Welcome
The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Children, Family & Educators
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or want 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.

Terrarium Gardens
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Jan. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves as you create a whimsical miniature 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 with class attendance. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories. Limit 15.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Small Patio Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Jan. 22 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Imagine creating an intimate patio or courtyard with small desert trees or large shrubs. With the right care, these plants can provide natural shade or create a feeling of privacy. Join Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden, as she discusses the best trees and shrubs that can be used to grace your patio or courtyard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Tossing out rinds, crusts and even weeds is a waste of free fertilizer. Composting creates an environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or open-composts come in all sorts of styles. Find the one that's right for you. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays l Jan. 24, 31 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Your dream of garden-to-table dinners may be easier to achieve than you think. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and the ideal time to plant them. Explore soil preparation, raised beds, container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the 10 basic steps and planting times, according to local calendars, to help you add fresh vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Feel your stresses wilt away, and your creativity blossom, through ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

Click here to see what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l Jan. 26 l 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Gardening for Desert Tortoises
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Making a healthy habitat for a desert tortoise involves offering a wide variety of plants for both food and shelter. Growing these 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 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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From the windowsill herb box to the patio tomato pot, container gardening can bring a bountiful harvest to those with spatial limitations. This step-by-step class weeds out the Southwest's unique obstacles to growing edibles in containers and offers tips on choosing potting soil, watering, mulching and when and where seasonal greens grow best. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Color Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 28 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Harness the colors of vibrant desert-adapted plants for a garden that delights the eye. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shows how to incorporate color throughout your outdoor space using plants, garden art and other elements. She also covers plant placement and how to combine colors for maximum effect. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Valentine Bonsai
Regular Price: $119.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Mondays l Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11 l 6 - 8 p.m.

In these extended classes, you can either learn how to turn a Valentine emu into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Instructors Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 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. Learn how to control insects, foster survival during summer months and prune for maximum bloom. Limit 30.


Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Gardens of all sizes can play host to the culinary herbs used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. Learn how to grow and care for these useful plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulents for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 6 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Whether planted in the ground or potted in containers, succulents make a stunning addition to any landscape. Learn to care for and maintain healthy, vibrant succulents purchased from the store or grown from seeds, cuttings or divisions. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. 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 through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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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 3D model. SketchUp®: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp®: Next Steps. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using 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. Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.


SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class. Limit 15.

Aloes for Desert Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Discover the many varieties of aloes-beyond aloe vera-that are best suited to harsh desert summers. Discuss placement, sun tolerance, frost hardiness and watering needs. 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 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Low-Desert Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday l Feb. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Step into the whimsical world of container gardening with Carol Stuttard. Learn about the different mixes to use, the correct watering techniques and how to maximize microclimates. This class covers design features of containers and plants, and includes a planting demonstration. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l Feb. 16 l 9 a.m. - Noon

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 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l Feb. 17 l 2 - 4 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 how to pick the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Best Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Desert natives may seem ideally adapted to the climate, but many species, especially those introduced from other regions, need special care to survive the harsh Sonoran growing conditions. Join Angelica Elliott on this walk through the Garden, as she identifies and recommends the best plants and gives instruction about growing them in your garden. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Growing Milkweeds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 19 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Asclepias, or milkweeds, are vital host plants for queen and monarch butterfly larvae. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. Learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed and cuttings will be provided. Instructed by Natalie Melkonoff and Steve Blackwell, program coordinators for the Great Milkweed Grow Out at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Plant Grafting 
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard discusses and demonstrates how you can have more fruit varieties though the use of various grafting and budding methods, including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class also covers collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. Rootstock and scion wood, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 20, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Flowering All Year
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Feb. 26 l 10 a.m. - Noon

