Welcome
The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
LEARN Gifts
Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. Give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

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

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

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

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

 
DESERT LANDSCAPE SCHOOL
Are you looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening? The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices.

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

For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.
Session Summer 2019: Tue, Jun 18, 2019 - Tue, Aug 27, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays  | Sept. 5 - Nov. 14 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After thoughtfully planning and selecting which plant fit your landscape design, it is crucial to know how to get them in the ground and keep them thriving. In this program, students get expert training in best practices for planting and pruning, and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert, including how to diagnose and treat plant disorders.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Sep 5, 2019 - Thu, Nov 14, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | Sept. 7 - Nov. 16 | 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 2019: Sat, Sep 7, 2019 - Sat, Nov 16, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

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

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

 
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.

Gardens for the Desert Climate
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 5 | 3 - 5 p.m.

From its summer heat extremes to its surprise winter cold snaps, Arizona’s climate can make gardening a challenge. Fortunately, there are some plants and gardening practices that can beat the odds. Learn about some of these from expert gardener Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 5, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 2 - 4 p.m.

All you need are a couple containers or a few square feet of earth to bring nutritious fresh vegetables into the kitchen. Find out what you can grow at different times of the year in your small space garden, including the best varieties that are adapted to our low desert climate. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | June 9 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Are you limited in gardening space? Learn to make the most of available space and light by growing upwards on a small balcony or patio. Discuss the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables are most appropriate for this method. We will also cover different construction and support materials, designs and soil mixes to create a vertical garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Laundry to Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Don’t let greywater go to waste with each spin cycle and shower. Learn to install a few plumbing additions that divert dirty water known as greywater from your washing machine and shower to help support your landscape watering needs. Instructed by Ryan Wood, Watershed Management Group. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 12, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register by June 3 and receive a 10 percent discount/

Offer expires on June 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

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

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Mondays | June 17 and 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Mondays | July 8 and 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays l Consecutive sessions: June 17 AND 24 l 6 - 8 p.m.

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

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

This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays l Consecutive sessions July 8 AND 15 l 6 - 8 p.m.

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

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.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Night-blooming Cacti
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Boost the intrigue of your backyard with the odd forms and ephemeral flowers of night-blooming cacti. These diverse plants range from small globular shapes to massive trees and grow well in the ground or containers. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Summer Hanging Basket
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday | June 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Add a floral touch to your patio, balcony or room of choice with a customized hanging basket. Learn to pair potted flower colors that celebrate the summer as they grow. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 30, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Plant Propagation
Regular Price: $45.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | July 20 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join the Garden's Rosa Crespo and Angelica Elliott to learn techniques for propagating plants, including how to collect and sow seeds, divide specialized structures and take cuttings. Use these skills to propagate various plant materials to take home. Discover how to succeed with both sexual and asexual propagation of various plants to enhance your garden, save money and overcome many plant-growing challenges. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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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 John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Bold Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 8 - 10 a.m.

Boldly go where few green thumbs have gone before. Learn to select and arrange plants that loom large and bring loud colors to the landscape. Instructed by Noelle Johnson, the “AZ Plant Lady.” Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 8:00AM - 10:00AM   (16 AVAIL)

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l July 27 l 9 a.m. - Noon

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The details of irrigation-controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Summer Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Feel your stresses wilt away and creativity blossom through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Then, after Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, summer-inspired ikebana arrangements. Participants will need to bring their own small- to medium-sized vases. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

The Making of a Gardener
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Gardens begin with digging and planting, but the real work of gardening happens between planting and harvest. Learn tips, tricks and special life skills honed by the lifelong gardener as you blossom into one yourself. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Aug 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Balcony Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

No yard? No problem. Bedeck your balcony with a bounty of plants suited to partial sun conditions. Embrace the natural shade provided by your building, and create a private patch of greenery for your modern living space. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

