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.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Children, Family & Educators
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
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.

Terrarium Gardens
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves as you create a whimsical miniature garden under glass. This class offers step-by-step instructions on how to use landscape techniques to build a garden setting. A variety of miniature plants, rocks, shells and moss will be provided to design your terrarium. All materials included with class attendance. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories. Limit 15.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Small Patio Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Jan. 22 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Imagine creating an intimate patio or courtyard with small desert trees or large shrubs. With the right care, these plants can provide natural shade or create a feeling of privacy. Join Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden, as she discusses the best trees and shrubs that can be used to grace your patio or courtyard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Tossing out rinds, crusts and even weeds is a waste of free fertilizer. Composting creates an environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or open-composts come in all sorts of styles. Find the one that's right for you. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

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

Your dream of garden-to-table dinners may be easier to achieve than you think. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time to plant them. Explore soil preparation, raised beds, container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the 10 basic steps and planting times, according to local calendars, to help you add fresh vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Feel your stresses wilt away, and your creativity blossom, through ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l Jan. 26 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Gardening for Desert Tortoises
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Making a healthy habitat for a desert tortoise involves offering a wide variety of plants for both food and shelter. Growing these plants in your garden not only provides a home for your desert tortoise but also offers your garden beauty, color and interest. Christine Brehm explains how to create a plant palette for both you and your tortoise to enjoy year-round. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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From the windowsill herb box to the patio tomato pot, container gardening can bring a bountiful harvest to those with spatial limitations. This step-by-step class weeds out the Southwest's unique obstacles to growing edibles in containers and offers tips on choosing potting soil, watering, mulching and when and where seasonal greens grow best. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Color Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 28 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Harness the colors of vibrant desert-adapted plants for a garden that delights the eye. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shows how to incorporate color throughout your outdoor space using plants, garden art and other elements. She also covers plant placement and how to combine colors for maximum effect. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Valentine Bonsai
Regular Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Mondays l Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 l 6 - 8 p.m.

In these extended classes, you can either learn how to turn a Valentine emu into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Instructors Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. Learn how to control insects, foster survival during summer months and prune for maximum bloom. Limit 30.


Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Gardens of all sizes can play host to the culinary herbs used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. Learn how to grow and care for these useful plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulents for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 6 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Whether planted in the ground or potted in containers, succulents make a stunning addition to any landscape. Learn to care for and maintain healthy, vibrant succulents purchased from the store or grown from seeds, cuttings or divisions. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

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

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

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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In this interactive program, learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3D model. SketchUp®: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp®: Next Steps. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan and modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class. Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class. Limit 15.

Aloes for Desert Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Discover the many varieties of aloes-beyond aloe vera-that are best suited to harsh desert summers. Discuss placement, sun tolerance, frost hardiness and watering needs. If properly selected, you can have something in bloom all year. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of the Agavaceae, Aloaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Low-Desert Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday l Feb. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Step into the whimsical world of container gardening with Carol Stuttard. Learn about the different mixes to use, the correct watering techniques and how to maximize microclimates. This class covers design features of containers and plants, and includes a planting demonstration. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l Feb. 16 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 Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l Feb. 17 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Container gardening adds color and fragrance to balconies, patios or any small space. Herbs are among the easiest, prettiest and most rewarding plants for pots. Learn how to grow basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, lavender, parsley, rosemary, and how to pick the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Best Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Desert natives may seem ideally adapted to the climate, but many species, especially those introduced from other regions, need special care to survive the harsh Sonoran growing conditions. Join Angelica Elliott on this walk through the Garden, as she identifies and recommends the best plants and gives instruction about growing them in your garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Growing Milkweeds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Asclepias, or milkweeds, are vital host plants for queen and monarch butterfly larvae. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. Learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed and cuttings will be provided. Instructed by Natalie Melkonoff and Steve Blackwell, program coordinators for the Great Milkweed Grow Out at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Plant Grafting 
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard discusses and demonstrates how you can have more fruit varieties though the use of various grafting and budding methods, including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class also covers collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. Rootstock and scion wood, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Flowering All Year
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 26 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Our year-round sunshine means that we can enjoy flowering landscapes throughout the year. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shares her favorite plants that flower throughout most of the year, as well as tips for using plants with overlapping bloom seasons. Part of the class will be spent walking through the garden looking at examples of year-round flowering plants. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Pollinator Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 27 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Maximize your garden's potential with a colorful array of plants that pollinators can't resist. Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and heartwarming hummingbirds to your garden. Carol Stuttard shares tips about specific plants and their care. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Nut Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | March 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Go nuts with your garden by introducing some of the nut trees that love the low desert climate. From shady pecans to beautifully blossoming almonds, nut trees can bring a host of benefits to our yards and pantries. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to create "outdoor rooms" for personal relaxation retreats, multi-use spaces for entertaining, or family fun centers. Creative approaches will include desert-adapted plants and structural elements. Bring your wish list to get additional ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Desert Soils for Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | March 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Understanding soil is vital, because it is home to the important, yet largely unnoticed, plant roots. Learn the complexities of our soil and the means of managing it to grow the healthiest plants possible. We will discuss the various soils types, the importance of a living soil, the essential elements of plant growth. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Bare Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | March 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Have you always wanted to grow your own produce, but have no idea how to start? If so, join gardening expert Carol Stuttard, and find out how to start from scratch, taking a bare patch of earth and turning it into a bountiful garden. Learn about site, soil, irrigation and correct planting times for seasonal crops, in this bare basics class. All participants will take home some seeds to get them started on their gardening journey. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your spring vegetable gardens, you need to start thinking about summer planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic summer vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful summer garden awaits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Air Plant Trapeze
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | March 23 | 2 - 5 p.m.

As the name implies, air plants need no contact with the ground. In this class, create the picture perfect perch for your air plants, and learn where to hang them to naturally accent any room of the house. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Mar 23, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for Home Landscape Design I and II by March 11 receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on March 12. 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
Wednesdays | March 27, April 3 | 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
Wednesdays | April 10, 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays l March 27, April 3 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 Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Best Bulbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Bulbs supply some of the most exquisite notes and seasonal surprises in a garden, and many species live as happily in hot, exposed conditions as they do in shaded containers. Discover which bulbs to plant and where to buy them, plus soil, watering and exposure requirements. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: SketchUp Landscape Design
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all three classes by March 11 to receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

SketchUp Pro is a powerful 3D modeling software that accurately builds 3D landscape designs. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes 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. Instructed by Landscape Designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Monday | April 1 | 2 - 4 p.m.
In this interactive program, learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

