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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
Are you looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening? The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices.

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | April 7 - June 16 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Learn techniques for planting and maintaining desert plants. Experts discuss best practices for planting and pruning, as well as give students hands-on learning opportunities. This class is ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert. This program covers the following topics:
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Plant diagnosis
  • Abiotic disorders
  • Biotic disorders
Session Spring 2018: Sat, Apr 7, 2018 - Sat, Jun 16, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

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

Effective management of desert landscapes requires an understanding of the fundamental principles of plant biology and desert ecology. In this 20-hour program, students learn how desert plants evolved to perform their essential functions, reproduce and grow in this environment. This program covers the following topics:
  • Desert ecology
  • Plant classification
  • Plant features and functions
  • Growth and reproduction
  • Plant Adaptations
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 - Tue, Aug 28, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Design Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Desert Plant Palette Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays | April 3 - June 12 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires a firm grasp of design principles and processes. Our instructors guide students through the process of turning a dream into a functional diagram, then mapping out a preliminary design and finalizing a master plan. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:
  • Desert Plant Palette
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Spring 2018: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 - Tue, Jun 12, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (11 AVAIL)


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