Our year-round sunshine means that we can enjoy flowering landscapes throughout the year. "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson shares her favorite plants that flower throughout most of the year, as well as tips for using plants with overlapping bloom seasons. Part of the class will be spent walking through the garden looking at examples of year-round flowering plants. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 26, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Pollinator Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l Feb. 27 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Maximize your garden's potential with a colorful array of plants that pollinators can't resist. Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and heartwarming hummingbirds to your garden. Carol Stuttard shares tips about specific plants and their care. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Nut Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | March 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Go nuts with your garden by introducing some of the nut trees that love the low desert climate. From shady pecans to beautifully blossoming almonds, nut trees can bring a host of benefits to our yards and pantries. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Mar 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to create "outdoor rooms" for personal relaxation retreats, multi-use spaces for entertaining, or family fun centers. Creative approaches will include desert-adapted plants and structural elements. Bring your wish list to get additional ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Desert Soils for Landscapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | March 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Understanding soil is vital, because it is home to the important, yet largely unnoticed, plant roots. Learn the complexities of our soil and the means of managing it to grow the healthiest plants possible. We will discuss the various soils types, the importance of a living soil, the essential elements of plant growth. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Bare Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | March 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Have you always wanted to grow your own produce, but have no idea how to start? If so, join gardening expert Carol Stuttard, and find out how to start from scratch, taking a bare patch of earth and turning it into a bountiful garden. Learn about site, soil, irrigation and correct planting times for seasonal crops, in this bare basics class. All participants will take home some seeds to get them started on their gardening journey. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | March 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your spring vegetable gardens, you need to start thinking about summer planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic summer vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful summer garden awaits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Air Plant Trapeze
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | March 23 | 2 - 5 p.m.

As the name implies, air plants need no contact with the ground. In this class, create the picture perfect perch for your air plants, and learn where to hang them to naturally accent any room of the house. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Mar 23, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register for Home Landscape Design I and II by March 11 receive a 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Classes are instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Wednesdays | March 27, April 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This interactive 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 | April 10, 17 | 6 - 8 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 the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays l March 27, April 3 l 6 - 8 p.m.

This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

Classes are instructed by landscape architect Liza Blank. Limit 15.

This interactive program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Best Bulbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Bulbs supply some of the most exquisite notes and seasonal surprises in a garden, and many species live as happily in hot, exposed conditions as they do in shaded containers. Discover which bulbs to plant and where to buy them, plus soil, watering and exposure requirements. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: SketchUp Landscape Design
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for all three classes by March 11 to receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires March 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

SketchUp Pro is a powerful 3D modeling software that accurately builds 3D landscape designs. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes 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 Landscape Designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Monday | April 1 | 2 - 4 p.m.
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 3D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

SketchUp: Next Steps
Monday | April 8 | 2 - 5 p.m.
Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using 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.

