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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.

Herbal Tea Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / Jan. 6 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Growing plants for herbal teas can benefit your health while adding beauty and fragrance to your garden. Learn which herbs, including chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips and peppermint, are perfectly suited for tea and thrive in the desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Low-Water Use Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / Jan. 7 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn the costs and benefits of the most commonly used techniques from high-tech to low-tech. Then, build your own efficient container garden to take home! Liz Lonetti shares her experience adapting these techniques for growing vegetables in the desert. All materials included. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / Jan. 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Citrus trees are a great food source that you can grow at home. Learn how to select varieties that will ensure fresh citrus for up to nine months. We will discuss correct planting techniques and suitable locations, how to properly water and fertilize your citrus and how to protect them from diseases, insects and harsh weather. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Gardening Maintenance: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday and Thursday / Jan. 10 and 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you ever wonder if you are doing the right garden chores and maintenance at the correct time in your garden? Learn the best times to plant, prune and perform other critical maintenance tasks in your desert garden and how to plan for year-round color. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pests and diseases can cause problems in any garden. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach that relies on a combination of methods to manage and monitor problems. In this class, learn the fundamentals of IPM and how to effectively diagnose and manage problems while reducing risks to the environment. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes, horticulturist at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Garden Design
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / Jan. 11 and 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A vegetable garden does not have to be square. It could be tiers off the back porch or a raised serpentine swath of color along a walkway. Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to build an indigenous, sunken waffle bed that channels water and more. We will draw up a plan for your own edible, sustainable, accessible and beautiful garden. Get ready to think outside the box! Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Jan 11, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / Jan. 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. You will also learn how to foster survival during summer months, prune for maximum bloom and control insects. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Container Gardening: Succulents
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of growing succulents in containers for your patio and garden. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements of pots that will decorate your patio and add drama to your garden. Hands-on practice and demonstrations will be included. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of Agavaceae, Aloeaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 25.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Terrarium Gardens
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves as you create a whimsical and practical garden under glass. This class offers step-by-step instructions on how to use landscape techniques to build a garden setting. A variety of miniature plants, rocks, shells and moss will be provided to design your terrarium. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday / Jan. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A variety of culinary herbs are used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. You can grow many of these herbs in your garden and on your patio. Come learn how to grow and care for plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden! Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Gardening for Desert Tortoises
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Making a healthy habitat for a desert tortoise involves offering a wide variety of plants for both food and shelter. Growing these tortoise-friendly plants in your garden not only provides a home for your desert tortoise but also offers your garden beauty, color and interest. Christine Brehm explains how to create a plant palette for both you and your tortoise to enjoy year-round. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Container gardening adds color and fragrance to balconies, patios or any small space. Herbs are among the easiest, prettiest and most rewarding plants for pots. Learn how to grow basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, lavender, parsley, rosemary, and the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination.This class covers temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques for growing orchids, as well as varieties most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall, Desert Valley Orchid Society. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / Jan. 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees other than citrus in the low desert, when to plant and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by the New Year and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

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. Instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Tuesdays / Jan. 23 and 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Tuesdays / Feb. 6 and 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through 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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
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 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.

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.

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for both classes by the New Year and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

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. Instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 15.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Wednesdays / Jan. 24 and 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Wednesdays / Feb. 7 and 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through 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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

How to Grow a Tomato
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Jan. 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

You can grow a juicy, succulent tomato right here in the Sonoran Desert. Learn which tomatoes--determinate or indeterminate, hybrids or heirlooms--you can grow and how to harvest them. Discover the many varieties of shapely, colorful tomatoes, including pear, plum, slicer, salad and cherry. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Jan. 27 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Square-Foot Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Jan. 28 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard will guide you through this space-saving method of gardening, perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. She will discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to properly space your plants or seeds. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Vertical Vegetable Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 4 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Are you limited in gardening space? You can maximize available space, light and harvest yields by growing upwards on a small balcony or patio. In this class, we will discuss the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables, besides vines, are most appropriate for this method. We will also cover different construction and support materials, designs and soil mixes to create a vertical garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - SketchUp Landscape Design
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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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.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Sketchup: Getting Started and Sketchup: Next Steps by the New Year and receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Thursday / Feb. 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


In this interactive program, you will 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.

