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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
 
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or wanting to increase your knowledge, the Garden provides classes that will give you the necessary skills to become a successful low-desert gardener. Landscape and gardening programs cover an array of topics including vegetable gardening, pruning, desert plants, container gardening, sustainable practices and landscape design. Many of the classes are supported with hands-on investigative learning and taught by professionals in the field.

Aromatherapy Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Discover the 10 best aromatherapy plants that even beginner gardeners can grow. Learn the many therapeutic uses of these plants as well as how to grow, maintain and harvest them. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Berry Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 2 - 4 p.m.

There is nothing like fresh, mouth-watering berries picked from your own garden. Blackberries, strawberries and even blueberries can be grown in our arid climate. Learn about site selection, soil and irrigation requirements, suitable varieties and other tips and techniques for growing these delicious, juicy fruits at home. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Maximize Your Curb Appeal
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Sept. 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you want to sell your home, have recently moved into a new house or simply want a new look, improving the attractiveness of your landscape from the street provides many benefits. This class will present design ideas to improve the curb appeal of your property, including specific plant recommendations. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Imagine picking fresh vegetables from your garden for dinner. Fall is a rewarding time for gardeners to plant and harvest fresh vegetables. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time to plant them. Explore soil preparation, raised beds, container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the 10 basic steps and planting times according to local calendars to help you add fresh vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Small Cacti for Small Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / Sept. 30 / 9 - 11 a.m.

The cactus family includes many plants that do well on small patios or in garden beds and often produce showy flowers. In this class, learn how to select these unique species and understand their soil, potting, watering and sunlight requirements. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 30, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (5 AVAIL)

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Sept. 30 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you already have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works or make simple repairs, this class is for you. Familiarize yourself with all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers. Learn how to maintain systems for peak efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.

Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 30, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Sustainable Water Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Oct. 1 / 2 - 4 p.m.

With challenging soils, limited space and intense summer heat, gardening can seem daunting in the desert, but new growing technologies promise to produce plenty of food in small, easy-to-manage spaces. This introductory class navigates the exploding world of hydroponics, aquaponics, ponds, rooftop gardening and more. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / Oct. 1 / 2 - 5 p.m.

Learn the basics of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, functional and attractive. This class will cover the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Pruning demonstration and take-home materials included. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist. Limit 25.
Session Fall 2017 - Session B: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM   WAIT LIST

Fall Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 3 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic fall vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to plant! Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Natural Mosquito Control
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / October 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover what types of plants can be grown to discourage unwelcome mosquitoes and how to entice the natural enemies into your garden. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes, Garden horticulturist. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how to design an efficient drip irrigation system that will function well as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. This class covers how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.

Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Growing Cacti from Seed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / Oct. 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Growing cactus plants from seed is rewarding, requires patience and an observant eye. Join Doug Dawson as he shares his many years of seed growing to learn the details to create successful germination. Learn a technique he has developed for amateurs without greenhouses, or those with limited time and space, using the red cup method. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bees are important pollinators, transferring large amounts of pollen from flower to flower as they forage for nectar. Without them, we would not have the abundance of food crops we all depend on. Discover the basics of beekeeping in your own garden, including how and where to buy honeybees, construct hives and harvest honey. Beekeper Dan Punch explains the step-by-step process of raising honeybees as a hobby. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Fairy Birdcage Garden
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to build a fairy garden inside a decorative birdcage. Lynn Reves guides you through a step-by-step process of construction and layering of planting materials for a one-of-a-kind tiny garden. Participants create their own succulent fairy garden to take home. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories, such as fairy figurines, houses, furniture, garden tools, toys and special mementos. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 2 - 4 p.m.

This class covers the differences, advantages and disadvantages to both raised or ground-level garden beds and helps you make the best choice for your garden. Discuss different construction materials, designs and soil mixes. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / Oct. 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and helps you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design.


Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

In this interactive program, learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3-D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Introduction to Permaculture
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discuss the principles of permaculture-simulating the patterns and characteristics of natural ecosystems-and how they can be applied to desert living. Topics include broad-scale site design, pattern recognition, structures, rainwater harvesting, and urban and community strategies. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Cultivating Desert Roses: Adeniums
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Often called desert roses, plants in the Adenium genus are popular container plants because of their sculptural qualities and beautiful flowers. They are easy to grow and fast-growing if you tend to their basic horticultural needs. Join Mark Dimmitt, plant breeder specializing in Adenium, as he discusses their care, watering, light requirements, fertilization, overwintering and more. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Creating Healthy Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

There is a demand for our landscapes to be not only beautiful and functional, but also beneficial for humans and other life forms. This class discusses key ecological concepts such as bioregionalism, soil food webs, resource cycles, plant communities, wildlife habitat and how to apply them to your garden to create a healthy landscape. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor goes over each phase of design and assigns relevant exercises. You can use your own garden for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

Series instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 15.

This interactive, studio-format program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space, using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.
Session Fall 2017 - Session B: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor walks you through each phase of design and assigns relevant exercises. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

Series instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 15.

This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan in a studio format. You will be guided through appropriate methods and sequence of installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.

Best Bulbs for Desert Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Oct. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bulbs supply some of the most exquisite notes and seasonal surprises in a garden, and many species live happily in dry, hot conditions, shady areas or containers. There are bulbs that bloom in almost every month of the year. Discover which bulbs to plant and where to buy them, plus soil, watering and exposure requirements. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / Oct. 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design.

Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using more advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan and modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.​

Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Landscape Lighting
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lighting is especially valuable in the desert during long, hot summers when the most comfortable time to enjoy and view your landscape is after sunset. This class focuses on designing and engineering affordable, energy-efficient functional lighting that creates visually dramatic effects. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Meditation Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Nov. 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A garden is a natural place for meditation and tranquility. Meditation gardens are designed to engage all five senses and remind you to be present in the moment. In this class, discuss how to create and design your own meditation garden. Participants will create a diagram with elements that engage and relax their senses. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Artisanal Flowers
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Monday and Tuesday / Nov. 6 and 7 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the background and future of our national cut floral industry with award-winning Slow Flowers Movement leader Debra Prinzing. Learn to grow trending botanicals from an Arizona flower farmer and design with local blooms. Floral artist Morgan Anderson, Ph.D. reviews the design process to assist in the step-by-step creation of your artisan botanical design to take and enjoy. All materials included. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pine Cone Wreath
Regular Price: $72.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Thursday / Nov. 9 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Handcraft your own holiday decoration or handmade gift by creating a pinecone wreath. Lynn Reves shows how to create a stunning wreath using pinecones and other dried, desert materials. This wreath will make a statement adorning your front door this fall and holiday season. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Container Gardening: Ornamentals
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of container gardening for patio and garden accents. Learn to consider plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements that will add beauty and attract hummingbirds and other wildlife. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agavaceae collections manager at the Garden. Container and plant will be provided for students to take home. Limit 20
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Nov. 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Herbs have been grown in gardens for centuries and are prized for their flavor, fragrance and beauty. Explore the stories behind herbs, and their use throughout history and in the present day. This class will also cover the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pollinator Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / Nov. 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Attracting pollinators to your garden is both enchanting and beneficial. Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and fascinating hummingbirds to your garden! Carol Stuttard will share tips about specific plants and their care. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Strange Succulents for Unique Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Intrigued by succulents and ready to go beyond aloes, agaves and yuccas? In this class, look at the many strange succulents suited to our desert climate, such as Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Euphorbia, Haworthia, Gasteria and Stapelia. Discuss plant placement, frost protection and watering requirements. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

The Art of Watering
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Watering is the most important task in a desert landscape, but most watering schedules are not based on the different needs of plants and specific microclimates and soils. Learn a simple process that will help you determine how and when to provide the proper amounts of water. Landscape architect Jack Gilcrest will discuss watering guidelines that will improve your garden's health and reduce water use. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

Photographing Birds: In the Field
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to photograph birds in the field. We will help you test new skills and techniques learned in Photographing Birds: An Introduction session and provide additional guidance for more experienced bird photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program and transportation is not included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 5:30PM - 7:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Photography 101
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 2 - 6 p.m.

