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.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
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.
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.

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   CLOSED

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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays l April 10, 17 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.

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 Spring 2019: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

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

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l April 1 l 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. Limit 15.

Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Monday l April 8 l 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. Instructed by landscape designer Erin Hutton. Limit 15.

Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 8, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday l April 29 l 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. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

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   (1 AVAIL)

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   WAIT LIST

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

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, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

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   (6 AVAIL)

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

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday l April 14 l 2 - 4 p.m.

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.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   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   (9 AVAIL)

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.