SketchUp: Next Steps
Thursday / Feb. 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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 finally modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday / Feb. 8 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday / Feb. 15 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 15, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Feb. 10 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The details of irrigation-controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Aloes for Desert Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 11 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Discover the many varieties of aloes--beyond Aloe vera--that are best suited to harsh desert summers. We will discuss placement, sun tolerance, frost hardiness and watering needs. Many aloes have different bloom seasons and, if properly selected, you can have something in bloom all year. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of the Agavaceae, Aloaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 11, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Sensational Salvia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 11 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Salvias comprise the largest genus of the mint family and are a popular feature of Southwestern landscapes because of their hardiness and vibrancy. Learn how to incorporate the biennials, perennials and woody shrubs of the Salvia genus for a striking and colorful addition to your garden. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 11, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Grafting Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $42.00
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Monday / Feb. 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow more fruit varieties with fewer trees by grafting or budding different varieties onto the same tree. In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard will discuss the various methods of grafting including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class will also cover collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. You will go home with a fruit tree ready to plant. Root-stock, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 12, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Great Chiles
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Feb. 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The cool days of fall are perfect for savoring the flavors of chile peppers! Fall is the time to choose the varieties you want to start from seed indoors. From the history of chiles and peppers to the vast variety available today, you will learn the secrets to growing, harvesting and using this flavorful plant. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 15, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Double Duty Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 18 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Many plants are not only beautiful, but many purify air, provide food and more. From fragrant herbs and ornamental fruits to sculptural espalier trees, discover which plants play double duty in your garden. In this class, you will discover the plants that are suitable for desert gardens and take on the roles of double duty in the landscape. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Garden Weeds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / Feb. 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you have problems with weeds in your vegetable garden? Weeds not only compete with vegetables for space, water and light, but can harbor pests and diseases. Join Carol Stuttard in identifying the most common weeds in low-desert gardens and learn how to deal with them in an environmentally sustainable manner. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Upcycled Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / Feb. 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Some of the most distinctive desert gardens are born out of modest budgets. Learn how to use recycled, salvaged and found objects to create sculptural or functional elements in your landscape. Landscape designer Erin Hutton presents creative ideas to repurpose materials and add unique personality to your garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Fuss-Free Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / Feb. 24 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Create an attractive outdoor space that does not require a lot of maintenance. Learn what plants will add welcome beauty without a lot of fuss. Pruning techniques and other helpful tips will be discussed to decrease the amount of time working in the garden and more time enjoying it. Instructed by Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Growing Herbs in Containers
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

If you are low on space, growing herbs in containers is a great way to add a culinary accent to a patio or balcony. Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in pots in a desert environment, like fragrant rosemary and flavorful basil. Then learn how you can successfully grow them in containers. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Dreamcatcher Wall Planter
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday / Feb. 26 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a little green to your space with an eye-catching dreamcatcher wall planter. You will learn how to arrange and weave hoops together to hold and display the patterns of dream spirals. You will choose from a selection of air plants and other natural elements for your dreamcatcher wall hanging suitable for indoors or outdoors. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring feathers, large beads or colorful stones. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 5:30PM - 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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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.

Water Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / Jan. 7 / 2 - 5 p.m.

Water is a perfect subject for photography. Joanne West shares with you expert photography tips for taking outstanding images of water. She then guides you to favorite spots in the Garden to practice your newfound skills as you capture the beauty of water. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Painting with Light
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 10 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Participants should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Patterns in Nature
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Did you know that you could control how your audience feels and experiences your photography through light, shade and creative composition? In this class, you will learn the quintessential compositional elements oriented toward wildlife and nature photography. Discussion will include rule of thirds, the Fibonacci sequence, leading lines, color harmony, tension, positive and negative space, journalistic photography styles, power points, post-processing concepts, and more. Open to all digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Photography 101
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 2:00PM - 6:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Nature in Winter
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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Learn how to take your photography skills to the next level. Explore the tools and techniques to photograph winter landscapes and wildlife. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by the New Year and receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6 - 8 p.m.