A Year in a Vegetable Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Make the most of long summers and the three other short, mild seasons of the low desert. Month by month, we will explore how to best take advantage of the extremes to grow and harvest year-round and maximize your harvests when produce suddenly ripens. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Aug 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Grapes flourish in the low desert, providing juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover which varieties grow best here and get tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your fruit. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 18, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Alternative Garden Beds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Aug. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Ever heard of hugelkultur, straw bale gardening or no-till gardening? These are just a few of the many alternative methods of making gardening fun and different. Venture into the world of organic vegetable gardening with Carol Stuttard as you discover these inexpensive and unique ways to make garden beds and wonderful rich soil.
Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Garden Design and Decoration
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Aug. 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Our yards and gardens possess natural beauty, but sometimes it takes a bit of extra décor and furniture to make a fun, inviting outdoor space. Maximize the feel and aesthetic of your garden by learning how to select and incorporate decorative additions. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Home Orcharding
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 25 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Fruit trees take time to mature and produce fruit-so start now on your own orchard to reach that dream of a homegrown harvest. Learn to plan a backyard orchard, how to select fruit trees that thrive in the desert, and how to take advantage of the best maintenance practices. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 25, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Secluded Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Aug. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Embrace the meditative qualities of gardens by designing a space that tunes out the world’s hustle and bustle. Learn how to creatively make use of your outdoor space, enhance your plant palette with the use of green walls and learn about various techniques to maximize crop space. Instructed by Alex Buckley, landscape architect. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Succulent Fairy Gardens
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Curate a garden fit for a fairy by harnessing the awe-inspiring effects of succulents. Mix and match odd species as you learn a few tips to keep the plants looking magically styled and thriving. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Creative Containers
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Whether you transform a pot or playfully repurpose a household receptacle, there is no limit to your container garden's design and decorative potential. Join "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson as she shares tips on how to create a plant environment perfectly fit to your whimsy. Students should bring a 12- to 15-inch container, figurines and special mementos. Plants, soil and other materials provided. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (13 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.

 
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.

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | May 23 | 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 Spring 2019: Thu, May 23, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

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

Build on your editing skills to create 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 Spring 2019: Thu, May 30, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Travel Photography
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | June 6 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to document your next travel adventure like a pro. Discover which equipment will get the job done without taking up valuable space in your luggage. With Robert McBride’s world-wise guidance, you will head into your next trip with new skills and a more artful eye. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jun 6, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed and Instagram apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Storytelling through Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | June 15 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Elevate your photography from everyday snapshots to dynamic and engaging visual stories. Scott English Milam breaks down examples of the main photographic elements that make up visual storytelling, and shares tips and tricks for shooting on the fly. All photography levels are welcome. Students should have a working knowledge of basic camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is includedClick here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l June 29 l 9 a.m. - Noon

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 Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 29, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l July 13 l 9 a.m. - Noon

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.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 13, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | July 24 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday l July 29 l 7 - 9 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. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 29, 2019 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography
Regular Price: $338.00
Member Price: $270.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by June 3 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires June 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

An Introduction
Thursday | July 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join Joanne West on an in-class journey exploring the opportunities of photographing the red rocks and pristine waters of Oak Creek, which flows through the heart of Sedona. Learn general photographic techniques, and how to use natural light to capture the moonrise and sunset in this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners.

In the Field
Monday | July 15 | 1 - 9:30 p.m.
Follow Joanne West and John Marino into the field to hike and photograph Oak Creek Canyon at Crescent Moon Ranch. Explore creative techniques to capture the lush environment from general photographic skills and equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. As a bonus, a full moon will be rising over Cathedral Rock at dusk. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Click here for required equipment.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: An Intro
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | July 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Joanne West and John Marino on an in-class journey exploring the opportunities of photographing the red rocks and pristine waters of Oak Creek, which flows through the heart of Sedona. Learn general photographic techniques, and how to use natural light to capture the moonrise and sunset in this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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Monday | July 15 | 1 - 9:30 p.m.

Follow Joanne West and John Marino into the field to hike and photograph Oak Creek Canyon at Crescent Moon Ranch. Explore creative techniques to capture the lush environment from general photographic skills and equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. As a bonus, a full moon will be rising over Cathedral Rock at dusk. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 15, 2019 1:00PM - 9:30PM   WAIT LIST

Capturing Sunsets and Lightning
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

During the summer monsoon season sunsets glow with vibrant colors that photographers dream about and the Garden offers a great vantage point to capture them. Learn the best settings and techniques for photographing sunsets with instructor Joanne West and then use the Garden for a hands-on sunset shoot session. Weather permitting we may be fortunate to capture lightning as well. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Beyond Postcard Snapshots
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 8 - 10:30 a.m.

Take your nature photography to new artistic levels with techniques and coaching from professional art photographer Joanne West. Learn how to use reflections, shadows, leading lines, color combinations and other tips to help your vision stand out. Class includes some practice in the Garden. All camera users welcome. Experience with your basic camera settings is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 8:00AM - 10:30AM   (8 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.

