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

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

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

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Espalier
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / June 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

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

Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jun 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / May 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design. Participants should bring flash drive or USB.

Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

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

Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

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

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

Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

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

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

Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

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

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

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

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

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

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

Landscape Watering Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / July 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 2 - 5 p.m.

Learn the basics of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, functional and attractive. This class will cover the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Pruning demonstration and take-home materials included. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist®. Limit 25.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturday / August 25 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / August 27 / 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Discover how to start a cottage garden with a mix of desert-adapted vegetables and flowers. Learn how to amend the soil, choose the right plants and use easy irrigation from your hose bib. Meredith Smith will share tips and tricks on how to create an edible and flowering garden to enjoy all year long. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 27, 2017 2:00PM - 4:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

Discover the world of time-lapse photography. Learn the tips and techniques to capture time as they occur in intervals. Lisa Langell will also discuss the appropriate equipment often used to capture these images. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

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

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

Did you know that you can actually control how your audience feels and experiences your photography through light, shade and creative composition? In this class, you will learn the quintessential compositional elements oriented toward wildlife and nature photography. Discussion will include rule of thirds, the Fibonacci sequence, leading lines, color harmony, tension, positive and negative space, journalistic photography styles, power points, post-processing concepts, and more. Open to all digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Participants should bring camera, manual and a variety of lenses. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

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

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

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

Join Robert McBride on an in-class photographic journey of the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. He will cover general photographic techniques and the use of natural light to capture this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

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

Join Robert McBride on a journey that spans the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon in the north through Red Rock State Park on the southern end of the valley. You will explore techniques on how to capture this unique environment from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras.This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 5:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

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

Spend your summer evenings editing your favorite photographs using Photoshop Elements. Join Robert McBride as he briefly demonstrates how to edit photographs from start to finish. The majority of the class time will be conducted as an open studio where students can edit their images, "fine tune" their Photoshop Elements skills and receive one-on-one assistance using the Garden's digital classroom. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and Photoshop Elements. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

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

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

Vegan Thailand
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Chef Jason Wyrick on a culinary journey to Thailand with all new recipes! Learn you how to prepare classic drinks and foods from this flavorful cuisine, including many gluten-free dishes. Discover how to prepare classic curries, stir-fries and coconut custards.Recipes demonstrated will be vegan.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 31, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

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

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

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

Learn the basics of cooking fish-a skill that can be used year-round-and making steelhead fish tacos with pickled onions and Baja cream. We will also prepare black beans with goat cheese and jalapenos, Southwest creamed corn and tres leches cupcakes that can be served at all your summer outdoor parties. Instructed by Maggie Norris. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

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

Dive into learning how to cook with seafood. Learn the various techniques of working with seafood. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp so you do not overcook them. Chef Clyde Gaston will demonstrate simple recipes and share techniques on how to enhance flavors of your seafood. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

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

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

Cooking in the hot Arizona summer can be a daunting task. Chef Jason Wyrick demonstrates a variety of hearty and filling recipes that don't require an oven or stove and are perfect for surviving hot desert summers. Learn to create simple, elegant recipes without heating up your home. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

Figs have been with us since ancient times. They are delicious, have lots of dietary fiber and provide many health benefits. Watch fig delicacies being prepared, sample them and take home recipes to try in your kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

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

Hispanic markets are brimming with delicate and brightly colored flores de calabaza - squash blossoms - in the summer. Vegetarian chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare a delicious squash blossom soup with roasted poblano chiles and an easy squash blossom quesadilla with huitlacoche and other favorite squash blossom recipes inspired by visits to Mexico City. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

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

Indigenous to the Southwest, mesquite trees are loaded with nutritious pods that have a natural, caramel-like sweetness. Used for generations by native peoples, mesquite flour is gluten-free, high in protein and nutrient dense. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare her four-seed mesquite crackers, Pima wheat mesquite tortillas and how to easily incorporate mesquite into your daily diet. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

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

Gazpachos are cold soups that turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate a variety of amazing soups to add to your repertoire, including a seasonal tomato gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho and a lime chicken gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

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

Full of flavor, texture and history, ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa, spelt, and amaranth are at the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Learn more about their health value and versatility with indigenous foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she prepares some of her favorite breads, salads and dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

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

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert's bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leather. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 10:30AM   (9 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
Art

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


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

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

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


Alcohol inks are an easy and interesting way to create works of art. In this class, you will be shown how to freeform using easy techniques for applying highly pigmented inks to special paper. As the inks flow and mingle, they create remarkable effects that can be controlled with brushes to create abstract prints or realistic paintings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Sue Hunter. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

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

Learn the art of needle felting by transforming fluffs of wool and shaping forms into whimsical sculptures of sheep. After making several sculptures, you will learn how to arrange and string them into various styles of mobiles that can be given as a one-of-a-kind gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 28, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

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

Pillows are the ultimate accent pieces. In this class, you will use fabric paint to create a vintage botanical print on a canvas pillow cover. Using desert plants and animals as inspiration, you will learn botanical illustration techniques such as line, shape and space to compose a composition. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

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

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

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

Learn how to use air dried clay to transform a gourd into a bird and create eggs. Let your imagination be your guide as you paint the bird and eggs. You will also weave a colorful, sturdy nest for your bird family using wire, string, fibers and yarn. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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


Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gifts. All materials are included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.

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

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

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


Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. A field trip is planned to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday / August 25 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

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

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

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

The Northern Lights - the Aurora Borealis - is a stunning and colorful natural phenomenon, which we have only recently begun to understand. We will discuss the changing explanations for this "light show" and explore the connection between the Northern Lights and solar activity, in particular the sunspot cycle, solar flares, and the magnetic fields of the Sun and the Earth. Instructed by Dr. Per Aannestad. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.

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

Experience the Colorado Plateau with a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona. This 200-acre Flagstaff museum includes more than five million Native American artifacts. You will be led on a private, behind-the-scenes tour with a museum curator to visit the Easton Collection Center that houses an extensive cultural, natural science and fine art holdings. You will also be guided on a docent-led tour highlighting the various exhibitions on display. Price includes entrance fee and lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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