The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking. Join Robert McBride to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, taking advantage of the soft winter light to create images that are beautifully exposed. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual.

Nature in Winter: In the Field
Saturday / Jan. 20 / 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Explore the winter wonderland of Red Rocks of Sedona with Robert McBride. You will discover techniques on how to capture winter scenes from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. 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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking. Join Robert McBride to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, taking advantage of the soft winter light to create images that are beautifully exposed. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and muanual. ​Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Nature in Winter: In the Field
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Saturday / Jan. 20 / 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Explore the winter wonderland of Red Rocks of Sedona with Robert McBride. You will discover techniques to capture winter scenes from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. 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 Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Note: The Feb. 22 class time has been updated. The class will run 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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.


Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Jan. 27 / 2 - 6 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. Take a walk in the Garden and practice your newly acquired skills. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 2:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Digital Desert Photography
Regular Price: $169.00
Member Price: $135.00
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Learn the keys to photographic excellence using digital cameras. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Getting Started and Next Steps by the New Year and receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Sunday and Tuesday / Jan. 28 & 30
Sunday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Tuesday / 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which settings to use and when. Joanne West will go over basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. Open to all digital camera owners. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.

Next Steps
Saturday and Monday / February 10 & 12
Saturday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Monday / 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday and Tuesday / Jan. 28 & 30
Sunday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Tuesday / 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which settings to use and when. Joanne West covers basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. Open to all digital camera owners. Participants should bring camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Monday / Feb. 10 & 12
Saturday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Monday / 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 31 / 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 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 31, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Feb. 3 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In photography, the closer you focus, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying small subjects. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Mirrorless Cameras
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / Feb. 3 / 3 - 5 p.m.

Small and lightweight, mirrorless cameras offer photographers excellent quality images and are quickly becoming a great alternative to DSLR cameras. Learn the components of mirrorless cameras, including the advantages and disadvantages. We will also discuss recommended settings to use if you already own a mirrorless camera. Participants should bring mirrorless camera and camera manual. Instructed by John Marino and Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Ordinary to Extraordinary
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday and Wednesday / Feb. 5 & 7 / 5 - 7 p.m.

Join us for this unique opportunity where you learn to easily identify photo opportunities and see differently to produce a stronger photography portfolio. Participants will practice using the elements of design, camera settings, lighting and cropping techniques to enhance composition. Choose flattering angles and learn post-processing tricks to elevate ordinary subjects to extraordinary visual heights. All photography levels welcome but students should have working knowledge of basic camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 12
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 5:00PM - 7:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Dramatic Botanical Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday / Feb. 6 / 5 - 9 p.m.

Learn how to design creative lighting setups indoors without the need for expensive studio equipment. Lisa Langell shares techniques about photographing botanicals as you practice indoors. Play with lighting setups using flashlights, lamps, foam core and more. Learn great tips for backdrops that give you effects ranging from the ethereal to the dramatic! Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 6, 2018 5:00PM - 9:00PM   OPEN

Pollinator Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Feb. 10 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Desert pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are a delight to see in the garden. Learn how to capture in a photograph the variety of pollinators found in the Sonoran Desert. Lisa Langell will show you how to capture these pollinators by discussing camera settings, composition, depth of field, natural light and more. Bring any digital camera that enables you to manually adjust aperture (f-stop), ISO and shutter speed. Smart phones and compact cameras are welcome. However, emphasis will primarily be placed upon techniques and settings primarily available to DSLR cameras. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Mastering the Tools: Exposure
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / Feb. 11 / 10 a.m. - 1:30 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 Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 11, 2018 10:00AM - 1:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday / Feb. 12 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 12, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / Feb. 18 / 11 a.m. - 2 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 Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 11:00AM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Creating Dynamic Landscapes
Regular Price: $219.00
Member Price: $175.00
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Tuesday and Sunday / Feb. 20 & 25
Tuesday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Sunday / 2:30 - 7 p.m.