Photography 101 is for beginners and intermediate photo enthusiasts with a DSLR camera who want to know where to manage their camera settings. Tracy Battaglia guides you through exercises to discover how aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the three basic pillars to master your photography skills. Understanding these elements, their function and how they work together is important to achieve your photography goals. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Tracy Battaglia. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 2:00PM - 6:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Continue building your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / Sept. 26 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Enhance your editing and organizing skills using the more advanced Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Go beyond quick fixes and use the Editor workspace for advanced editing. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take images to the next level. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Motion Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / Oct. 1 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join nature photographer Joanne West and discover how to capture motion in your photos. Discuss basic shooting techniques for freezing action, creating blur and how to deal with moving subjects creatively. Examine the importance of focus, shutter speeds and how proper equipment is essential for taking great action shots. This class is open to all digital camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday / Oct. 2 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Superstition Mountains are packed with legend, history and intrigue. In this class, learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from the detailed mechanics of using your digital camera, to exposure, and composing the perfect shot. While this class is open to all camera owners, it is most appropriate for digital cameras. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 2, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $174.00
Member Price: $139.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 4 / 3 - 8 p.m.

Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images of the Superstition Mountains. We will first visit the museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range, then photograph it at sunset, with a full moon emerging behind the Superstitions. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 3:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 3 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Continue building your editing skills using Adobe Photoshop Elements to produce attractive photos and share your stories in sophisticated creations for both print and web. Focus on how to fine-tune your images, fix exposure problems and add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 4 / 6 - 9 p.m.

The beauty of moonlit nights and the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers and provides hands-on guidance. Participants use creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations to create beautiful photographs. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Abstract Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A whole new world of photography, creativity and fun opens up when you break the boundaries of traditional imagery and explore photographing abstracts. Abstract photography is all about taking everyday objects and transforming them into something creative and mostly unrecognizable. Learn how to use macro lenses, depth of field, motion blur, patterning, edges, composition techniques and more to design images that are artistic, ethereal and unique. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 12 - 4 p.m.

Creating a successful photograph starts with understanding how your camera works-the different features, functions and general set-up. Discover how to create a "properly" exposed photograph by balancing the influences of shutter speeds, apertures and ISO. We will also take a walk in the Garden so students can explore their newly acquired skills. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Autumn presents photographers with vibrant colors that transform nature into a tapestry of reds, yellows and golds. This class gives you the knowledge and tools necessary to produce beautiful images. Topics include mastering exposure to achieve maximum color, composition and design, and how to get the most from your camera, lenses and filters. This class is open to all digital camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Capturing Fall in the Field
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to explore how to photograph the majestic colors of fall. This trip expands upon Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction, providing additional guidance for more experienced photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, it is best suited to those owning a DSLR camera. This is an offsite program and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 7:30AM - 5:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy® smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs right in the palm of your hand. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy S5-S8 smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed and Instagram apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Wildlife Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 3 - 7 p.m.

How can we think differently about nature and wildlife photography? Photographer Lisa Langell shares inspirational thoughts, guidance and techniques regarding the purpose, composition and inspiration behind how and why we photograph nature. Through fun, engaging activities, she guides you on how to think about photographing wildlife in more creative, purposeful, artistic and fulfilling ways. This class is for anyone with a camera and a love for nature. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 3:00PM - 7:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 12 - 3:30 p.m.

Establishing a correct exposure involves much more than simply setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This class will examine your camera's various shooting modes and why different metering systems can be used to produce better results under varying conditions. Discuss how to ensure the accuracy of every exposure using the digital camera's histograms and highlight alert. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Students must have a working knowledge of their DSLR camera settings. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 12:00PM - 3:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017 - Session B: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever taken photos with your iPhone or iPad at night and felt dissatisfied with the outcome? Learn the essential techniques that will help you shoot better iPhone or iPad photos at night or in low light. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

HDR Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

HDR photography is a post-processing task that creates a final image closest to what the human eye sees. Join John Marino and Joanne West as they introduce aspects of HDR photography including camera settings and software to merge images. Capture photos in the Garden and then process them to render a final HDR image in the Garden's digital classroom. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera settings, especially the bracketing function. Click here for required equipment. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday / Oct. 19 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. Yet for all its importance, light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused by today's photographer. This class covers the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Mastering Exposure is a prerequisite for this class. The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Students must have a working knowledge of their DSLR camera settings. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Starry Skies
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Friday / Oct. 20 / 5 - 9 p.m.