SketchUp: Next Steps
Monday | April 8 | 2 - 5 p.m.
Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan and modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Monday | April 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Container Gardening: Ornamentals
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | April 4 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Explore ways to add colorful and shapely accents to your patio and yard through the basics of container gardening. Learn about making selections based on plant size, shape and color to create intriguing containerized arrangements sure to impress your friends and neighbors and attract wildlife, including hummingbirds. Participants should bring their own 12-inch pot. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes, horticulturist at the Garden. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 4, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Lower your water bill--and help the planet--one drip at a time by designing an efficient drip irrigation system that you can modify as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. We also discuss how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Succulent Monogram Wreath
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Create a personalized planter wreath, using a galvanized metal letter that can be mounted to a wall. Follow a step-by-step process by adding soil and wire mesh to your planter. Then add a variety of succulents to complete your finished artwork. Lynn Reves will also discuss how to maintain your living piece of art. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Aromatherapy Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn to infuse your outdoor spaces with the 10 best aromatherapy plants that even beginner gardeners can grow. Learn the many therapeutic uses of these plants, as well as how to grow, maintain and harvest them. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

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

Discover how to create modern and mid-century landscape designs to complement contemporary architecture or add a contemporary flare to any renovation. The focus will be on desert and desert-adapted plants with some hardscape elements. Bring a photo of your yard for some quick tips. Instructed by Marie White, landscape designer. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | April 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Vegetable gardeners beam as they fill their harvest baskets with fresh, chemical-free produce. However, a multitude of challenges come from insects, diseases and mysterious ailments that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Join Carol Stuttard as she prepares you to keep your organic vegetables healthy, vigorous and less vulnerable to attack. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Humans' use of herbs for medicine, flavor and fragrance predates modern record-keeping. Explore the history of herbs, and their role in kitchens and diverse cultures today. This class will also cover the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Fuss-free Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Create an attractive outdoor space that doesn't require much maintenance. Discover a number of low-maintenance plants that will add welcome beauty without a lot of fuss. Pruning techniques and other helpful tips will be discussed to decrease the amount of time working in the garden and more time enjoying it. Instructed by Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Agave and Yucca in the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | April 17 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Starr Urbatsch, agaveceae collections manager at the Garden, as she explores spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful but durable yuccas that flourish in our extreme climate. Discuss the placement, care and pest problems of these extraordinary plants that bring color, depth and beauty without much water or maintenance. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Strange Succulents for Unique Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Intrigued by succulents and ready to go beyond aloes, agaves and yuccas? In this class, we look at the many strange succulents suited to our desert climate, such as Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Euphorbia, Haworthia, Gasteria and Stapelia. Discuss plant placement, frost protection and watering requirements. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Growing Sprouts and Microgreens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Looking for a quick crop that's full of nutrients? Consider growing a bed of sprouts or other microgreens. Perfect for salads and sandwiches, small, leafy veggies can restore dietary health and be grown in small patches of soil or even in containers of water. Learn growing and maintenance strategies from Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Pinot and Petals
Regular Price: $143.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday | April 20 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Let the inspiration flow as you join Lynn Reves for an uncorked evening of sipping wine, tasting cheese and arranging flowers. Learn the ins and outs to create an original floral arrangement, while enjoying the relaxing outdoor Garden setting at sunset. Must be at least 21 to attend. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | April 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Would your garden survive an extended drought? Planning our landscapes often involves thinking about space, color and food production, but it rarely takes water consumption into account. Learn about the greater environmental benefits of water-wise gardening, and discover ways to ensure a hearty harvest when water is scarce or irrigation is impossible. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Creating Shade
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 1 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Shade is nature's sunscreen. Throughout the Sonoran Desert, plant habitats create natural stratifications based on how much light they can take and how much protection they need. Learn to mimic nature and ensure the success of your garden by providing layers of shade through strategic plants and structures. Students will tour shady areas of the Garden as part of the class. Instructed by "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 1, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 4 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline, so it is vital to keep it flowing. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers--and how to maximize efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | May 6, 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Whether we are making pesto or potpourri, herbs help us build strong flavors and aromas. This two-part class introduces 20 of the most useful and easily grown herbs for your garden, with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, usage and storage techniques as you delight your senses in this interactive experience. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 6, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | May 7 | 6 - 8 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 Spring 2019: Tue, May 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape Renderings
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | May 8 | 3 - 6 p.m.

Given the time and labor required to make landscape changes, there isn't a lot of room for trial and error. This is where having the vivid, detailed landscape rendering comes in handy. Learn how to use perspective drawing techniques and different materials to create a visual aid for your next landscape endeavor, be it for your own dream yard or to impress a client or employer. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 8, 2019 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | May 9 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, your summer garden 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 2019: Thu, May 9, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 2 - 4 p.m.

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

Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 11, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

Bougainvillea Bonsai
Regular Price: $123.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Mondays | May 13, 20, 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

In these three classes, learn how to turn a bouganvillea bough into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Instructors Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan. With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Much of the Bible is set in a landscape akin to the Southwest, and many of the medicinal and culinary herbs it mentions flourish here, too. Draw on ancient scripture for practical lessons about herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a saintly herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Attract Beneficial Insects
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | May 20 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Step into the world of integrated pest management, and leave harmful pesticides behind, as you leverage the power of beneficial insects. From ladybugs to lacewings, nature abounds with bugs that keep unwanted critters in check. Learn which plants welcome the friendliest six-legged species. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 20, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Urban Jungle
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 22 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bring a bit of wilderness to your front door as you transform your patio into an oasis of eclectic greenery. Find your ideal blend of hanging plants, terraria, succulents and more to create a blast of natural beauty each time you come and go. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 22, 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.

 
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.

Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.


The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking, but hard to capture. Join Robert McBride to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from taking advantage of the soft winter light to creating images that are beautifully exposed amid bright conditions. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Nature in Winter: In the Field
Regular Price: $312.00
Member Price: $250.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Saturday | Jan. 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Explore the winter wonderland of Sedona's Red Rocks with Robert McBride. Discover techniques to capture winter scenes, from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras.This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 9:30AM - 7:30PM   CLOSED

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

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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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.

Automatic Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday | Feb. 1 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Do you ever wish you could take high-quality photographs without mastering numerous complicated settings? If so, this fun and engaging session will teach you seven powerful but simple techniques to help you avoid common mistakes while capturing beautiful images-all while keeping the camera on "auto." Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Explore the art of the up-close and personal: macro photography. Discuss ways to get 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. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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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.

Ordinary to Extraordinary
Regular Price: $93.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday and Wednesday | Feb. 4, 6 | 5 - 7 p.m.

Often it is not what you shoot, but how and when you shoot it, that makes for an extraordinary photograph. Learn to use the elements of design, camera settings, lighting and cropping techniques to enhance composition. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 5:00PM - 7:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Pollinator Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Many of the Sonoran Desert's pollinating species burst with as much color as the plants they assist. Lisa Langell demonstrates how to capture these colorful critters after discussing camera settings, flash setups and more. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (5 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Wednesday | Feb. 9, 13
Saturday | 1 - 5 p.m. l Wednesday | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. OR
Saturday and Wednesday l May 4, 8
Saturday l 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. l Wednesday l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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

Master Your Point-and-Shoot Camera
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Rediscover the versatility of point-and-shoot cameras to snap family portraits, landscapes, close-ups of nature and even tough subjects like fireworks and night scenes. Joanne West and John Marino shows when to use scene modes, macro, flash modes and manual settings. Head into the Garden to learn to recognize and respond to various lighting situations along with ways to compose for more powerful images. After a short break for lunch, review your photos and discuss composition and framing. Limit 12.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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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.