The art of capturing dynamic landscapes goes beyond simply finding how to capture that perfect moment. In this class, we will cover the basics of creating more dynamic landscapes using techniques such as hyperfocal distance and focus stacking to create sharp focus from the nearest foreground element to the most distant one. In the second part of the program, we will venture out to Four Peaks to refine your skills. Student will have an opportunity to use the exposure, focusing and composition skills to photograph the changing light of the Sonoran Desert. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / Feb. 24 / 10 a.m. - 1p.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 Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 24, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / Feb. 27 / 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 Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 6:00PM - 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

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 Asian 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.

Body Butters and Scrubs
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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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.

Natural Candles
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / Jan. 6 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In this class, Lynn Reves will show you basic candle making techniques using beeswax. Then, design your one-of-kind candle using a variety of molds or use various vessels such as a vintage teacup to create your candle. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Simple Smoothies
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Jan. 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Reboot your metabolism and flood your body with more of the nutrients it needs. Blending smoothies is an easy way to pack more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Registered dietician Sara Korzeniewski will share some of her favorite recipes as she demonstrates the ABC's of making more nutritious drinks. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Package Deal: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all classes in this series by the New Year. Each package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires Jan 1. Programs may be purchased at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays / Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20 / 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 8:15AM - 9:15AM   OPEN

Package Deal - Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Package Deal: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all classes in this series by the New Year. Each package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays / Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 / 6 - 7 p.m.

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.

Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:00PM - 7:00PM   OPEN

Gluten-free Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gluten-free does not have to mean going without. Just because you may not want gluten in your diet does not mean you cannot have amazing, fresh, lush desserts. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her favorite gluten-free desserts from around the world. The next time someone tells you that dessert starts and stops with cake or cookies, you can tell them to think again! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Caldos Y Cocidos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time to eat caldo de pollo or chicken soup and cocido de res, Mexican beef soup. Learn quick and easy techniques with Chef Maria Cano to create the perfect base for these soups. These hearty soups will comfort you during the winter season and beyond. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 2 - 4 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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Cooking with Winter Vegetables
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Jan. 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enrich your dishes by including winter vegetables into your recipes. Vegetables add texture, crunch and flavor to your salads, sides and main dishes, but also are packed with nutrition. Chef Maggie Norris will prepare delicious recipes that are easy to make that will make these seasonal stars shine. Recipes include creamed collard greens, kale and farro salad with avocado, Kung Pao brussel sprouts and whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar pecan topping.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Package Deal - A Taste of Asia
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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Package Deal: Purchase Asian Noodles and Flavors of Southeast Asia as a package by the New Year and receive a 20 percent discount!

Offer expires Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability.