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

Cooking with Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Teresa Hansen demonstrates how to prepare quick, fresh summer vegetables including corn, cucumber, eggplant, summer squash and tomatoes. Taste the sensational flavors of summertime vegetables served as a side dish or complete meal as we explore various world flavors. Recipes include creamy corn soufflé with arugula, Thai spicy eggplant with sweet basil, cucumber caviar and more. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Awesome Tacos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | June 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take your next Taco Tuesday to new heights by trying some amazing taco fillings you may have never considered. Chef Terri Milligan shares her recipes for barbecue jackfruit tacos, vegetarian walnut tacos with nectarine and cherry salsa and Vietnamese banh mi street tacos. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Summertime Salsas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 22 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Spicy or mild, sweet or salty, fresh salsas can perk up any dish. Learn to make a variety of fresh salsas using fine knife work, a blender or a traditional molcajete. Participants will taste a variety of salsas. Instructed by Chef Maria Parra Cano. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 22, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Sugar Detox
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how to break free of a reliance on sugar and other empty calories and nourish your body with wholesome, guilt-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nutrient-rich recipes. We will cover recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 29, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Fig Obsession
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 20 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Figs thrive in Arizona, but few cooks take time to unlock their exquisite potential. They can be served raw atop a salad or glazed in sweet sauces for dessert. See Chef Maria Parra Cano transform these delicious, fibrous delicacies. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

French Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | July 21 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Classic French cooking is the traditional standard of culinary mastery. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates the basics for cooks looking to enter the world of haute cuisine. Learn a classic coq au vin, roasted asparagus with homemade hollandaise sauce and a simple French dessert of clafouti with fresh fruit with lavender-infused crème. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Cooking with Honey
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover how honey can be used for more than just a touch of added sweetness in your culinary creations. Join Chef Terri Milligan to learn how to make Moroccan chicken with mead (honey wine), apricots and almonds; citrus salad with orange-blossom honey vinaigrette; and bittersweet chocolate dipped honey lavender madelines. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Tue, Jul 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Cooking without Heat
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 1 - 3 p.m.

There’s no need to turn on the oven this summer. Learn to make Chef Terri Milligan’s favorite no-heat recipes, including raw zucchini and goat cheese lasagna; rainbow spiralized vegetable pad Thai; and coriander, carrot and fresh spinach nori rolls. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Natural Beauty
Regular Price: $128.00
Member Price: $102.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Hydrating Face Mists and Cool and Natural Face Masks by June 3 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Members: $102 | General Public: $128
Offer expires June 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Hydrating Face Mists
Saturday | Aug. 3 | 10 a.m. - Noon
You can get many of the same benefits of a face mask with a simple spritz from a face mist. Quick, refreshing and hydrating, mists perk up the skin any time of day. Learn to combine common ingredients to make your own at home. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Cool and Natural Face Masks
Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Reverse the heat and damage caused by the harsh Arizona sun with a few exfoliating face mask recipes. Learn to select and incorporate natural ingredients for a gentle cleanse. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Hydrating Face Mists
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 3 | 10 a.m. - Noon

You can get many of the same benefits of a face mask with a simple spritz from a face mist. Quick, refreshing and hydrating, mists perk up the skin any time of day. Learn to combine common ingredients to make your own at home. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Cool and Natural Face Masks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Reverse the heat and damage caused by the harsh Arizona sun with a few exfoliating face mask recipes. Learn to select and incorporate natural ingredients for a gentle cleanse. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 17 | 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert’s bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leathers. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 17, 2019 7:30AM - 10:30AM   WAIT LIST

No Bake Healthy Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 18 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Be amazed by the world of quick-and-healthy no-bake desserts. Learn how to make healthier desserts without sacrificing flavor by using natural sweeteners, fresh fruit and healthier fats. Recipes include key lime pie mousse, chocolate cherry truffles and more. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Spectacular Summer Brunch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 24 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take some time this summer to perfect a few classic brunch recipes. Watch and sample as Chef Maggie Norris prepares eggs Benedict, chorizo grits casserole, coffee cake muffins and broccoli salad. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Simple Summer Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Aug. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

With long days and warm nights, life slows down in the summer. Learn a few simple recipes that pair perfectly with the pace of the summer days, like salmon with cucumber-yogurt sauce and carrot salad, curried cashew and grape salad, open-face steak sandwiches with sun-dried tomato pesto and a BLT chopped salad. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Tue, Aug 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Vegan Wanderlust
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to cut out animal products without sacrificing flavor by learning vegan recipes from around the world. You’ll learn to make gluten-free vegetable pakoras, Korean japchae glass noodle salad, Turkish zucchini fritters with preserved lemon-flavored yogurt and farro risotto with shitakes and sweet corn. Instructed by Terri Milligan. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff 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.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted.