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Enjoy a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes in this class designed for amateur photographers. With hands-on guidance, participants use creative experiments to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations. Participants should bring digital or film SLR camera, wide-angle or medium zoom lens, tripod, cable or remote shutter release (optional) and flashlight. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 12.

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Video
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Take advantage of the stellar video features of your iPhone or iPad to become a mobile cinematographer. In this program, you will use the sights and sounds of the Garden as a muse as you learn to create artistic videos and master skills to capture all sorts of memorable events. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Deanna Dent. Limit 15.

Painting Electric Desert
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Create photographs through light painting using the Garden's Electric Desert as inspiration. Join Ashley Lowery to learn ways the exhibition's wild lightshow can become photographic brushstrokes through long exposures. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will "paint" the desert scene and plants with light. For DSLR cameras with a tripod only. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 10.

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

Package Deal - Legendary Superstition Mountains
Regular Price: $270.00
Member Price: $216.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction and Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field by March 11 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount.

Members: $216 | General Public: $270
Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction
Thursday | March 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The Superstition Mountains are packed with legend, history and intrigue. Before you can capture their glory, learn everything involved in digital landscape photography, from the detailed mechanics of using your digital camera to exposure and composing the perfect shot. While this class is open to all camera owners, it is most appropriate for digital cameras. Participants should bring camera and manual.

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Tuesday | March 19 | 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images of the Superstition Mountains. Start at the museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range, then photograph it in the golden hour when the sun sets and the full moon rises. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program, and transportation is provided. Click here for required equipment.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Mar 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | March 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The Superstition Mountains are packed with legend, history and intrigue. Before you can capture their glory, learn everything involved in digital landscape photography, from the detailed mechanics of using your digital camera to exposure and composing the perfect shot. While this class is open to all camera owners, it is most appropriate for digital cameras. Participants should bring camera and manual. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Mar 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $200.00
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Tuesday | March 19 | 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images of the Superstition Mountains. Start at the museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range, then photograph it in the golden hour when the sun sets and the full moon rises. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program, and transportation is provided. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 19, 2019 3:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday l April 3 l 1 - 5 p.m.

Your camera's many buttons and dials might recall an airplane cockpit, but with a little guidance, your confidence using them will soar. Learn about different features, functions and proper setup to create perfectly exposed photographs, with balanced shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. Learn how to use your newly acquired photography skills by practicing in the Garden. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 3, 2019 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Chasing the Milky Way
Regular Price: $231.00
Member Price: $185.00
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The Milky Way is only visible in the Northern Hemisphere from March to October, and it takes certain skills and camera tricks to capture its depth and beauty. This new series will get you on track for a summer of great galactic shots. Instructed by Joanne West.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Chasing the Milky Way and Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field by March 11 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability.

Chasing the Milky Way
Wednesday | April 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.

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

Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field
Friday | April 5 | 1 - 7 a.m.

Take a trip out to Picketpost Mountain-and away from the city's light pollution-to get unrivaled shots of the Milky Way in all of its glowing grandeur. This trip expands upon Chasing the Milky Way: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for experienced photographers. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should also bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is provided. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 3, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | April 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Use your camera like a telescope as you track down the ethereal swath of gases, stars and planets we call the Milky Way. Learn when and where our galactic backyard can be sighted, and which camera settings will best capture its beauty. Discover the right equipment, exposure and metering, and specific techniques to shoot the night sky. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 3, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Chasing the Milky Way: In the Field
Regular Price: $206.00
Member Price: $165.00
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Friday | April 5 | 1 - 7 a.m.

Take a trip out to Picketpost Mountain-and away from the city's light pollution-to get unrivaled shots of the Milky Way in all of its glowing grandeur. This trip expands upon Chasing the Milky Way: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for experienced photographers. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should also bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is provided. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Apr 5, 2019 1:00AM - 7:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal: Digital Desert Photography
Regular Price: $160.00
Member Price: $128.00
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Take guided steps to photographic excellence using digital cameras. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Getting Started and Next Steps by March 11 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Saturday | April 6 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday | April 10 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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


Next Steps
Saturday | May 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday | May 8 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. This class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Wednesday l April 6, 10
Saturday l 10 a.m. - 2 p .m.
Wednesday l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or simply interested in learning about camera settings and when to use them. Joanne West covers basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday l April 7 l 1 - 4 p.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy 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 Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | April 8 | 7 - 10 a.m.

Butterfly wings burst with color, and capturing them all is an art form filled with challenges and rewards. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's seasonal butterfly pavilion. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Participants should bring a digital camera and a mid-range to telephoto lens. We also recommend bringing a macro lens and a monopod. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Mastering the Tools of Photography
Regular Price: $191.00
Member Price: $153.00
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Mastering the appropriate use of your camera's tools ensures success in every situation. This series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register by March 11 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Mastering Exposure
Wednesday | April 17 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual.

The Secret of Lighting
Wednesday | May 1 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Let there be light, the essential ingredient in all photography. Light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographers. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class.

Composition
Wednesday | May 15 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Where to stand? What to crop? How to focus? Composition consists of answering these tough questions. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod and cable or remote shutter release.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 1:00PM - 4:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Mastering Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class examines your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Let there be light, the essential ingredient in all photography. Light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographers. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Motion Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday l May 9 l 6 - 9 p.m.

Discover how to capture motion in your photos using the Garden's new exhibition Electric Desert as your muse. Joanne West discusses basic shooting techniques for freezing action, creating blur and how to deal with moving subjects creatively. You will examine the importance of focus, shutter speeds and how proper equipment is essential for taking great action shots. This class is open to all digital or mirrorless camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Monopod recommended. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 9, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Manual Photography 101
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Please note NEW date change: Saturday | May 18 | 3 - 7 p.m.

Tracy Battaglia guides you through simple exercises to begin mastering a perfect exposure while shooting manually. Forget auto-settings and learn her three pillars technique. Tracy will show you how to understnad aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Understanding these elements, their functions and how they work together is important to achieve your photography goals. All DSLR photographers welcome. Students should have a working knowledge of their camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 3:00PM - 7:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Adobe Photoshop Elements
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Learn how to organize and add creative touches to your photos using Photoshop Elements. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all three classes by March 11 and receive a 10 percent discount. Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
Thursday | May 16 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Use the Garden's digital classroom to explore Adobe Photoshop Elements, a handy software toolbox that all beginner photographers should know how to use. Upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, and sort, organize, enhance and share photos. Topics include use of tools, palettes and image manipulation. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment.

Next Steps
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.