Asian Noodles
Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Build your noodle knowledge with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz with this tasty class on fresh and dried Asian noodles. Learn how to prepare quick and easy dishes that are satisfying and healthful. You will take away how and where to buy noodles and how to create your noodle dishes in your kitchen. She will be preparing some delicious cool weather dishes with lots of fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, eggs and more! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Sunday / Jan. 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz demonstrates dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Sample Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Asian Noodles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Build your noodle knowledge with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz with this tasty class on fresh and dried Asian noodles. Learn how to prepare quick and easy dishes that are satisfying and healthful. You will take away how and where to buy noodles and how to create your noodle dishes in your kitchen. She will be preparing some delicious cool weather dishes with lots of fresh vegetables, crispy tofu, eggs and more! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will be preparing dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. Watch Chef Ruiz whip up Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney, then taste them all! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Fermented
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Jan. 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in this unique class on fermentation. Fermentation, the same practice that gives yogurt its tartness and bread its rise, actually increases vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. This class will teach you how easy it is to create foods that enhance immunity and increase digestion. Felicia will demonstrate how to prepare fermented foods at home such as her colorful purple sauerkraut. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Posole
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the diversity of posole, a staple stew-like meal of many Southwestern cultures. Chef Maria Cano will lead an exciting, informative and flavorful demonstration of the regional variations of this signature dish of the Southwest. From spicy to mild, there will be a style for everyone to enjoy. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Cozy Comfort Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Jan. 27 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The colder winter months are the perfect time to learn a few twists on some old classics! Join Chef Terri Milligan as she shares comfort food with a gourmet flair, including whipped feta and heirloom tomato crostini, truffle mashed potatoes, and a hearty but healthy meatloaf. Then learn to finish the meal with a decadent dark chocolate s'mores pudding. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 27, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Healing Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Not only does food have the ability to do damage, but it also has the ability to support our body in its natural healing processes. Learn how to prepare some of the life-giving foods that our body needs to thrive and begin removing inflammation-causing foods, like gluten and sugar. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 31, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Fundamentals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Feb. 3 / 1 - 3 p.m.

This introductory cooking class covers a variety of basic, easy-to-master techniques, perfect for anyone who needs a little help in the kitchen. Teresa Hansen demonstrates the fundamentals of making soup from scratch, crafting a simple vinaigrette and finishing with decadent chocolate mousse. Learn new skills and techniques to become a confident chef. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Food From My Ancestors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Experience the world of Native American food and culture with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. She will share with you delicious dishes that have been prepared by her family for generations such as a savory blue corn posole, the most treasured grain of the Pueblo people. Participants will also sample Chimayo red chile and traditional greenthread tea. Demonstrated recipes are vegetarian. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Introduction to Southwest Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / Feb. 10 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Southwest traditional cuisine is unique and iconic, using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Learn how to make traditional dishes such as Mexican rice, fresh beans, nopales, basic salsas and other Mexican kitchen staples. This class will cover tricks in the kitchen that allow for quick and easy meals. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

In this class, you will discover the best herbs to create intoxicating flavor profiles in fresh and simmering dishes alike. You will also learn which herbs are best paired with other foods to bring out hidden depths of flavor. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 11, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

World of Chocolate
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday / Feb. 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique chocolate experience with Zak's Chocolate, a local chocolatier. Explore the world of craft chocolate where you will learn about differences in cocoa beans from different regions. Feel the passion of chocolate in a guided tasting and chocolate-making demonstration. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Savvy Cooking with Citrus
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / Feb. 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Citrus adds a bright flavor to many dishes. Learn how to use citrus picked straight from your garden or locally grown. Join Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in the kitchen to discover how to use your citrus harvest and the tips on how to add the juice, flesh and zest to jazz up your dishes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Fun Foods for Kids
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how you can prepare easy and fun foods for children that will get them to eat their vegetables and proteins. We will demonstrate simple and quick dishes that you can make with kids and how to create fun food ideas. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Sara Korzeniewski. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.


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   WAIT LIST

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 chile 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

Package Deal - Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $136.00
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Package Deal - Purchase Introduction to Pen and Ink and Pollinators in Pen and Ink as a package by the New Year and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 1. Programs may be purchased separately, subject to availability.

Introduction to Pen and Ink
Monday and Thursday / Jan. 8 and 11 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Lynn Reves introduces you to the basics of pen and ink drawing. Techniques and strokes, including hatching, cross-hatching, scumbling, contour-hatching, and stippling will be covered. All materials included. Limit 15.