Terracotta Aromatherapy Necklace
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday | June 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Essential oil necklaces are a fun way to “wear” essential oils, allowing you to enjoy the benefits and aromas of your favorite oils throughout the day. Create a clay pendant, learn about three essential oils and take home an essential oil sample of your choice to wear on your pendant. All materials included. Instructed by Felicia Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Whimsical Wind Chimes
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | June 16 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Blend the breeze into the sensory charms of your garden or patio with a custom wind chime. Use mesquite or cholla wood to hang colorful glass beads that will make a sweet sound whenever the wind blows. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 16, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Beneficial Bug House
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday | July 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Bugs get a bad rap, when in fact many do service to our gardens. Entice nature’s mini composting machines, or even a colony of bees, with a custom bug house. Learn to select and install cuttings and other natural materials into a quaint space for beneficial critters. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 7, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Reflections in Water
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take part in fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create an original oil painting with Cheryl Fecht. Get expert tips for painting water, with special attention to capturing natural reflections. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Color My World
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Make art for an antique scrapbook or vintage book. The finished product may be used for personal journaling, to create and store your art work, or as stand-alone pieces mounted to wood or canvas. Learn techniques for painting faces, forming unique figures, coloring and texturing backgrounds, collaging, using thematic text and stenciling. Instructor will have antique scrap books for sale at $10 each, and vintage books for sale at $3 each, with no two are alike. If you choose to bring your own book, please make sure the size is 8 ½ x 11-inches or larger. Class time includes an hour for lunch. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Tree Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 1 - 4 p.m.

From its bright green palo verdes to its majestic ironwood tree, Arizona boasts a great variety of trees for the avid doodler. Learn a few doodling techniques that allow you to relax and let the lines flow as you produce fun and colorful trees. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Fairy Drawing
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Class has four sequential sessions:
Wednesdays | July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 | Noon - 4 p.m.


This whimsical class in watercolor and watercolor pencils teaches you to draw the floral fairies of Cicely Mary Barker and apply them to the flowers of the Southwest desert. Additional required materials available with online listing. Instructed by Katherine Callingham. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Clay Garden Mandala
Regular Price: $129.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Saturday | August 3 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to transform an ordinary clay saucer into a beautiful piece of garden art through the simple application of colorful paint dots. Create your own original design on a clay saucer after learning and practicing some basic patterns. You will have your own set of paint dot tools to use and then take with you to continue your newly learned art form. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Celebrating Beatrix Potter
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Class has three sequential sessions:
Sundays | August 4, 11, 18 | 1 - 4 p.m.


Learn drawing and painting techniques inspired by Beatrix Potter, a naturalist, illustrator and writer. This creative class will guide students of all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Participants should bring inspirational plant and animal photos. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 4, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Hummingbird Mosaic Garden Stake
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 7 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Set your love for hummingbirds in stone with this fun and easy mosaic project. Select and adhere colorful glass fragments in a hummingbird shape, then mount the piece on a stake, ready for placement in your landscape. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 7, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Wildflowers in Acrylics
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Follow fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create a work of art in acrylic paints with Cheryl Fecht. Learn to depict the glorious spring blooms in the east valley, with the famous Superstition Mountains in the background. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sequential sesions:
Wednesday | Aug. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m. AND
Saturday | Aug. 24 | 2 - 4 p.m.


Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 9 a.m. - Noon

The spiky thorns and angular ridges of cacti often create unique interplays of light and shadow against the plants’ smooth green surfaces, all of which make them perfect subjects for watercolors. Learn how to capture these desert icons in the fun and accessible watercolor medium. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 9:00AM - 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.