Finishing Touches
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.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 16, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | May 16 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Use the Garden's digital classroom to explore Adobe Photoshop Elements, a handy software toolbox that all beginner photographers should know how to use. Upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, and sort, organize, enhance and share photos. Topics include use of tools, palettes and image manipulation. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but users are welcome. Click here for required equipment.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 16, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

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   (12 AVAIL)

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   (12 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.

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

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

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

Package Deal: Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 4. Each package includes seven sessions:

Members: $78 | General Public: $98
Offer expires March 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays | March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 | 8 - 9 a.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 5, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Package Deal: Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 4. Each package includes seven sessions:

Members: $78 | General Public: $98
Offer expires March 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Sundays | March 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14, May 5, 19
8 - 9 a.m.


Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you begin your weekend in the beautiful Garden setting. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 10, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Package Deal: Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by March 4. Each package includes seven sessions:

Members: $78 | General Public: $98
Offer expires March 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays | March 13, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8 | 4 - 5 p.m.

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

Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Homemade Cream Puffs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the art of making cream puffs (or pâte à choux as the French say). Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates her technique to make the perfect puff, and then transforms the puff dough into a savory artichoke heart and dill cocktail puff, and a delectable dessert cream puff shaped to look like a delicate swan, complete with edible wings. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Italian Favorites
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her favorite Italian-inspired recipes, including how to make homemade mozzarella. Learn to make a classic caprese salad made with homemade mozzarella, a creamy risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and a classic chicken picatta with lemon caper sauce. For dessert, enjoy a riff on a traditional tiramisu. Chef Terri's version is made with fresh berries, a touch of orange and creamy mascarpone cheese. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Appetizers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Maria Cano shares her favorite appetizers, all of which are made easy with the right materials and a few fun rolling techniques. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Savory Pies and Tarts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Pies and tarts do not have to be sweet! Try a savory rendition, perfect for a winter supper. Learn to make a vegetarian shepherd's pie with a sweet potato topping; a roasted vegetable and goat cheese galette (free-form tart); and a carrot, ricotta and fresh herb puff-pastry tart. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teri Milligan. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tantalizing Tortillas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There is nothing like a fresh, homemade flour tortilla straight off the comal, or Mexican griddle. Join Chef Maria Cano as she reveals how to make perfect flour tortillas that can be used for burritos or as a complement to many Mexican dishes. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Global Inspired Breakfast
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Be inspired by the many flavorful ways that the world wakes up using globally inspired recipes, such as eggs scrambled with chorizo, or pancakes made with coconut milk. Mix up your traditional breakfast items to include new flavors to fuel your day. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (8 AVAIL)

Powders
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Innovative chefs are starting to empower their dishes with powders. No longer simply for sprinkling, intense powders like matcha, cacao, ground turmeric, maca root and powdered egg whites are infused into dishes for added nutrition and flavor. Get ahead of the curve by learning to incorporate powders into everything from nutrition bars to soups to baked goods. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 1 - 3 p.m.

From the freshening power of handpicked dill to the pesto-y potency of hand-torn basil, fresh herbs lend intoxicating flavor profiles to all kinds of dishes. Discover an awesome array of fresh herb pairings from chef and traditional herbalist Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cooking 101: Savory Soups and Scones
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes three savory soups from scratch, starting with a rich vegetable stock made with various vegetable shavings that most people normally discard. Then learn to make the perfect pairing for the soups-a savory fresh herb and Gruyère cheese scone. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Curious About Curry
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Curry dishes are a favorite in Indian cuisine, with deep and savory flavors coming from aromatic spice blends. Learn the secrets of how to create healthy and delicious North and South Indian curries using a blend of fragrant spices, nuts and fruits. To finish, calm your taste buds by learning how to prepare kheer, a simple sweet dish made using milk and basmati rice, garnished with nuts, spices or raisins. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Introduction to Perfume Making
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Feb. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Get a whiff of the wonders of DIY perfume making. Discuss the history of perfume, methods of oil extraction, and learn how perfumers blend various scent notes into mixtures called accords. Experiment with building your own perfume as you learn how the individual properties of notes translate into viable, long-lasting scents. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Rigby. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Homemade Pickling
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There are more things to pickle than cucumbers. Chef Terri Milligan delves into the world of quick pickling with everything from beet juice-pickled deviled eggs to pickling fruits like peaches. You will even learn to make your own pickled ginger. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Grains
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | March 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Grains are known as the building blocks of breads and other baked goods, but you might be surprised by their many other uses. Explore a variety of grains including ancient ones like kamut, farro and quinoa. Watch, taste and learn as Chef Terri Milligan creates dishes from appetizers to desserts. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Mar 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Package Deal - International Cooking
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Asian Noodles and Global Small Bites by March 11 and receive a
20 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Asian Noodles
Tuesday | March 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Twisted at the end of chopsticks, noodles sop up flavor like a mop, making them perfect vessels for the many flavors of the East. Join Chef Terri Milligan as she prepares noodle dishes like udon noodles with citrus cucumber vinaigrette, spicy dandan noodles and a soba noodle ramen bowl made with bone broth.

Global Small Bites
Saturday | April 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Tapas. Hor d'oeurves. Pupu platters. Countless cultures around the world have come up with their own bite-sized dishes of deliciousness. Take a stab (with a toothpick) at a few of Chef Terri Milligan's far-flung favorites, including red wine-braised chorizo bites, stuffed grape leaves, steamed dim sum with ginger ponzu dipping sauce and curry vegetable fritters with lime yogurt.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Asian Noodles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | March 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Twisted at the end of chopsticks, noodles sop up flavor like a mop, making them perfect vessels for the many flavors of the East. Join Chef Terri Milligan as she prepares noodle dishes like udon noodles with citrus cucumber vinaigrette, spicy dandan noodles and a soba noodle ramen bowl made with bone broth. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Global Small Bites
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Tapas. Hor d'oeurves. Pupu platters. Countless cultures around the world have come up with their own bite-sized dishes of deliciousness. Take a stab (with a toothpick) at a few of Chef Terri Milligan's far-flung favorites, including red wine-braised chorizo bites, stuffed grape leaves, steamed dim sum with ginger ponzu dipping sauce and curry vegetable fritters with lime yogurt. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Cooking for the Week
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | March 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cooking your own meals lets you be the master of your dietary health. Learn to plan and execute a wholesome menu for the week to build your overall quality of life. Chef Maria Cano shares great tips and recipes to get the bulk of your preparation done in one day. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Spring into Salads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | March 30 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Spring brings an abundance of fresh veggies, making it the perfect season to make salads as sides or centerpieces of the meal. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Mar 30, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Your Brain on Food
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | April 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.

We often forget that one of the simplest solutions to stress and mental lows is good food. Learn about the connection between diet and mental health, and gain tips for eating with brain health in mind. Instructed by Dr. Christy Alexon. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Apr 2, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Tibetan Singing Bowls
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Get in touch with the meditative and even healing powers of Tibetan singing bowls. Experiment with the range of pulsating tones, which some believe can restore vibratory frequencies at the cellular level and throughout our nervous system. Try them for yourself and feel increased harmony in body and mind as you use sound and vibration to induce a state of relaxation and focus. All bowls used in this class are Fair Trade Certified and hand-hammered in Nepal. Participants should bring favorite blanket or mat and pillow. Instructed by Water Shepherd. Limit 30.

