed by Dr. Heather Throop from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Phoenix Peregrines
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Oct. 15 | 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. Once commonly referred to as duck hawks, peregrine falcons take a variety of prey including many bird species much larger than themselves. Listed as an endangered species just a few decades ago, peregrines have made an incredible recovery and were removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Learn about these amazing and beautiful birds 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 Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

DNA: Fact, Fiction and Fables
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday l Oct. 16 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Kim Kobojek from Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences as she shares how DNA analyses inform all facets of society today, from helping to solve crimes to finding long-lost ancestors. Participants will also hear tales "from the forensic side" and get a chance to ask questions in a DNA-Q&A. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Introduction to Stars and Galaxies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Take one small step into Arizona's rich astronomical tradition in this class covering the basics of our stars, galaxy and beyond. Is our own sun special? What makes our home galaxy "milky"? Come equipped with life's big questions-and an open mind. Instructed by Tyler Richey-Yowell from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

History of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday l Oct. 22 l 6 - 8 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert holds many wonders of an extreme environment and the life that lives in it. This program will introduce the geology, flora, fauna, and human history of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert. Using information and theories from biology, ecology, geology and archaeology, this class explores the adaptations of desert animals, plants and other life forms; the landscape that set the stage for their evolution; and the human cultures that have called this desert home. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Morning Flights: Birds and Champagne
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday l Oct. 28 l 9 - 11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll around the Garden, observing the birds as they slip into their daytime routines, discussing the species' characteristics and behaviors. Then, settle into a typical (if only!) human morning routine-sipping mimosas and sampling cheeses, paired with additional information about birds and their daytime strategies. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

Arizona Cats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday l Oct. 30 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover the majesty of Arizona's four species of fearsome wildcats. Feared, loathed and worshiped, wildcats have had a varied relationship with humans from the beginnings of time. From jaguars to bobcats, learn about these misunderstood, highly athletic predators, their fossil origins and ancestors, and their current ecology with. Instructed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Jeff Meyers. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Bioluminescence
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 7 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Explore the illuminating science of organisms that can brighten up the deepest seas and darkest skies. With a focus on insect bioluminescence, this class sheds light on the mysterious chemicals that allow fireflies, jellyfish and even some algae to glow. Instructed by Dr. Ron Rutowski from Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Fossils in Your Backyard
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday l Nov. 8 l 6 - 8 p.m.

It may be hard to believe, but the Southwest was once a lush, tropical zone where Tyrannosaurus Rex was king. Could a piece of the giant lizard, or the bones of its favorite prey, be hiding in your backyard's soil? You need some special skills and equipment to find out. Join a curator from the Arizona Museum of Natural History to explore the basics of amateur fossil hunting. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 8, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

The History of Red: Cochineal
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Nov. 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.

When archaeologists uncovered the ancient frescoes in the pre-Columbian buildings at Mitla in Oaxaca, they found well-preserved images bursting with bright red color. The early Zapotecs who made those pictures painted them with carmine dye, which they made from the ground-up bodies of the cochineal insect. Learn about the many historic and current uses of this remarkable insect-cum-coloration with Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Searching for Life in the Solar System
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Are we alone? The search for habitable environments and for life on other worlds is a major driving force for the exploration of the solar system. Join Professor Jim Bell from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration to explore the short list of worlds around us that may once have been (and perhaps still are) habitable: Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa, Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus, and more. During the last decade scientists have also discovered an amazing diversity of life on our own planet, thriving in what were once considered hostile conditions. And during the same time, astronomers have discovered thousands of other planets orbiting other nearby Sun-like stars-some of which may be habitable as well. Find out why this is such an incredible time to search for life in the solar system, and beyond! Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Prominent Leaders of Native America
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday l Nov. 15 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Native peoples have produced some of the most renowned military, political and spiritual leaders known to humanity. Explore the concept of leadership, how it existed generally among a variety of American Indian nations, and the lives of particular individuals who rose to leadership roles with the context of their times. Emphasis will be on noted leaders from Southwestern nations, such as Manuelito, Alchesay, Geronimo and Carlos Montezuma, although we will also explore the lives of other significant native leaders such as Susan La Flesche Picotte and Sacheen Littlefeather. Instructed by Eduardo Pagan Arizona State University Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Raptors
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday and Friday / Nov. 26, 30
Monday / 10 - 11:30 a.m. / Friday / 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (fieldtrip)


This class provides an overview how to identify raptors not only by size and shape, but by behavior, habitat and season. You will learn the different categories of raptors, as well as unique species like osprey and northern harrier, plus turkey and black vultures. The accompanying field trip to the West Valley gives participants experience with identifying some of these species in the wild. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM   (5 AVAIL)

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

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

 
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.

Explore Aravaipa Canyon
Regular Price: $1,124.00
Member Price: $899.00
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Sunday and Monday | Nov. 11 - 12

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

Two-day trip includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation from the Garden
  • Professional guide services
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals during the program
  • Lodging for one night at Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Nov 11, 2018 - Mon, Nov 12, 2018 9:00AM - 5:30PM   WAIT LIST

Deer Valley Petroglyph Tour
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Friday | Nov. 2 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve on a private guided tour, taking an in-depth look at the preserve, the Adobe Dam project and the 1,500 petroglyphs on site. This tour provides a historical perspective on the importance of the site to prehistoric cultures of Arizona between 500 and 7,000 years ago. Be transported back in time to catch a glimpse of an ancient people, and explore the many interpretations of their rock art. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Nov 2, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Urban Farm Tour
Regular Price: $238.00
Member Price: $190.00
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Saturday | Nov. 17 | 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive to create an edible landscape. Visit several established and local urban farmers for a behind-the-scenes look at their interpretation and use of space to design an urban garden in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy a private tour at Maya's Farm near South Mountain Park and then feast on a real, freshly prepared and totally organic farm-to-table meal. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, expert guides and educational programming and farm-to-table meal outdoors. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Nov 17, 2018 7:30AM - 2:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday | Nov. 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR
Friday | Dec. 7 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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

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


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

Three-day trip includes:
  • Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Professional guide services
  • Transportation to all group activities
  • Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages​
Not included:
  • Transporation to and from Willcox
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 11:30AM   (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 either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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

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

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact Lauren Marks, Informal Science Education Coordinator at 480-481-8123.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

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

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

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

Seedlings Package - Tuesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount!

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

This package is for Tuesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 9 - Nov. 13
Winter Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 12
Spring Dates: March 26 - April 30
Valid: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 - Tue, Apr 30, 2019   (12 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Wednesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

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

This package is for Wednesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 10 - Nov. 14
Winter Dates: Jan 9 - Feb 13
Spring Dates: March 27 - May 1
Valid: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 - Wed, May 1, 2019   (10 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Thursdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

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

This package is for Thursday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
Winter Dates: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Spring Dates: March 28 - May 2
Valid: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 - Thu, May 2, 2019   (10 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Fridays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

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

This package is for Friday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
Winter Dates: Jan. 11 - Feb. 15
Spring Dates: March 29 - May 3
Valid: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 - Fri, May 3, 2019   (10 AVAIL)


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

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

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

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

Teacher + one guest: Free with a school ID

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

Thank you for your interest in camp! Garden Camp Adventures for Summer 2018 has concluded. Registrations for 2019 will open in February.

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

How could a palo verde tree benefit from a little pocket mouse? A starling from a woodpecker? A wasp from a tarantula? Become an ecologist and piece together the relationships between plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert through experiments, activities and exploration in the Garden. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED
Refund Policy
To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

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

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

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

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