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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.

Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / Jan. 9 - March 20 / 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 learn:
  • Desert soils
  • Water harvesting
  • Water management
  • Irrigation
  • Sustainable maintenance
Session Winter 2018: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 - Tue, Mar 20, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays / Jan. 13 - Mar. 31 / 10 a.m. - 12 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
  • Ground covers
  • Succulents
Session Winter 2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 - Sat, Mar 31, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

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 / Jan. 13 - Feb. 10 / 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 Winter 2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 - Sat, Feb 10, 2018 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (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.