Spices and Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | April 7 | 1 - 3 p.m.

The oldest culinary traditions tell us that spice and flavor go together, yet many of us leave heat out of our cooking. Learn how to incorporate a few traditional Mexican spices with Chef Maria Cano. Watch and taste along as she creates. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Handcrafted Beauty
Regular Price: $138.00
Member Price: $111.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Handcrafted Soaps and Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes by March 11 and receive a 15 percent discount. Both classes for only:

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Saturday | April 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon

A dash of salt, a splash of oil, a couple common herbs-simple ingredients for relaxing baths and supple skin can be found right in our cupboards and backyards. Join Lynn Reves as she teaches you recipes to create bath salts, teas and fizzes sure to relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. Limit 15.

Handcrafted Soaps
Saturday | May 11 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to use the melt and pour process to make handcrafted soaps infused with scents from natural flowers and herbs. Handcrafted soaps contain moisturizing glycerin, butters or oils and are free of harsh preservatives and other chemicals that can be irritating to skin. A variety of fresh and dried herbs, clays and essential oils will be provided to customize your soaps. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon

A dash of salt, a splash of oil, a couple common herbs-simple ingredients for relaxing baths and supple skin can be found right in our cupboards and backyards. Join Lynn Reves as she teaches you recipes to create bath salts, teas and fizzes sure to relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Handcrafted Soaps
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to use the melt and pour process to make handcrafted soaps infused with scents from natural flowers and herbs. Handcrafted soaps contain moisturizing glycerin, butters or oils and are free of harsh preservatives and other chemicals that can be irritating to skin. A variety of fresh and dried herbs, clays and essential oils will be provided to customize your soaps. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 11, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Cooking Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

When cooking seafood it's often sink or swim. Chef Maggie Norris throws floundering cooks a lifesaver as she demonstrates a few classic techniques for working with your favorite aquatic ingredients. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp to that succulent sweet spot. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Homemade: Cheese
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | April 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

With a little guidance, you can master the traditional art of cheesemaking, starting with ricotta, montrachet and fresh mozzarella. Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes flatbread with lemon basil ricotta and roasted carrots, fresh mozzarella with spaghetti squash and tomato and roasted beet and arugula salad with fresh montrachet. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Meatless Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 4 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Studies have found that going vegetarian can help you live longer. Take a step toward longevity by subbing in high-protein veggies, grains and legumes with a few simple, palette-expanding recipes. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Root of the Matter
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Root vegetables absorb vitamins from the soil that we can wring out onto our plates. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates an earthy array of recipes that squeeze the flavors and nutrients from root vegetables. Dig in as she dishes out roasted garlic, cauliflower and celeriac bisque, roasted root vegetable tatin and roasted beet cupcakes with beet cream cheese frosting. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Mother's Day Brunch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | May 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Let's celebrate our mothers with a fantastic Mother's Day brunch. Chef Maggie Norris prepares a spring vegetable and goat cheese dip and panko-crusted crab cakes with roasted pepper and chive aioli. Savor a delightful snap pea and arugula salad with burrata cheese, and finish the day with a luscious lemon-soufflé pudding cake. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, May 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Essential Oils and Spritzers
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz for a fun and relaxing afternoon workshop exploring essential oils, how they work, and how best to use them. In this introductory class, discuss and experience a variety different essential oils and make your own aromatherapy spritzer to take home for peace and clarity. Felicia is a certified holistic aromatherapist, who blends her indigenous wisdom with modern modalities such as aromatherapy and creating blends useful for everyday living. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Best of Broccoli
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 1 - 3 p.m.

It's a bird..it's a plane..it's broccoli the superfood! One of the healthiest vegetables we can eat, broccoli can be the hero of any dish, or play sidekick to the main course. Chef Maggie Norris will show you how to prepare roasted and charred broccoli with peanuts, a quick, easy broccoli cheese soup, broccoli coleslaw with bacon, and share a recipe for a spicy, stir-fried broccoli raab with chicken and peanuts. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Artisanal Ice Creams
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to transform your kitchen into a gourmet ice cream parlor by making your own artisanal cone or bowl from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Natalie Melkonoff gives you the scoop on all the basics of mixing and chilling homemade ice cream with a variety of recipes utilizing local flavors and classic favorites. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Cold Soups
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | May 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cold soups are a refreshing way to turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate a variety of amazing cold soups to add to your repertoire, including mango spacho, sweet corn and Yukon potato vichyssoise, avocado and green curry bisque and blueberry lavender soup with lemon sorbet. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, May 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 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.

 
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.


Birds of the Desert Mosaic
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 23 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join David Jarvinen to capture the brilliant colors of desert birds in an impressive mosaic. Work with a variety of glass tiles while learning the fundamentals of shade, tone, movement and texture in a black 5x7-inch frame. You can choose from model images that include the cardinal, verdin, bluebird, quail, oriole or hummingbird. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.

Click here to see what inspring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Contemporary Gourd Canteen
Regular Price: $138.00
Member Price: $110.00
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Sunday l Jan. 27 l 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Blend tradition with artful innovation as you transform a gourd into a stylish canteen. Learn a contemporary design that features negative space cutouts, fretwork, rustic stippling and couched bear grass to create a surface texture. Students ink and seal the gourd, drill holes, stipple the textured areas and then file the holes and the cutouts. Sue Brogdon demonstrates how to prepare the bear grass for weaving, and how to line the inside of the gourd with handmade paper. Participants will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 9:00AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Watercolor and Wine
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday l Feb. 2 l Noon - 3 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves to experience an afternoon of watercolor painting al fresco while enjoying a flight of wine in the beautiful Garden setting, and learning to paint different desert subjects like hummingbirds and flowers. Mix and match your watercolors as you sample varieties of burgundy and pinot noir. All materials included with class attendance. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Each participant will receive one flight of wine. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Limit 15.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Botanical Illustration: Agaves
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Tuesdays l Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 l Noon - 4 p.m.

