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.
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.

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays l Jan. 8 - March 19 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are redesigning an existing landscape or creating a brand new design, it is vital to have sustainability in mind and make use of rainwater and green building materials. Gain practical knowledge of desert soils, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices to start creating more resilient and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces. Garden experts offer hands-on lessons covering water harvesting and irrigation in real-life landscaping scenarios that empower students to do it on their own with confidence.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 - Tue, Mar 19, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays l Jan. 10 - March 21 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 - Thu, Mar 21, 2019 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Landscape Installation 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.
  • Planting and Maintenance Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays l Jan. 12 - Feb. 9 l 8 a.m. - Noon

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and the proper sequence of installation. In this five-week program, our experts guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students have the opportunity to install a landscape with Habitat for Humanity. Learn how to install earthworks, irrigation systems and plants.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 - Sat, Feb 9, 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (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.