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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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | June 18, 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 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.

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.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Plants for Shade
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | June 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For all its heat, the Arizona sun casts its fair share of shade on light-loving native and desert-adapted plants. Thankfully, some beautiful species thrive and flower in low light. Learn how to choose plants to match your specific shade conditions and create a shady retreat in your garden. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Citrus Wreath
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | June 23 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Who said wreaths are just for winter holidays? Break tradition with a fresh and summery citrus wreath perfect for a wall or front door. Lynn Reves guides you through a step-by-step process of constructing a wreath that you can take home and mount. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jun 23, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardens and Insects
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | June 24 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to identify and treat the most common insect pests that stalk our desert vegetable gardens. You will learn best practices in garden maintenance to prevent pests and practical steps to take when they decide to move in. Liz Lonetti will also cover techniques of integrated pest management. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jun 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Greywater Systems
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Greywater systems eliminate waste-and shrink utility bills-by utilizing shower, sink and laundry water to irrigate your landscape. Learn greywater system basics and how to incorporate one into your home to make the best use of Arizona's precious water. Instructed by Ryan Wood from the Watershed Management Group. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jun 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Plant Propagation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | July 11 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join the Garden's Rosa Crespo and Angelica Elliott to learn techniques for propagating plants, including how to collect and sow seeds, divide specialized structures and take cuttings. Use these skills to propagate various plant materials to take home. Discover how to succeed with both sexual and asexual propagation of various plants to enhance your garden, save money and overcome many plant-growing challenges. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays | July 12, 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Subtle changes in sun and soil bring new growing opportunities each month. Learn techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across each page of the calendar, gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor all year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 12, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

When you learn correct watering techniques and take an active role in the proper management of your home irrigation system, you will see amazing health benefits trickle down through your garden. Jeff Lee shares the details of irrigation-controller programming through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Summer Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | July 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Feel your stresses wilt away and creativity blossom through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Then, after Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, summer-inspired ikebana arrangements. Participants will need to bring their own small- to medium-sized vases. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 15, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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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, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. July and August programs instructed by Luana Vargas, ISA Board Certified Master Aborist. Limit 30.

Growing Succulents Indoors
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | July 26 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Succulent plants make wonderful specimens that fit beautifully into any home. Explore the diversity of succulents suitable for growing indoors, including the best genera, small and large plants, cultural needs and ways to make them stand out in your home. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Backyard Destinations
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | July 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bring your backyard to the forefront of family time by creating engaging activity zones throughout the space. Learn how to set up focal areas for group gatherings, comfortable and well-lit reading nooks or a cool clubhouse for kids. Go beyond the pool and the BBQ as you discover fun options that will get the whole family spending more time outdoors. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Gardening for the Birds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | July 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join Noelle Johnson as she explains how to supply food, shelter and other essentials of a desert bird habitat. Learn how to brighten your garden with long-blooming plants that will provide an explosion of birdseed and fruits. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 30, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Grapes flourish in the low desert, providing juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover which varieties grow best here and get tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your fruit. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Kokedama
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | Aug. 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Kokedama brings the miniature magic of Japanese bonsai to an adorable sphere of moss. The ancient art abounds with possibilities for your indoor and outdoor gardens and living spaces. Learn to make your own moss ball for tabletop displays artfully arranged on a wooden bowl. During this class, Lynn Reves guides participants through a step-by-step process of soil selection and moss-wrapping techniques, and then discusses maintenance and watering methods. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 11, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Backyard Orchard
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Fruit trees take time to mature and produce fruit-so start now on your own orchard to reach that dream of a homegrown harvest. Learn to plan a backyard orchard, how to select fruit trees that thrive in the desert, and how to take advantage of the best maintenance practices. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 12, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Concrete Hand Planter
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Thursday and Saturday | Aug. 23, 25
Thursday | 6 - 8 p.m. | Saturday | 10 a.m. - Noon


Take "hands-on learning" to the next level as you make a concrete planter with a glove mold. Lynn Reves guides students through mixing, pouring and forming concrete into a unique gesture. Use the finished sculptural planter to give your favorite plant a hand. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Aug 23, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Herbs for Natural Beauty
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | Aug. 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Unlock the natural oils and antioxidants of common herbs for simple beautifying applications. Learn which herbs contain anti-aging solutions and how to grow them alongside other garden produce. Join Liz Lonetti in this a hands-on class to learn how to make your own beauty products and create refreshing pick-me-ups for desert-parched skin including skin tonics and oils, facial masks and more. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 26, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Creative Containers
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | Aug. 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you transform a terra cotta pot or playfully repurpose a household receptacle, there is no limit to your container garden's design and decorative potential. Join "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson as she shares tips on how to create a plant environment perfectly fit to your whimsy. Students should bring a 12- to 15-inch container, figurines, and special mementos. Plants, soil and other materials provided. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Scented Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a layer of sensory splendor to your garden area with a dose of plants for the nose. Learn which sweet-scented flowers and fragrant herbs are suitable for our low desert climate. Many are easy to grow and will bring delightful fragrances while attracting pollinators to your landscape. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Aug 30, 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 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.