Taking pictures at night is a challenging and rewarding kind of photography that requires a new level of skill. Joanne West and John Marino will show you how to photograph landscapes under starry skies. Learn techniques to shoot night scenes with perfectly focused stars and interesting foregrounds, then head into the Garden for a night shoot with hands-on instruction. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Fri, Oct 20, 2017 5:00PM - 9:00PM   WAIT LIST

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 24 / 7 - 10 a.m.

Photographing butterflies is an art form filled with both opportunities and challenges. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion with its collection of beautiful butterflies. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 7:00AM - 10:00AM   (7 AVAIL)

Portrait Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday / Nov. 1 / 5 - 8 p.m.

Since the advent of photography, humans have been a common subject for artistic photography. Capturing an expression or mood and framing it perfectly in a natural setting can be both challenging and rewarding. Although the common problems associated with long exposures have vanished with modern cameras, there are still tricks of the trade utilized to create iconic portraits of your favorite people. This class is open to all digital camera owners. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Nov 1, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday / Nov. 2 / 6 - 9 p.m.

For many, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Examine the rules for composing a photograph and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod, cable or remote shutter release and three to five printed photos for class discussion. Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only. Students must have a working knowledge of their DSLR camera settings. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday / Nov. 9 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn to use photo editing app Snapseed on your iPhone and iPad to enhance your snapshots into stunning images. Ashley Lowery walks you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free Snapseed app onto device before class. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

All About Honey
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Discover how honey can be used for more than just a touch of added sweetness in your culinary creations with Chef Monica O'Brien. Learn how to make citrus salad with orange-blossom honey vinaigrette, and honey and miso-glazed salmon filet. Experience the delightful taste of roasted red bliss potatoes with gorgonzola, pecans and honey drizzled on top. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

One-Pot Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Dining out can be unhealthy and expensive, but you don't need to work hard for simple, delicious meals at home. Chef Jason Wyrick, a busy chef and father, teaches you the art of making hearty, healthy one-pot meals that freeze well and make great leftovers. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Curious About Curry
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Sept. 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Curry dishes are a favorite in Indian cuisine, with deep and savory flavors coming from aromatic spice blends. Learn the secrets of how to create healthy and delicious North and South Indian curries using a blend of fragrant spices, nuts and fruits. To finish, calm your taste buds by learning how to prepare kheer, a simple sweet dish made using milk and basmati rice, garnished with nuts, spices or raisins. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Southwest Fall Flavors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor to your fall dinners with Southwestern cooking inspiration. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates quinoa and goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, roasted turkey breast with dried cherry salsa, chorizo and cornbread dressing, and flourless chocolate cake with cherry-chipotle whipped cream. This menu is sure to add flair to your fall table. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Southwest Botanicals
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Be inspired by native botanicals and learn how to blend your very own aromatic spritzers and body scrubs. Use desert sage, piÃÆ'Ã'±on, juniper and more to make your very own personally blended southwest aromatic spritzer. All materials included. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR
Saturday / Oct. 14 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Just as the body needs exercise, brains need a workout too. Recent studies suggest that "use it or lose it" is good advice for brain fitness, but crossword puzzles and computer games are not enough for those who aim to stay sharp and age well. This class offers proven brain training strategies to boost memory, motivation and vitality. Focus on five key brain areas that need exercise and the fun and fulfilling activities that work them. Leave the program with a Personal Neuroplasticity Plan to help your brain get better with age. Class includes a copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tamales exemplify the culture and tradition that shaped modern Mexican cuisine. To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of family gatherings and fall in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare the delicious masa, meats and sauces that bring tamales to life. This class is demonstration only. No vegetarian option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.

