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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.

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 Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays / April 1 - 29 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and sequencing of installation. In this five-week program, our experts will guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students will have the opportunity to work in a real-life scenario and will learn how to install:

• Earthworks
• Drip irrigation system
• Desert plants
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 - Sat, Apr 29, 2017 8:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / April 4 - June 6 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude in diverse areas such as soil sciences, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices in landscape management and installation. In this 20-hour program, students learn crucial concepts to design landscapes that are resilient, long-lasting and use resources wisely. Students will learn:

• Desert soils
• Water harvesting
• Water management
• Irrigation
• Sustainable maintenance
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 - Tue, Jun 6, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / June 20 - August 22 / 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 will learn critical concepts of plant structures and functions, with an emphasis on how they relate to desert landscapes.

Students will learn about:
  • Desert Ecology
  • Plant Classification
  • Features and Structures
  • Plant Functions
  • Growth and Reproduction
  • Adaptations
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 - Mon, Aug 21, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (4 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.