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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.

Mid-Century Modern Garden Design
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / July 13 and 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you have a mid-century home or would like to create a landscape with a modern design aesthetic, landscape designer Erin Hutton will help you apply these concepts to your garden. In this class, discover design ideas for creating a mid-century modern landscape that is an extension of your home and reflects the principals of simplicity, repetition of color, texture and symmetry. Limit 15.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Espalier
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / June 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Espalier is an ancient horticulture pruning technique used to maximize small spaces and increase fruit production. Learn how to train your tree, shrub or vine to create a sculptural and practical work of art. This class will cover the art and science of espalier pruning, how to train initial plants and how to prune established espaliers. Instructed by Rick Cober, ISA Certified Arborist and Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jun 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / May 22 / 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. Participants should bring flash drive or USB.

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 finally modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.​

Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / May 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, summer gardens 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 2017: Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesdays / May 30 and June 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Herbs enrich even the smallest of gardens with their scent, beauty and flavor. This two-part class introduces twenty of the most useful, easy to grow herbs for your garden with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, use and storage techniques as we prepare your senses for this interactive experience. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 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 Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

After the Lawn is Gone
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / June 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reduce yard work and water bills by replacing grass with a desert-friendly landscape. Summer is the ideal time to remove a lawn. This class will take you through the step-by-step process of removing turf and designing and installing a beautiful, water-conserving, low-maintenance landscape. Discussion includes plant and hardscape design ideas. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / June 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Many powerful medicinal and culinary herbs are mentioned in Scriptures, and these same herbs can flourish in the desert. You will discover biblical herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a Scripture-themed herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Landscape Watering Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / July 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Watering is the most important task in a desert garden. Most desert landscape watering schedules are not based on the individual needs of plants, light and heat conditions, or expected weather changes. A simple, three-step process will help you provide proper amounts of water to maintain your garden's health and reduce water usage. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Color in Your Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / July 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From flowers to leaves and soil to hardscape materials, color is everywhere outdoors. Learn how desert plant color combinations can affect the mood in your garden. Discover which desert plants can be creatively combined when planning your garden. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Grapes grow well in the low desert. They provide juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover the best varieties that can be grown in your garden and tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your produce. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Growing Succulent Euphorbia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 8 - 10 a.m.

Euphorbia can be easily grown in your desert garden. Plants in this diverse genus range from small globular shapes to massive trees and can be planted in the ground or containers for added interest and bold shapes. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / August 9 and 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will discuss the basic characteristics of desert soils, sun exposure, frost damage and pest problems. This introductory class will demonstrate how you can work with, not against, these factors to be a successful desert gardener. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 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 Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Best Vines for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 8 - 10 a.m.

It may seem challenging to find vines that can tolerate the Sonoran Desert, but there are many native and introduced species that thrive here. This class will identify the best, recommended vines, with information on how to grow them. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Plant problems can arise from a variety of pathogens, insect pests, environmental conditions and even from the way we take care of our plants. Different culprits can cause problems with similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. Leanr to identify problems, their causes and how to keep your plants healthy. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / August 24 and 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables all year. Learn month-by-month techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across the calendar, ambitious gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturday / August 25 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join award-winning designers Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture at the Garden, and Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture, 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. All materials included. Limit 20.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / August 27 / 2 - 4:30 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 Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 27, 2017 2:00PM - 4:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.