Pollinators in Pen and Ink
Wednesday / Feb. 21, 28 and Mar. 7 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths are the perfect subject for pen and ink. With their intricate anatomy and form, pollinators lend themselves to creating interesting details. Spend three sessions with artist Lynn Reves, exploring the techniques of hatching, cross-hatching, scumbling, contour-hatching, and stippling to draw your favorite pollinators. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Introduction to Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Monday and Thursday / Jan. 8 and 11 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lynn Reves introduces you to the basics of pen and ink drawing. Techniques and strokes, including hatching, cross-hatching, scumbling, contour-hatching, and stippling will be covered. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Pollinators in Pen and Ink
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Wednesdays / Feb. 21, 28 and Mar. 7 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths are the perfect subject for pen and ink. With their intricate anatomy and form, pollinators lend themselves to creating interesting details. Spend three sessions with artist Lynn Reves, exploring pen and ink techinques to draw your favorite pollinators. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Agave Mosaic Mandala
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 10 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Create a beautiful agave mandala from mosaic glass and porcelain tiles. We will cut pieces of glass and tiles to construct a radiating pattern that represents unity and calm as we assemble our agave pattern. This class is suitable for the ambitious beginner and up. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Rain Chains
Regular Price: $149.00
Member Price: $119.00
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Saturday / January 13 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rain chains are a beautiful and efficient alternative for use in the garden. Instead of water flowing into an sealed downspout, water visibly moves down a rain chain to become an appealing element in a landscape. In this class, you will design and construct your very own rain chain. All materials included. No experience is necessary, but the project does involve using pliers and wire cutters. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Prickly-Pear Gourd
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Sunday / Jan. 21 / 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn multiple techniques to create an asymmetrical gourd vase that features two cutouts enhanced with the inner tissue from the prickly pear cactus and outlined with pygmy date palm. Color your gourds with water-based inks and finish off your gourd lashing a large row of the palm around the rim. Demonstrations will also include how to prepare prickly pear pads for use in art projects and how to line gourds with handmade paper. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Jan 21, 2018 9:30AM - 4:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Garden Totem
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Monday and Wednesday / Jan. 22 and 24 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn clay techniques to create your original items for totem stacks. Using a wide variety of found and repurposed objects, you will design and construct a unique and vibrant totem that will add shimmer to your garden. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items, figurines and found items. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 22, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Botanical Illustrations: Columnar Cacti
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Sundays / Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 / 12 - 4 p.m.

This class will draw inspiration from the Garden's columnar cacti collection using color or watercolor pencils. Featured in the Garden's Sonoran Quarterly Gustaf's Field Notes, botanical illustrator Katherine Callingham will guide you from start to finish and enable you to create accurate botanical illustrations of plants. Through a variety of exercises and outdoor sessions, you will develop your own style and skills to become a botanical artist. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Garden Polymer Clay Jewelry
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday / Feb. 4 / 12 - 4 p.m.

Create pendants and beads with garden-inspired impressions in various metallic colors of polymer clay. We will use bronze, copper and rose gold colors that will shimmer like real metal. Various patina techniques will be demonstrated to create faux finishes such as verdigris. Beads will be ready to wear the same day as either a pendant or bracelet. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Julie Blankenship. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 4, 2018 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Desert Tree Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Monday / Feb. 5 / 5:30 - 8:30 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. Learn how to draw desert trees in the Zentangle style, adding a wash of color using watercolor or colored pencils. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Thursdays / Feb. 8, 15 and 22 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Handwritten decorative lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, you will be shown how to use your own handwriting to craft your own modern script. Explore the right tools and practice step-by-step calligraphy techniques such as basic letter formations and brushstrokes. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 8, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

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 field trip 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   CLOSED

Winter Waterfowl
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday and Friday / Jan. 10 & 12
Wednesday / 6 - 8:30 p.m. / Friday / 8 - 11:30 a.m. (field trip)