Healthy Beans
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Natural foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz teaches the basics of preparing beans as a wonderful way to add high quality, plant-based protein to your diet. Learn soaking, pureeing, sprouting and cooking methods on how to prepare beans efficiently and deliciously. Eating a diet rich in beans provides high amounts of iron, B vitamins and fiber, and can be prepared in many versatile dishes. This class is demonstration only. Recipes demonstrated are vegan and gluten free. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Cooking for the Week
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cooking a home-prepared meal is a positive step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Culinary planning is essential in preparing different meals that will last the week. Join chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she shares great tips and recipes on how to create healthful meals for the week, with the bulk of your preparation done in one day. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Healthy Casseroles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Oct. 14 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Casseroles make a great weeknight dinner or the perfect dish to bring for a friendly gathering. Learn how to lighten up your favorite casseroles without sacrificing flavor. From baked pastas to chicken and vegetables, these easy, make-ahead recipes can be frozen and served fresh when you are ready without spending lots of time in the kitchen or leave you feeling guilty for the second helping! This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 14, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Spices
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz on a world tour of international spices. In this class, taste aromatic spice blends from around the globe, and learn to create your own blends. Plus, discover how to properly toast and grind spices to build flavor profiles to include in your culinary world. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Southwest-Inspired Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pumpkin pie is a tradition at holiday meals, but sometimes it is nice to try something new with foods inspired by the southwest. Chef Maggie Norris demonstrates dessert recipes that inspire your cooking and honors the classic southwest dishes and flavors. With so many unique and decadent options, your desserts will shine. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Garlic Glory
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join chef Jason Wyrick as he demonstrates a host of recipes using garlic, the health-boosting wonder food. Whether you love garlic for its health benefits, culinary tradition or simply its taste, this class will make you love it even more! This class is demonstration only. Recipes demonstrated are vegan. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Body Butters and Scrubs
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / Dec. 9 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR
Sunday / Dec. 10 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Learn about the different types of oils that create luxurious creamy body lotions, scrubs and butters. In this class, create personalized body butters, lotions and scrubs with hands-on instruction using various natural ingredients. Learn how to package them for gifts and create unique tags just in time for the holidays. Take away recipes for different natural and preservative-free butters, scrubs and lotions so you can replicate these spa treats at home. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Art

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in mosaic, gourd art, drawing and painting, bonsai, and jewelry making.


Gourd with Teneriffe Weaving
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday / Sept. 23 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn the artful designs of teneriffe to create radiating spokes by weaving loose and colored threads in a cutout on the gourd. Vintage designs will also be available, or create your own distinctive pattern to add to your gourd. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Bird Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday / Sept. 24 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The Zentangle method of art is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction. Students learn how to draw desert birds in the Zentangle style, adding a wash of color using watercolor or colored pencils. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Mosaic Planter Pot
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesday / Sept. 27 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Why buy planting containers when you can create unique pieces yourself? Using porcelain tiles, learn the basic techniques for creating colorful containers with mosaic tiles. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Clay Garden Mandala
Regular Price: $118.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Sunday / Oct. 1 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to transform an ordinary clay saucer into a beautiful piece of garden art through the simple application of colorful paint dots. Create your own original design on a clay saucer after learning and practicing some basic patterns. You will have your own set of paint dot tools to use and then take with you to continue your newly learned art form. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Cyanotype Silk Scarves
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 12 - 3 p.m.

Create a beautiful silk charmeuse scarf using one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes--cyanotype. Participants learn how to apply botanical elements to create white impressions on the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype on a pretreated scarf. All materials included. Instructed by Laszlo Layton. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2017 - Session B: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 12:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Origami Garden
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / Oct. 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Discover the ancient Japanese art of origami, or intricate paper folding, with a modern twist. Create beautiful garden flowers and plants using colorful, imported Japanese origami papers. These origami flowers and plants make a lovely decoration or a special handmade gift. All materials included. Instructed by Doris Asano. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Wool Pumpkin
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday / Oct. 9 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the art of needle felting or expand your skills by transforming fluffs of wool and shaping them into pumpkins. Use step-by-step instructions to construct core elements for creating a pumpkin house. Learn techniques for creating a base structure, layering and color blending. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Desert Bracelet
Regular Price: $62.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / Oct. 15 / 12 - 3 p.m.

