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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 Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Formerly called Desert Life Forms Certificate

Thursdays / Sept. 7 - Nov. 16 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

In this program, we highlight the various plant forms that are used in urban desert landscapes. At each class, a specific plant category is discussed. Our experts share important information on selected plants and give you their tips and experience in identifying these plants in the field and ensuring their proper placement in the landscape. This class is ideal for professionals and homeowners looking to increase their plant palette when designing desert landscapes. This program includes the following desert plant groups:
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Herbaceous perennials
  • Vines
  • Ornamental grasses and bulbs
  • Agaves
  • Yuccas and their relatives
  • Cacti
  • Succulents
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Sep 7, 2017 - Thu, Nov 16, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays / Sept. 9 - Nov. 18 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn techniques for planting desert trees and other plants and caring for them over the years. Experts discuss best practices for planting and pruning, and students have the opportunity to take part in demonstrations. This class is ideal for homeowners and professionals who install and care for landscape plants in the desert. This program includes the following topics:
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Plant diagnosis
  • Abiotic disorders
  • Biotic disorders
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 9, 2017 - Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

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 / Sept. 5 - Nov. 14 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
(pre-requisites apply)

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude of design principles and processes. At each class, our experts provide guidelines on how to create and render a concept from a functional diagram to preliminary designs and a finalized master plan. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:

• Desert Plant Palette (formerly Desert Life Forms)
• Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 - Tue, Nov 14, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (17 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.