Winter waterfowl of various kinds crowd the Phoenix urban and suburban ponds. This interactive class will explore the variety of ducks, grebes and cormorants as you practice identifying these waterfowl. We will then explore the nationally known Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch where we can view many of these bird species. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Gems and Minerals of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / Jan. 13 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Arizona produces a tremendous wealth of gems, such as turquoise and peridot, and minerals, such as malachite. Learn about the geological history that led to the formation of these gems and minerals, and where they are located. Instructed by Raymond Grant, geologist and author of Checklist of Arizona Minerals. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Cognitive Biases
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Jan. 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Human brains have not evolved to any significant degree over the last 50,000 years, despite the fact that the world has changed drastically. In trying to make sense of the challenges and problems associated with the modern world, we are in essence running new software with 50,000-year-old hardware. Chief among these are the instincts that helped our ancestors survive. As we make everyday decisions, we are literally battling with our instincts. In this class, we will discuss a variety of cognitive biases built into the human brain and address how they negatively impact decision-making in simple terms that are relevant to real-life situations. Instructed by
Dr. Kirstin Hendrickson of ASU's School of Molecular Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 15, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Jan. 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The spectacular and complex modern landscapes of Arizona are geologically young, but they reveal rocks, fossils, and other features that record a colorful history of almost two billion years. Join us on a journey through deep time as we explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of its signature landscape features such as the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, the Mogollon Rim, and the low deserts in the south. Instructed by Dr. Steven Semken from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Science of Dog Intelligence
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / Jan. 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

An estimated 80 million dogs share human homes in the U.S. Lisa Gunter will introduce recent research on behavior and cognition of dogs, a subspecies of gray wolf, with comparisons to their wild relatives. Dogs are sensitive to people's actions and intentions, but wolves can be similarly sensitive if they have had the opportunity to live intimately alongside humans. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Insects of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / Jan. 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is full of creepy-crawly critters, but we need most of them. Join Dr. Carl Olson as he debunks bug-related myths and highlights the benefits of these desert insects. From the wood-recycling desert cockroach to the singing cicada to hardworking pollinators, discover the insects that keep our desert ecosystem thriving. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Arizona: A Natural History
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Jan. 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The extreme environment of the Sonoran Desert engenders many extraordinary adaptations in the living beings that inhabit it. Dr. Ken Sweat will introduce students to the geology, flora, fauna and human history of Arizona. Using biology, ecology, geology and archaeology, this class will explore adaptations of desert animals, plants and other life forms that call this desert home. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Woodpeckers and Wrens
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Monday and Saturday / Feb. 5 & 10
Monday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 8 -11 a.m. (field trip)


We often take woodpeckers and wrens for granted, but they are remarkable birds. This interactive class will introduce both families of birds, why they are similar--and not--and offer some uncommon facts for five common Arizona species of woodpeckers and wrens. Then, head to Boyce Thompson Arboretum where most of the 10 species may be observed. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Price includes entrance fee to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Backyard Astronomy
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / Feb. 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona's night skies present the observer remarkable opportunities to gaze at the wonders of the celestial universe from their own backyard without the need of fancy or expensive instruments. In this class, participants will learn how to tell the difference between a planet and a star and more importantly where to locate them in the sky. Get acquainted with the night sky through group discussions and telescope observations. Instructed by Mario Gonzalez. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Arizona Weather
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / Feb. 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why Arizona is so dry or why we have the famous monsoon season? Arizona has a uniquely diverse climate with hot desert summers and cold alpine winters. Learn about our state's varied climate and meteorology. Topics of discussion may also include winter storms, blazing heat, and severe weather associated with monsoon thunderstorms such as microbursts, haboobs, hail, flash floods and even tornadoes. Instructed by Mike Santoro from ASU's School of Geographical Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Memoir Writing: What's Your Story
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesdays / Feb. 21 & 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In this class, discover how to write your personal memories, help people make sense of them and determine the key moments in your life. Get ready to embark on the most rewarding writing endeavor you will undertake. Instructed by Barbara Geis. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