Design a unique bracelet that reflects the colors and textures of the desert. In this class, learn basic jewelry-making techniques including making your own beads, simple wire wrapping and assembling the finished bracelet using a fascinating collection of beads that you can add to your creation. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use pliers. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sun, Oct 15, 2017 12:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Succulents in Pastel
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Mondays / Oct. 16, 23 and 30 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create works that capture the delicate and subtlly colored leaves, stems and flowers of succulents, an ideal subject for pastel artwork. Explore various pastel techniques using both oil and chalk pastels, building on techniques learned in Pastels: An Introduction. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Creative Painting in the Garden
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / Oct. 17 and 18 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Capture the feeling of the moment with acrylics as you paint at the gorgeous setting of the Garden. In this class, learn brush control, composition and mixing correct colors to capture the desert. Then, head into the Garden and paint the wonderful flora and fauna in a loose, fast style of painting with acrylics. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Hummingbirds in Colored Pencils
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Wednesdays / Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hummingbirds are unrivaled in their beauty and iridescence. Explore hummingbirds using colored pencil techniques, including stippling, hatching, layering and grisaille. Use these techniques to achieve rich, luminous depth to your drawings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Wire-Wrapped Agate on Gourd
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday / Nov. 11 / 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alcohol inks can be mixed, blended or washed together to create a plethora of vibrant colors. Join Sue Brogdon as she demonstrates multiple techniques using bold colors, like dripping, outlining, stamping, painting and blending. Use these new skills to create your own gourd, then learn how to wire wrap an agate and attach it, with decorative beads covering drill holes. Click here for additional required materials. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Nov 11, 2017 9:30AM - 4:30PM   WAIT LIST

Macrame Wall Hanging
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Monday and Wednesday / Nov. 13 and 15 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to tie basic knots to create a unique macrame wall hanging that will bring light, airy texture to your space. In this class, you will weave a modern macrame wall hanging using rope strung from a mesquite branch. This woven wall hanging measures 24 x 44 inches. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Watercolor Blooms
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday / Nov. 16 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class focuses on watercolor painting a variety of desert plants including prickly pear and barrel cactus. The Garden is a perfect location to inspire your creativity. Experiment with basic watercolor techniques including color mixing, brushwork and materials. Learn how to apply your new painting skills to create a beautiful final piece on an 11 x 14 inch sheet of cold-press watercolor paper. All skill levels are welcome. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Cholla Earrings
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Dec. 2 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn how to create a unique pair of earrings from the lightweight, lacy skeletons of cholla. The woody parts of cholla are beautifully aged and students sand, stain and embellish them with beads. These earrings make a great gift for yourself or someone special for the holidays. No jewelry experience is necessary, but the project does require the ability to use pliers. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Dec 2, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Mosaic Ornaments
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Tuesday / Dec. 5 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join mosaic artist David Jarvinen as you create a set of three mosaic ornaments. Design and create your very own wreath, star and chili pepper using glass tiles on a ceramic base. These one-of-a-kind ornaments make unique gifts or decorations for your home. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Science
If you are intrigued by your environment and the living things that comprise it, explore the Garden's interactive science programs. The Garden offers classes designed to illuminate topics from Arizona geology and history to celestial objects in the desert sky. Discover the remarkable characteristics and behavior of desert animals or enjoy the history of desert people. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Arizona Lichen
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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This program has been CANCELED. Please contact registrar@dbg.org for more information.

Wednesday / Sept. 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Lichens, a diverse group of organisms that are a symbiosis between fungi and algae, are found on every continent of Earth. They come in a diversity of colors, including bright yellow, orange, pink and green as well as drab gray and black. This class examines the unique relationships of these species, diversity, and the many human uses from their survival in the harshest of environments to their uses as dyes or air pollution indicators. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Natural History of the Organ Pipe Cactus
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The iconic Organ Pipe cactus is a foundation plant found in southern Arizona and Mexico. Learn the natural history of this amazing cactus and its ecological importance to the Sonoran Desert. Plus, discover how indigenous groups used this cactus as a source of food, medicine and building materials. Instructed by Raul Puente, curator of living collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Little Bitty Gray Birds
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Thursday and Saturday / Oct. 5 & 7
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.