 
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: Sonoran Search
Price: $10.00
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Aug. 10 OR Aug. 17 | 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Scouts: $10 | Leaders and family members: $10


Girl Scouts and their families will explore the self-paced trails and stations to experience the night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and whisper in the desert after dark. Girl Scouts who complete nighttime desert activities promoting play, learning and adventure will receive the Sonoran Search patch

 
Desert Landscape School Events

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

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

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

 
Science
If you are intrigued by your environment and the living things that comprise it, explore the Garden's interactive science programs. The Garden offers classes designed to illuminate topics from Arizona geology and history to celestial objects in the desert sky. Discover the remarkable characteristics and behavior of desert animals or enjoy the history of desert people. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Astronomy at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | May 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening experiencing the night sky at the Garden, of the best locations in the city for stargazing. We will walk to an ideal location in the Garden to explore and learn about the Sonoran sky. Weather permitting, we will spend part of the evening observing Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Instructed by Mario Gonzalez. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 29, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Arizona Stories
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday and Wednesday | June 3 and 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Note: Class consists of two sequential sessions.


Eduardo Pagán, the Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History at Arizona State University, shares recent studies on little-known, but significant, moments in Arizona history. Hear about Linda Gordon’s “The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction,” which tells the story of the clash between religions, cultures and races in Clifton, when Irish-Catholic orphans from New York City were placed with Mexican-Catholic families. Another is described in Karl Jacoby’s “Shadows at Dawn,” which looks at the tensions behind the massacre of Apache Indians at Camp Grant, near Tucson, by a militia of Mexican settlers, American settlers and their Tohono O’Odham allies. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 3, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

If Rocks Could Talk
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | June 10 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Study the geology of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve and broader Phoenix area. Learn how the local rock outcrops reveal an amazing story about the world in which they were formed, their subsequent history, and about the impact of regional geology on the formation of the Sonoran Desert. Instructed by geologist Mike Nolan. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 10, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Arizona's Owls
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Two sequential sessions:
Thursday | June 13 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | June 22 | 6 - 8 a.m. (field trip)


Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. Then take a field trip to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer: Thu, Jun 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Poisons and Provisions
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | July 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

For centuries, many plant species found in the Sonoran Desert have been used for food, as components in religious ceremonies and as poisons for benign and diabolic purposes. Covering plants from the highly nutritious mesquite bean to the hallucinogenic and often fatal sacred datura, this class will explore a collection of the local plants used for such purposes by both native and modern cultures. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Arizona Outlaws
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | July 21 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Tombstone had the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but 18-year-old Billy the Kid also killed his first man out by Willcox, and Sheriff Commodore Oliver Perry Owens killed three men while attempting a singlehanded arrest near the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Holbrook, Arizona. The territory was also home to future Senator Carl Hayden (the first Arizona lawman to pursue train robbers in an automobile), some crooked politicians and Pearl Hart, Arizona’s feminist stage robber. Historian Jim Turner’s thoroughly researched stories prove that when it came to Arizona’s outlaws truth was definitely stranger than fiction. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 21, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Packrats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | July 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Also known as woodrats, packrats are renowned for their hoarder-style method of home improvement. In truth, this is just one of the many adaptations these mammals use to survive in the Sonoran Desert. Dig deeper with Jeff Meyers of Arizona Game and Fish. Limit 30
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jul 25, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Dragonflies and Damselflies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 8 - 10 a.m.

Learn about the brutal and brief lives of dragonflies, megafauna of the insect world whose exceptional flight and jewel-like colors have captivated humans for centuries. Join Pierre Deviche from ASU’s School of Life Sciences as he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the order Odonata. Learn about dragonfly anatomy, life cycle, behavior, diversity of Arizona species, and how, where and when to find them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Gems and Minerals of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Rock out as you learn about Arizona’s tremendous wealth of gems and minerals, such as turquoise, peridot and malachite. Discuss the geological history that led to the formation of these gems and minerals and where they are located. Instructed by Ray Grant. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Bird Migration
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Aug. 12 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

This interactive class explores the basics and some unusual aspects of bird migration. Why do birds migrate? How do they find their way? What kind of preparation do birds need before migrating? What are the hazards? Gain some birding vocabulary as you learn about some amazing feats of bird migration and how to spot migratory birds in Arizona. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 12, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Aug. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only beautiful and unique, but also have many practical applications. This class takes you on a journey through native Sonoran Desert plants and their medicinal uses. Ken Sweat from ASU’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences reviews some of the most commonly seen plants and discusses their ethnobotanical uses, current applications, which parts are used and more. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Bats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona, where bat populations appear stable and even at times increasing. Join Jeff Meyers, from Arizona Game and Fish Department, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Then we will head out to the Garden to see these flying creatures at dusk. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 21, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

Birds of the Salt River
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Two sequential sessions:
Thursday | Aug. 22 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | Aug. 24 | 6 - 8 a.m. (field trip)


In the summer, the natural riparian habitat of the Salt River is alive with local desert birds and several colorful neo-tropic migrants including orioles, flycatchers and warblers, many of which are still actively nesting in August. Learn what species populate this lovely area and see how many you can spot during the field trip. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Aug 22, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

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

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

 
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.