A to Z Bird Anatomy
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday / February 22 & 24
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Take a closer look at an alphabet of bird body parts, some exterior and some interior. This class will help you with bird identification and will give you a new appreciation of multiple miracles and amazing adaptations that make up a bird. A local field trip to several Tempe urban ponds will help integrate this new knowledge. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Evening Flights: Birds and Wines
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday / Feb. 25 / 5 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy the twilight hour in the beautiful Garden setting. In this program, we will take a leisurely stroll around the Garden observing the birds as they slip into their nighttime routines, discussing the species seen and their behaviors. Then, we will settle into a typical human nighttime routine--a flight of wines and cheeses to wrap up the evening, with additional information about birds and their nighttime strategies. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Participants must be 21 years or older to attend. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 5:00PM - 7:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Arizona Snakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / Feb. 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is famous for its rich diversity of interesting and unique reptiles found nowhere else in the U.S. The Sonoran Desert is a center for snake diversity. In this class, you will learn about Arizona's more singular snakes along with those species that inhabit the Sonoran Desert. We will discuss the role these serpents play in the overall ecological picture and how they are vital to our desert ecosystem. Learn about their habitat, feeding habits and life history and improve your chances of spotting one of these fascinating creatures. Instructed by Randy Babb, Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mammillaria
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / Feb. 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the diversity of the Mammillaria, the little giants of the cactus world. These gem-like cacti are highly prized among collectors and home hobbyists. Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden, will highlight and discuss the anatomy, natural history and identification of these beautiful little gems.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Phoenix: Where are We Going?
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / Feb. 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The city of Phoenix is a bustling and vibrant epicenter with a blossoming, sustainable and successful future. In this class, discuss where Phoenix has been, where we are and where we are going. Use the lens of sustainability to examine the growing pains of a vibrant desert city and how Phoenix compares to other locations around the world. Instructed by Colin Tetreault. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 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. We reserve the right to subsitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

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

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / Jan. 18 / 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, long pants and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Thu, Jan 18, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $749.00
Member Price: $599.00
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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

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday / Jan. 26 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Birding Hotspot: Hassayampa River
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday / Feb. 3 / 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve, just south of Wickenberg, is a desert oasis. Towering cottonwoods shade the trails, making even a summer visit a pleasant retreat from the heat. The trip is timed to take advantage of wintering waterfowl, songbirds such as American robins, spotted towhees and various sparrows. Common desert species including woodpeckers, hummingbirds and raptors should also make appearances. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fee and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 1:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Sat, Feb 3, 2018 7:00AM - 2:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Cienega Creek Natural Preserve and Colossal Cave
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Friday / Feb. 9 / 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Combine the beauty of the lush riparian Cienega Creek Natural Preserve and the stunning Colossal Cave for a sensational adventure! You will explore one of the pristine riparian areas in southern Arizona, where breathtaking and unforgettable views await. Then we will visit Colossal Cave Mountain Park known for its beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. On this private tour, your guide will share information on the cave's history, legends and geology as you walk up and down six and a half stories of the magnificent Colossal Cave. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, expert guides, entrance fees and picnic lunch. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2017-2018: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 7:00AM - 7:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Taste of Arizona: Page Springs
Regular Price: $411.00
Member Price: $329.00
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Friday / Feb. 23 / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Travel with us to explore Arizona's booming wine industry in the Verde Valley. Enjoy a day of tasting award-winning wines at Page Springs Cellars while exploring their vineyards. Get a glimpse of the types of grapes grown and farming practices. A private lunch awaits in their vineyard where the menu highlights gourmet food preparation. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 12.

Day-trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Lunch
  • Private tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Bottled water and snacks
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Session Winter 2017-2018: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 8:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Early Bird- Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $999.00
Member Price: $799.00
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EARLY BIRD RATE: Register by the New Year and receive a 10 percent discount!

Thursday - Saturday / Apr. 12 - 14
Members: $879 / General Public: $1099


Join scientists from across the globe in the "Galapagos of North America" a fascinating wonderland of soaring peaks and riparian forests. One of the top birding places in the U.S. and home to the brilliantly colored elegant trogon, the Chiricahua Mountains will mesmerize you with hidden secrets specially designed for the Garden. Get to experience life as a naturalist as you stay and learn at the American Museum of Natural History, Southwestern Research Station. Participants must be able to walk at least two miles with moderate grade changes and uneven terrain.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Certified naturalist guide
  • Lodging for two nights
  • All meals during the trip
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 - Sat, Apr 14, 2018 7:00AM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cance