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Monday | April 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Get into professional-level designing with SketchUp. Learn to hone in on small details and tackle larger design problems as you finalize your digital landscape blueprints. SketchUp: Getting Started and Next steps is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Container Gardening: Ornamentals
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | April 4 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Explore ways to add colorful and shapely accents to your patio and yard through the basics of container gardening. Learn about making selections based on plant size, shape and color to create intriguing containerized arrangements sure to impress your friends and neighbors and attract wildlife, including hummingbirds. Participants should bring their own 12-inch pot. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes, horticulturist at the Garden. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 4, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Lower your water bill--and help the planet--one drip at a time by designing an efficient drip irrigation system that you can modify as your plants grow and mature. Discover proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates, as well as how to maintain the system over time. We also discuss how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Monogram Wreath
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Create a personalized planter wreath, using a galvanized metal letter that can be mounted to a wall. Follow a step-by-step process by adding soil and wire mesh to your planter. Then add a variety of succulents to complete your finished artwork. Lynn Reves will also discuss how to maintain your living piece of art. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Aromatherapy Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn to infuse your outdoor spaces with the 10 best aromatherapy plants that even beginner gardeners can grow. Learn the many therapeutic uses of these plants, as well as how to grow, maintain and harvest them. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Modern Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover how to create modern and mid-century landscape designs to complement contemporary architecture or add a contemporary flare to any renovation. The focus will be on desert and desert-adapted plants with some hardscape elements. Bring a photo of your yard for some quick tips. Instructed by Marie White, landscape designer. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | April 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Vegetable gardeners beam as they fill their harvest baskets with fresh, chemical-free produce. However, a multitude of challenges come from insects, diseases and mysterious ailments that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Join Carol Stuttard as she prepares you to keep your organic vegetables healthy, vigorous and less vulnerable to attack. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Humans' use of herbs for medicine, flavor and fragrance predates modern record-keeping. Explore the history of herbs, and their role in kitchens and diverse cultures today. This class will also cover the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Fuss-free Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Create an attractive outdoor space that doesn't require much maintenance. Discover a number of low-maintenance plants that 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 Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Agave and Yucca in the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | April 17 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Starr Urbatsch, agaveceae collections manager at the Garden, as she explores spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful but durable yuccas that flourish in our extreme climate. Discuss the placement, care and pest problems of these extraordinary plants that bring color, depth and beauty without much water or maintenance. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Strange Succulents for Unique Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Intrigued by succulents and ready to go beyond aloes, agaves and yuccas? In this class, we look at the many strange succulents suited to our desert climate, such as Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Euphorbia, Haworthia, Gasteria and Stapelia. Discuss plant placement, frost protection and watering requirements. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Growing Sprouts and Microgreens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | April 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Looking for a quick crop that's full of nutrients? Consider growing a bed of sprouts or other microgreens. Perfect for salads and sandwiches, small, leafy veggies can restore dietary health and be grown in small patches of soil or even in containers of water. Learn growing and maintenance strategies from Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Pinot and Petals
Regular Price: $143.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Saturday | April 20 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Let the inspiration flow as you join Lynn Reves for an uncorked evening of sipping wine, tasting cheese and arranging flowers. Learn the ins and outs to create an original floral arrangement, while enjoying the relaxing outdoor Garden setting at sunset. Must be at least 21 to attend. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | April 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Would your garden survive an extended drought? Planning our landscapes often involves thinking about space, color and food production, but it rarely takes water consumption into account. Learn about the greater environmental benefits of water-wise gardening, and discover ways to ensure a hearty harvest when water is scarce or irrigation is impossible. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Creating Shade
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 1 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Shade is nature's sunscreen. Throughout the Sonoran Desert, plant habitats create natural stratifications based on how much light they can take and how much protection they need. Learn to mimic nature and ensure the success of your garden by providing layers of shade through strategic plants and structures. Students will tour shady areas of the Garden as part of the class. Instructed by "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 1, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 4 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Your irrigation system is your landscape's lifeline, so it is vital to keep it flowing. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers--and how to maximize efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | May 6, 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Whether we are making pesto or potpourri, herbs help us build strong flavors and aromas. This two-part class introduces 20 of the most useful and easily grown herbs for your garden, with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, usage and storage techniques as you delight your senses in this interactive experience. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 6, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | May 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover how to start a cottage garden with a mix of desert-adapted vegetables and flowers. Learn how to amend the soil, choose the right plants and use easy irrigation from your hose bib. Meredith Smith will share tips and tricks on how to create an edible and flowering garden to enjoy all year long. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, May 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape Renderings
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | May 8 | 3 - 6 p.m.

Given the time and labor required to make landscape changes, there isn't a lot of room for trial and error. This is where having the vivid, detailed landscape rendering comes in handy. Learn how to use perspective drawing techniques and different materials to create a visual aid for your next landscape endeavor, be it for your own dream yard or to impress a client or employer. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 8, 2019 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | May 9 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, your summer garden can be a lush, productive oasis complete with harvestable crops. Tomatoes produce into July, eggplants grow throughout the season and melons sweeten summer mornings. Find out how to grow these bounties in the low desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 9, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join award-winning designer Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture for landscape design and care at the Garden, to learn bold container planting techniques. The class will focus on low-maintenance containers, plant staging and more. Create and take home your own captivating container garden with an assortment of plants and stones. Limit 20.

Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 11, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Bougainvillea Bonsai
Regular Price: $123.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Mondays | May 13, 20, 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

In these three classes, learn how to turn a bouganvillea bough into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Instructors Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan. With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Much of the Bible is set in a landscape akin to the Southwest, and many of the medicinal and culinary herbs it mentions flourish here, too. Draw on ancient scripture for practical lessons about herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a saintly herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Attract Beneficial Insects
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | May 20 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Step into the world of integrated pest management, and leave harmful pesticides behind, as you leverage the power of beneficial insects. From ladybugs to lacewings, nature abounds with bugs that keep unwanted critters in check. Learn which plants welcome the friendliest six-legged species. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, May 20, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Urban Jungle
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 22 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bring a bit of wilderness to your front door as you transform your patio into an oasis of eclectic greenery. Find your ideal blend of hanging plants, terraria, succulents and more to create a blast of natural beauty each time you come and go. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Wed, May 22, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | 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.

REFUND POLICY | To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.