Characterized by their cool colors, sharp geometry and concentric layers, agaves are dynamic subjects for training with watercolor paints and pencils, and pen and ink. Botanical illustrator Katherine Calllingham guides you from start to finish as you create accurate botanical illustrations of Garden agaves. Through a variety of exercises and outdoor sessions, you will develop your own style and skills to become an accomplished botanical artist. All skill levels welcome, but class is best suited to those with some prior drawing skills. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Aloes in Colored Pencil
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Wednesdays l Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 l 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore simple techniques to illustrate the bold flower colors and varied greens of aloes in colored pencils. Learn ways to effectively show texture and detail. See helpful demonstrations and enjoy exercises designed for beginners and advanced students alike. All levels welcome. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Adv. Calligraphy: Design, Layout + Embellishment
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Thursdays | Feb. 7, 14 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Build on your lettering skills as you gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments as you work to take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Desert Flower Doodling 
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Untangle your cluttered mind with the easy-to learn, relaxing patterns of the Zentangle drawing method. Feel an increase in focus and creativity as doodling stylized shapes provides artistic satisfaction and a greater sense of well-being. Learn how to draw desert flowers using watercolor or colored pencils in the Zentangle method. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Watercolor Blooms
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday l Feb. 16 l 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Desert plants like the prickly pear and barrel cactus thrive in dry settings, but they do pretty well in watercolors, too. Get inspired by a botanical subject in the Garden, then experiment with basic watercolor techniques including color mixing, brushwork and adding materials. Apply your new skills to create a beautiful final piece on an 11x14-inch sheet of cold-press watercolor paper. All skill levels are welcome. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 10:30AM - 1:30PM   WAIT LIST

Nature-Based Poetry
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday l Feb. 9 l 1 - 4 p.m.

The poet Mary Oliver once wrote, "Whoever you are...the world offers itself to your imagination." Let yours soar as you read and discuss famous nature-based poems and discover key elements of effective writing. Then jot down observations while exploring the Garden, and return to the classroom to draft and, if you wish, share an original nature-based poem. Leading the class are the award-winning and widely published poets Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, M.A., and Johnnie Clemens May, M.A., M.F.A., who have a combined experience of 50 years teaching creative writing. Participants should bring pen, pencil and notebook or journal. Limit 10.

Interested in more writing classes? Check out Memoir Writing: What's Your Story? on February 4.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Paper Clay Sculpting
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of paper clay sculpting. Learn how to build a supportive armature to hold clay in a lifelike cactus shape. Apply clay to the form, sculpt it to your satisfaction, and then learn acrylic painting and wood staining techniques. Watch your cactus gain realistic depth as you paint, colorize, shade, highlight and add dimensional pieces. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.

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Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Clay Wall Pocket
Regular Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Monday and Wednesday | March 4, 6 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Clay wall pockets are a beautiful and functional way to add color and flair to an indoor or outdoor space. Learn to create these handy receptacles for seasonal or year-round plant arrangements. In the first class, participants will form and manipulate the air-dried clay by adding different textures and shapes to create their hanging wall pocket. In the second class, focus on coloring to define the texture. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

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Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 4, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Flower Arrangements in Fabric
Regular Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Monday | March 11 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cross-pollinate artistic mediums as you cut up colorful fabric creations by Jane Sassaman and rearrange the pieces into a vase of flowers. Create your masterpiece with color and pattern in mind. Participants should bring smalll to medium sized, sharp scissors and iron. Instructed by Amanda Jeffrey. Limit 8.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Felted Eggs
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday | March 24 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Refresh your Easter décor with some handmade felt eggs. Cover the basic felting techniques needed to create the oval shape and incorporate spring colors. Beginners and intermediate students will then learn to design spring floral designs onto the eggs. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Mosaic Butterfly
Regular Price: $163.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Sunday | March 24 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mosaic tiles are the perfect medium to match the color of butterfly wings. Create a beautiful mosaic 9x9-inch butterfly that can be hung on a wall or put on a stand. Use stained glass, metal, tiles, beads, cabachons, gems and chain to create an elaborate design. Beads, sand and glitter help tie it all together. Instructed by Morrine Maltzman. Limit 15.

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Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 11:00AM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Vegetable Leaf Bowls
Regular Price: $112.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Monday and Wednesday | April 1, 3 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Make a container that's a perfect complement to your favorite produce. Handcraft bowls, using lightweight clay. Learn how to sculpt and form elements, incorporate and apply color. Once the elements are finished, you will use a variety of vegetable leaves to imprint to create texture to your bowls. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Painting with Music
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 1 - 5 p.m.

Spend an afternoon experimenting with the ways that music can help us express our inner worlds in paint and color. Painters of all levels experience rhythms and sounds while exploring color, texture and mark-making in a free-flowing, no-rules style of painting with opaque watercolor, or gouache. Participants should bring any favorite paintbrushes for water media. Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Garden Gazing Ball
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Monday and Wednesday | April 8, 10 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sometimes called yard globes, gazing balls create focal points in any yard as their shiny surfaces reflect their natural surrounds. Learn to customize and mount a ball of your choice on a pedestal and discuss the right placement for your backyard. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Date Palm Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Sunday | April 14 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The date palm's fruit can be lashed onto the rim of a gourd, added as a couching detail to the body of a gourd, or woven through a cut out portion to create a basket weave pattern. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn all three techniques on one gourd. Desert pods will be added to create a unique focal point. Participants should bring a heat tool (if you have one), pruners, an old towel and a bucket. Participants will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Bird Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Wednesday | April 17 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Untangle your cluttered mind with the easy-to learn, relaxing patterns of the Zentangle drawing method. Feel an increase in focus and creativity as doodling stylized shapes provides artistic satisfaction and a greater sense of well-being. Learn how to draw desert birds, using watercolor or colored pencils in the Zentangle method. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

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Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Floral Watercolors
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Wednesday | April 17 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you want to paint a simple poppy petal or an ornate rose blossom, flowers are some of the most flexible and rewarding subjects for watercolors. They also happen to be art instructor Rachel Eskandari's specialty. Learn to paint loose blooming watercolor bouquets with a wet into wet technique, perfect for expressing the beauty of spring. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Colored Pencils
Regular Price: $203.00
Member Price: $163.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Introduction to Colored Pencils and Drawing Pollinators as a package through March 11 and receive a 20 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.
Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

Introduction to Colored Pencils
Monday and Wednesday | April 29, May 1 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning and intermediate students who wish to learn or improve their drawing skills. Students will work on exercises and techniques and then apply their new skills.

Drawing Pollinators
Wednesdays | May 8, 15, 22 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pollinators pop with many of the same colors as the flowers they call food. Explore the various colors and textures of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies using colored pencil techniques, including stippling, hatching, layering and grisaille. Use these techniques to achieve rich, luminous depth to your drawings. Click here for additional required materials.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Introduction to Colored Pencils
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Monday and Wednesday | April 29, May 1 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning and intermediate students who wish to learn or improve their drawing skills. Students will work on exercises and techniques and then apply their new skills. A set of 12 Prismacolor colored pencils and erasers is included in the price. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
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Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Drawing Pollinators
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Wednesdays | May 8, 15, 22 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pollinators pop with many of the same colors as the flowers they call food. Explore the various colors and textures of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies using colored pencil techniques, including stippling, hatching, layering and grisaille. Use these techniques to achieve rich, luminous depth to your drawings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 8, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Alcohol Ink Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Wednesday and Saturday | May 1, 4
Wednesday | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Saturday | 2 - 4 p.m.


Let your creativity flow with alcohol inks as you make a fun and easy print. In this two-session class, learn how to freeform using basic 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.