In Arizona, several little gray birds puzzle even experienced birders. However, these birds represent different families of birds with distinct behaviors and habitats. This interactive and investigative class features the backstory and identification of similar flycatchers, vireos, verdins, gnatcatchers and more. Then, put your new skills to use during a fieldtrip to Payson, where you should spot a variety of these little gray birds. Transportation to the fieldtrip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Oct 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Father Kino and the Spanish Missions
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / Oct. 7 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In 1692, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino drove 1,500 head of cattle to the Tohono O'odham village of Bac, where he would soon establish the mission San Xavier del Bac. From the 1680s until his death in 1711, this intrepid traveler established more than twenty missions in southern Arizona and northern Mexico, bringing not only the Catholic religion, but also metal tools, livestock and a wide variety of foods to enhance the Tohono O'odham diet. Join historian Jim Turner, as he uncovers Kino's impact on Arizona settlement and his lasting legacy of diplomacy, humanity and cultural cooperation. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Scene of the Crime
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Ken Sweat as he examines the use of plants and other organisms as evidence in criminal investigations. Beginning with the wood grain of the ladder left at the Lindberg residence and continuing into modern genetic techniques, review how plant evidence has in the past and will in the future help solve crimes, prosecute the guilty and free the innocent. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Geology of South Mountain
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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DATE HAS CHANGED TO: Saturday / Oct. 7 / 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Delve into the geological history of South Mountain with Dr. Stephen Reynolds from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discuss how South Mountain Preserve was formed over geologic time. Then, head out for an easy guided walk along one of the trails to observe and explore the park's history and geology. Participants must be able to walk over gravel and loose soil and must wear closed-toed shoes. Transportation to the fieldtrip site is not provided. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 7, 2017 10:30AM - 1:00AM   (8 AVAIL)

Biomimicry: Creations from Nature
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / Oct. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you ever wonder where ideas like Velcro and airplane wings came from? They came from observations of nature! Nature has already solved many challenges humans still face. Millions of years of natural selection and evolution among animals, plants and microbes have engineered efficient ways for them to adapt and survive. All we need to do is convert these adaptations into marketable products. This class will look at examples of biomimicry, discuss the details of biology, work in small groups to respond to different biomimicry challenges, and develop a marketing plan for your new product. Instructed by Dr. David Pearson from ASU's School of Life Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Eagles
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Oct. 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about this iconic bird as we discuss both the bald and golden eagles found in Arizona, management efforts, status, life history and identification. Students will also have an opportunity to view an eagle from Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation. Instructed by Kyle McCarty from the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Program. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Oct 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Woodpeckers
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday and Friday / Nov. 2 & 3
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Friday / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (fieldtrip)


Woodpeckers are noisy but interesting birds. How do their brains withstand the impact of the many blows they can deliver to a tree in a second? Why do some have five-inch tongues? Focusing on 10 species of woodpeckers in Arizona, we will discuss their differences, behaviors and habitats. Transportation to the fieldtrip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Insect Eye
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Nov. 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Ron Rutowski from ASU's School of Life Sciences as he takes you through a journey of the structure and operation of the eyes of insects, especially butterflies. Discuss how clearly insects perceive their world, how biologists study insect vision and the performance of insect eyes. Examine popular representations of how insects see the world and discuss a more accurate alternative. A recurrent tactic in the discussion is an explicit comparison of butterfly and human eyes and the visual perceptions of insects and humans. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

How Plants Domesticated Humans
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / Nov. 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The human species learned how to grow and use plants for food, clothing and shelter, leading to a deep relationship with plants. Examine the adaptations that this relationship has fostered between plants and humans. Starting with the roots of local agriculture, examine the human relationship with plants-how it began, where it is today, and what tomorrow might hold. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Raptor ID
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Friday and Saturday / Nov. 17 & 18
Friday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (fieldtrip)


This class provides an overview how to identify raptors not only by size and shape, but by behavior, habitat and season. You will learn the different categories of raptors, as well as unique species like osprey and northern harrier, plus turkey and black vultures. The accompanying field trip to the West Valley gives participants experience with identifying some of these species in the wild. Transportation to the fieldtrip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2017: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Travel and Adventure
The Garden offers guided travel and adventure suited to a wide variety of interests and schedules. Hike riparian habitats and mountains of southwest Arizona or enjoy the summer exploring cooler climate areas. Watch the sun rise or set as you float along the Salt River. Marvel at thousands of cranes on one of our bird-watching tours. Expand your travel portfolio and learn from experts in the field. Watch feature locations come alive when paired with our rich and diverse programming.

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / Sept. 28 / 9 - 11 a.m.

The Tovrea Castle garden contains more than 5,000 cacti of more than 100 varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society will lead the tour of the castle main floor and basement, and an expert from the Garden will lead a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden, designed by landscape architects from Japan, features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Price includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.