Fantastic Beasts of Arizona
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 3 - 7 OR July 8 - 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

(Note correction: Our LEARN catalog incorrectly listed the June 3 - 7 camp at 3 - 6 p.m.)


Discover truly wondrous creatures native to the state of Arizona. Uncover the unique natural history and adaptations of a variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and more through experiments, activities, and wild special guests.

Sky Science
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 10 - 14 OR July 15 - 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What can a pinecone tell you about an incoming storm? How can you make a rainbow on demand? Explore the science and learn the folklore of stars, climatology, and weather of our skies through experiments, arts, and opportunities to create.

Plant Power
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 17 - 21 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why would a flower smell like rotting meat? Mimic a little round stone? Catch and swallow prey? Through classic and cutting edge experiments, discover these answers buried in the secret lives of plants, and meet some of the weirdest specimens from around the world.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 - Fri, Jun 21, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Sensory Science
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 24 - 28 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fully immerse your senses in nature at the Garden through investigation and play. Measure and mix ingredients to make the slimiest of slimes, enticing aromatic potions, and build unique, musical instruments.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - Fri, Jun 28, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

Select the first day of Extended Camp you wish to purchase. You will have the option to add additional days of Extended Camp on the next page.

 
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: $1,249.00
Member Price: $999.00
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Members: $999 | General Public: $1,249
Sunday - Monday | September 29-30


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 2019: Sun, Sep 29, 2019 - Mon, Sep 30, 2019 9:00AM - 5:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Explore Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $1,310.00
Member Price: $1,060.00
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Saturday - Monday | September 14 - 16
Members: $1,060 | General Public: $1,310

Join scientists from across the globe in the "Galapagos of North America," a fascinating wonderland of soaring peaks and riparian forests. One of the top birding places in the U.S. and home to the brilliantly colored Elegant Trogon, the Chiricahua Mountains will mesmerize you with hidden secrets designed for the Garden. Experience life as a naturalist as you stay and learn at the American Museum of Natural History, Southwestern Research Station. Participants must be able to walk at least two miles with moderate grade changes and uneven terrain. Limit 12.

Trip includes:
• Round-trip transportation from the Garden
• Certified naturalist guide
• Lodging for two nights
• All meals during two-day stay
• Entrance fees

Not included:
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 14, 2019 - Mon, Sep 16, 2019 7:00AM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Mexico: Monarch Migration, Gardens and Heritage
Price: $2,999.00
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Cost $2,999
Price for double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $325. Rates do not include airfare.

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


Feb. 18 - 23, 2020

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

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

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.

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

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Introduce your little ones to the wonders of nature through exploration, movement and song. Garden instructors will guide you and your child in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Classes this spring will focus on garden birds and plants. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

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

Seedlings Package - Tuesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount!

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Tuesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 10 - Oct. 15
Winter Dates: Jan. 7 - Feb. 11
Spring Dates: March 17 - April 21
Valid: Tue, Sep 10, 2019 - Tue, Apr 21, 2020   (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 Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Wednesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 11 - Oct. 16
Winter Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 12
Spring Dates: March 18 - April 22
Valid: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 - Wed, Apr 22, 2020   (12 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Thursdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Thursday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 12 - Oct. 17
Winter Dates: Jan. 9 - Feb. 13
Spring Dates: March 19 - April 23
Valid: Thu, Sep 12, 2019 - Fri, Apr 24, 2020   (12 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Fridays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Friday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 13 - Oct. 18
Winter Dates: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Spring Dates: March 20 - April 24
Valid: Fri, Sep 13, 2019 - Fri, Apr 24, 2020   (12 AVAIL)


 
Spring Break Camp
Children become scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children's art and literature, free choice learning and more.



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

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

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

Aquatic Adventures: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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March 11 - 15 | 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space limited.

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

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

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

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

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

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