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Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 1, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Wire-Wrapped Necklace
Regular Price: $122.00
Member Price: $98.00
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Monday and Thursday | May 6, 9 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to turn polished stone shapes and natural elements like cholla into a custom necklace suited to your personal style. Master techniques for wrapping wires around your stone cabochons, then put them together into a wearable, finished piece. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

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Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 6, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Gourd Doll
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m

Create your own original gourd doll through the use of ordinary gourds and stylish embellishments. Learn how to attach gourds and choose from several finishes to decorate the gourd body and head. Participants will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Love a Garden
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Those who love gardens often love to create lovely pieces of art. This class combines many mixed media techniques to produce a piece celebrating the garden theme. Learn methods of collaging, stenciling, applying acrylic paint, using high lights and low lights, basic design and visual flow. Class time includes an hour for lunch. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Burlap Wreath
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Transform scraps of burlap into a rustic wreath that makes a perfect, ruffly mount for flowers and other natural elements. Lynn Reves gives step-by-step instructions for fitting your burlap material on a wire ring, and guides you through personal customizations suited to your home or yard décor. Limit 12.

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Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Desert Mosaic Tabletop
Regular Price: $248.00
Member Price: $198.00
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Wednesday | May 22 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Express your artistic side as you create a lasting, beautiful surface for your next meal or craft project. Go through all the steps of making a desert-inspired table top using colorful stained glass and glass tiles. The custom table base is constructed out of metal and measures 14x14-inches wide and 21 inches tall. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.

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Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 22, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (11 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.

 
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.

The Secret Lives of Dogs
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

It is estimated that more than five million dogs enter animal shelters each year in the United States. Dr. Lisa Gunter will discuss new research from the Canine Science Collaboratory that explores the canine experience in the shelter, what we can do to reduce stress for these dogs, and how we can help owners after adoption. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Gems and Minerals of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 2 - 4 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 Amy Englebright. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Magic of Mushrooms
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There's much ado about mushrooms. Some are delicious, some are deadly, and some are intoxicating. Join us for a discussion of a wide variety of fungal species, including the death cap and fly agaric mushrooms, coffee rust, hallucination-inducing ergot and chocolate-eating mushrooms. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat, from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018 - 2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Are We Alone?
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Recent discoveries of thousands of planets have put new focus on the age-old question, "Are we alone in the Universe?" Does extra-terrestrial intelligence exist, and how and where can we find it? Dr. Per Aannestad, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, discusses these questions in the context of our own 100 billion- star galaxy, emphasizing our improved knowledge and the many factors that are still unknown. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Birding 101
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations. The field experience will help participants find birds, as well as develop a vocabulary of field marks for identification. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Birding: Bills, Behaviors and Diet
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday | Feb. 7, 9
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)


Successful bird-watching takes more than guesswork and luck. Give your birding life wings with a deeper understanding of anatomy and behavior. Start predicting specific bird movements by finding the seeds, fruit, nuts or prey suited to each bird's bill. Then learn to look and listen for their many behaviors-noisy, silent, shy, bold, solitary, communal, active or sedentary. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Birding: Environment and Families
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday and Saturday | Feb. 19, 23
Tuesday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)


Make birding an immersive practice by gaining knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Arizona's habitats include low desert to high elevation tundra, rivers, urban and rural spaces and transition zones. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in these areas, including seasonal migration fluctuations. The field experience will focus on habitats birds frequently occupy. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Memoir Writing: What's Your Story
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Mondays | Feb. 4, 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the secrets and joys of putting your personal journey to paper. In this class, discover how to capture your memories in words, and help people make sense of, and even find meaning and solidarity in, the key moments in your life. Instructed by Barbara Geis. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Desert Edibles
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Join Kelly Athena for an ethnobotanical tour through Sonoran Desert bean trees, including mesquite, paloverde and ironwood. Learn how to identify them, harvest their buds, blossoms, and beans, and prepare and store them. You will also receive recipes on how to use the beans as edamame, sprouts, snacks and tea. Dress comfortably, some walking in the Garden. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (3 AVAIL)

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The complex landscapes of Arizona are geologically quite young, but they reveal rocks and fossils that record a history of almost two billion years. Explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, Mogollon Rim and the low deserts. Instructed by Dr. Steven Semken of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Afternoon Flights: Birds and Wines
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

Take a leisurely stroll around the Garden observing the birds as they slip into their nighttime routines, and discussing the species seen and their behaviors. Then settle into an indulgent human nighttime routine-enjoying a flight of wines and cheeses while discussing the birds and their nighttime strategies. Students must be 21+, and are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Arizona Snakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Slither into this class focused on the Sonoran Desert's more singular snake species. Discuss the roles these serpents play in the overall ecological landscape and how they are vital to our desert ecosystem-including some information about the newly discovered role rattlesnakes play in seed dispersal. Instructed by Jeff Meyers, Arizona Game and Fish Department Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Scene of the Crime
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | March 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Dr. Ken Sweat as he examines the use of plants and traditionally related organisms as evidence in criminal investigations. Beginning with the wood grain of the ladder left at the scene of the Lindberg baby kidnapping, and continuing into modern genetics-based case studies, review how plant evidence has solved past crimes and will help future investigators prosecute the guilty and free the innocent. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Insects of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | March 24 | 1 - 3 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is full of six-legged critters that we might find creepy, but that we would surely miss if they disappeared. From the wood-recycling desert cockroach to the singing cicada and hardworking pollinators, discover the insects that keep our desert ecosystem thriving. Join Dr. Carl Olson as he debunks bug myths and highlights the benefits of these desert insects. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Pleasant Valley War
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Mondays | March 25, April 1 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Drawing from his recently published book "Valley of the Guns: The Pleasant Valley War and the Trauma of Violence," Eduardo Pagán shares the true story of the fabled "Pleasant Valley War," also known as the "Graham-Tewksbury Feud," which raged in northern Arizona from 1881 to 1887, and then reached its conclusion in Tempe in 1892. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 25, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Hummingbirds
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | March 31 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Learn about the dozen-plus species of hummingbirds found in Arizona, where to find them and the anatomy of a hummingbird feather. We will spend time in the Garden looking for hummingbirds and unusual migrants. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 31, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

Javelina
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | April 1 | 6 - 8 p.m.

While piggish in appearance, javelina are actually members of the peccary family, a native group of hoofed mammals. Learn about their natural history, habitats, features and behaviors from Jeff Meyers of Arizona Game and Fish. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Water in Arizona: Past, Present and Future
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 3 | 6 - 8 pm.

Water is Arizona's most precious resource, yet few people know where their water comes from, how its quality is assured or how secure future water supplies are for the state's 6 million residents. We face very serious water supply sustainability challenges in the coming decades. Who loses out when there is a shortage? Who has priority? Who makes these decisions about our water future? Instructed by Paul Hirt of Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 3, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Birding by Ear
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Friday | April 5 | 7 - 10 a.m.