Sonoran Sky Tour
Regular Price: $800.00
Member Price: $699.00
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Sonoran Sky Tour
Saturday and Sunday / Oct. 21 & 22


Look to the vast Sonoran Desert skies for an exciting weekend exploring our stars and planets. Visit the world's largest collection of optical telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory and step into the shoes of an astronomer using a 32-inch Schulman (the largest publicly available telescope for night observation) to observe visible stars and planets after dark at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter. This overnight journey is sure to spark your imagination and understanding of astronomical science. Join us for this out-of-this-world experience! Participants must be able to walk at least a quarter-mile at high elevations. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 11 a.m. Limit 16.

Two-day trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Professional guide services
  • Mount Lemmon Sky Center and Kitt Peak Observatory private tours
  • Lodging
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday
  • Snacks
Not included:
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 21, 2017 - Sun, Oct 22, 2017 11:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Hohokam and Romero Ranch Archaeology
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday / Oct. 28 / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Situated at Catalina State Park just north of Tucson, Romero Ruins is a multifaceted archaeological site with both a Hohokam village dating back from 500 AD to 1450 and the remnants of Francisco Romero's ranch from the 1850s. You will be led on a private archaeological tour with park ranger Jack McCabe, who will discuss the history and lore of this historical site. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, expert guide and educational programming, entrance fees and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns by 3 p.m. Limit 14.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 8:00AM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Archaeological Investigations
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Friday / Nov. 3 / 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join archaeologist Allen Dart on a private tour to two of Tucson's premier archaeological sites. Visit the Signal Hill petroglyphs situated in the beautiful Saguaro National Park West. See dramatic petroglyphs on the south face of the hill with animal and human shapes and many geometric figures. Then visit Picture Rocks, where ancient petroglyphs include a solstice and equinox calendar marker and symbols made by the Hohokam between AD 650 and 1450. Dart will discuss the history of this important site and the cultural significance of the Hohokam people. This hike is approximately one-mile-long with minimal elevation change, but does have a slope staircase that may be moderately difficult. Participants must be able to walk unaided over loose rock and uneven surfaces. Price includes roundtrip transportation from the Garden, entrance fees, expert guide and educational programming and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. and returns by 4:30 p.m. Limit 14.
Session Fall 2017: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 6:30AM - 4:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Urban Farm Tour
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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Saturday / Nov. 18 / 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive to create an edible landscape. Visit several established and local urban farmers with a behind-the-scenes look on their interpretation and use of space to design an urban garden in the Sonoran Desert. Price includes roundtrip transportation from the Garden, expert guides and educational programming and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Limit 14.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Nov 18, 2017 7:30AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Aravaipa Canyon Field Trip
Regular Price: $274.00
Member Price: $219.00
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Friday / Dec. 1 / 5:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Explore the mysterious Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in a hike along the Aravaipa Creek. Jack Gilcrest leads the hike as he identifies and interprets plant and animal life in this forested habitat. Price includes roundtrip transportation, entrance fees, expert guides and educational programming, and lunch. Although suitable for most hikers, this is a four-mile hike with uneven footing and wading in shallow water for short distances. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 5:30 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Limit 8.


Day trip includes:
  • Entrance fee to wilderness area
  • Expert guides and educational programming
  • Lunch
Session Fall 2017: Fri, Dec 1, 2017 5:30AM - 6:00PM   WAIT LIST

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $749.00
Member Price: $599.00
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Early Bird Special: Register for Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Friday - Sunday / Jan. 26 - 28
Arrive Friday at 2 p.m. / Depart Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


Each winter thousands of sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch these majestic birds fly in to their midday resting area-one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Wine tasting at a local vineyard is included as well as a private tour of the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, dedicated to Native American cultures and histories. Explore the Rex Allen Museum, dedicated to the last singing cowboy of Western movie fame with a local guide. Prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler, and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon, lead this weekend trip. Limit 7.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Professional guide services
  • Transportation for all group activities
  • Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Not included:
  • Transportation to and from Willcox
Session Winter 2018: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 - Sun, Jan 28, 2018 2:00PM - 11:30AM   WAIT LIST

CANCELLATION POLICY

Travel and Adventure program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date minus 30% of the registration cost. 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 registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.