Dusk and dawn draw the songs out of mockingbirds, grackles and warblers, but singing is just one aspect of these birds' daily communication repertoire. Not all birds sing, but most have vocalizations and other techniques for making themselves heard. This class will discuss bird sound anatomy, the variety of noises and melodies we hear locally, and tips about how to start listening. A walk in the Garden to hear these songs will be included. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Apr 5, 2019 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

Iconic Ironwood Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | April 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The iconic ironwood tree is considered a foundation plant in the Sonoran Desert due to its great ecological importance. Learn which animals depend on the desert ironwood for food and shelter, and which plants grow under its shady, protective canopy. Plus, discover how the indigenous groups of the Southwest and Mexico used the ironwood as a source of food, medicine and building materials. Instructed by Raul Puente-Martinez, curator of living collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Butterflies of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Our desert plants and produce support with their leaves, nectar and pollen a fascinatingly diverse and colorful community of butterflies and other insects. Flutter into this class that explores the natural history of some of the most common and fascinating butterflies found in Arizona. Take a walk along the trails observing and identifying butterflies and their caterpillars with Dr. Ron Rutowski from ASU's School of Life Sciences. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Northern Lights
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 10 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The northern lights-the aurora borealis-is a stunning and colorful natural phenomenon that we have only recently begun to understand. Learn about the changing explanations for this natural 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 Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Four Corners
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | April 14 | 10 a.m. - Noon

The Four Corners region, where Arizona meets Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, allows for an unmatched convergence of ancient and contemporary cultures, spiritual beliefs and histories. Learn about the landscape's extensive geological and cultural transformation contributed by prehistoric civilization advancements, Native American customs and centuries of conflict and cooperation, the Navajo Long Walk, Mormon settlement, American farming and ranching, and the World War II Code Talkers. Not to mention the cultural and economic impacts of Southwestern tourism created by the Santa Fe Railway, The Fred Harvey Company, and movie making at Monument Valley. Instructed by Jim Turner, historian. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Birds' Nests and Eggs
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | April 17 | 7 - 10 a.m.

In this interactive class, including a stroll around the Garden to look for evidence, we will review the variety of nest styles and techniques, nest building and maintenance, the amazing anatomy of eggs, and how baby birds "know" when it's time to hatch. In addition to a visual presentation, Kathe Anderson has some different nests, including hummingbird nests, to handle and examine. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

California Condors
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | April 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

California condors are the largest flying birds in North America with wingspans measuring up to nine and a half feet. Learn all about these fascinating, elusive giants, the causes of population decline, and the efforts to bring them back from the brink of extinction. Instructed by Jeff Meyers of Arizona Game and Fish. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

History Detectives: Stories of the Southwest
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Mondays | April 29, May 6 | 6 - 8 p.m.

As a host on the PBS series "History Detectives," Eduardo Pagán investigated many stories that focused on the history of Arizona and the West. Hear Pagán share behind-the-scenes details from a few of those stories, including the Coronado Expedition, Navajo rug weaving, Pancho Villa's raid on the United States, and the famed Country Western group Sons of the Pioneers. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Sleep and Dreaming
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | May 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Is sleep a "criminal waste of time," as Thomas Edison said, or is it "your lover, your opiate, your oblivion," as Audrey Niffenegger declares? In this class, we will explore something we usually take for granted: sleep. Then we look at the party that occurs when the boss, rational thinking, is gone: dreaming! Instructed by Dr. Lynda Mae from Arizona State University's Department of Psychology. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Desert Tortoise
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | May 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Take a break from modern life's fast pace to learn about the life history of the fascinating Sonoran Desert tortoises, relics 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 Jeff Meyers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Roadrunners and Cuckoos
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 7 - 10 a.m.

Beep, beep. Stop in and catch up with desert roadrunners, one of the most charismatic and energetic birds in the Sonoran Desert. We will explore their ecology, diet and nesting habitats, paying special attention to the conservation needs of the yellow-billed cuckoo. A walk in the Garden to observe roadrunners is included. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (12 AVAIL)

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   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.

 
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.

Montezuma Castle and Well
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Friday | Feb. 8 | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Montezuma Castle, a towering 20-room dwelling carved into a limestone cliffside, tells the story of the innovative and hardy Sinagua people who once lived there. Join archaeologist Matt Guebard on a private tour of this ancient archaeological site and hear the history of the 14th-century dwelling and the culture that created this significant monument. Then head to Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole that supports a variety of unique species not found anywhere else in the world. Guebard will share with you the current science and research taking place today at Montezuma Castle and Well. The hike to Montezuma Castle is approximately one-quarter mile on an easy paved trail. The hike to Montezuma Well has a series of stairs to climb. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fees and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 7:30AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

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


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

Three-day trip includes:
  • Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Professional guide services
  • Transportation to all group activities
  • Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages​
Not included:
  • Transporation to and from Willcox
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 11:30AM   WAIT LIST

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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More than an architectural marvel, Tovrea Castle boasts must-see gardens containing more than 5,000 cacti of 100 plus varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society lead a tour of the castle main floor and basement, then a Garden guide gives a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, pants and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday l Feb. 8 l 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Tour includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 10:15 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 10:30AM - 12:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Deer Valley Petroglyph Tour
Regular Price: $76.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Friday | March 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve on a private guided tour, taking an in-depth look at the preserve, the Adobe Dam project and the 1,500 petroglyphs on site. This tour provides a historical perspective on the importance of the site to prehistoric cultures of Arizona between 500 and 7,000 years ago. Be transported back in time to catch a glimpse of an ancient people, and explore the many interpretations of their rock art. Price includes entrance fees, Garden guide and picnic lunch. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Mar 29, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip
Regular Price: $236.00
Member Price: $189.00
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Friday | April 12 | 5 - 10 a.m.

Join us for the unique experience of floating down the Lower Salt River. This relaxing trip allows participants to experience a desert sunrise against the backdrop of the rugged terrain, and learn about the cultural and natural history of a rare ecosystem. Price includes light breakfast, round-trip transportation, professional guides, river raft and safety gear. Transportation from the Garden departs at 5 a.m. and returns at 10 a.m. Limit 16.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Apr 12, 2019 5:00AM - 10:00AM   (16 AVAIL)

Explore Aravaipa Canyon
Regular Price: $1,124.00
Member Price: $899.00
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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

Explore Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $1,194.00
Member Price: $955.00
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register for this program by May 1 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Members: $955 | General Public: $1,194
Offer expires on May 2, subject to availability.

Saturday - Monday | September 14 - 16
Regular price: 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   (12 AVAIL)

Mexico: Monarch Migration, Gardens and Heritage
Regular Price: $2,999.00
Online Sale Price: $2,799.00
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register through May 1 and receive a $200 discount. Rates do not include airfare.

EARLY BIRD RATE: $2,799 | AFTER MAY 1: $2,999
Price for double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $325.

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
Session Winter 2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 - Sun, Feb 23, 2020 7:00AM - 5:00PM   (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.