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.

Gardens for the Desert Climate
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 5 | 3 - 5 p.m.

From its summer heat extremes to its surprise winter cold snaps, Arizona’s climate can make gardening a challenge. Fortunately, there are some plants and gardening practices that can beat the odds. Learn about some of these from expert gardener Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 5, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 2 - 4 p.m.

All you need are a couple containers or a few square feet of earth to bring nutritious fresh vegetables into the kitchen. Find out what you can grow at different times of the year in your small space garden, including the best varieties that are adapted to our low desert climate. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | June 9 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Are you limited in gardening space? Learn to make the most of available space and light by growing upwards on a small balcony or patio. Discuss the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables 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 Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Laundry to Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Don’t let greywater go to waste with each spin cycle and shower. Learn to install a few plumbing additions that divert dirty water known as greywater from your washing machine and shower to help support your landscape watering needs. Instructed by Ryan Wood, Watershed Management Group. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 12, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal: Register by June 3 and receive a 10 percent discount/

Offer expires on June 4. 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
Mondays | June 17 and 24 | 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
Mondays | July 8 and 15 | 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 Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays l Consecutive sessions: June 17 AND 24 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 Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays l Consecutive sessions July 8 AND 15 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 Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Night-blooming Cacti
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Boost the intrigue of your backyard with the odd forms and ephemeral flowers of night-blooming cacti. These diverse plants range from small globular shapes to massive trees and grow well in the ground or containers. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Summer Hanging Basket
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday | June 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Add a floral touch to your patio, balcony or room of choice with a customized hanging basket. Learn to pair potted flower colors that celebrate the summer as they grow. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 30, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Plant Propagation
Regular Price: $45.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | July 20 | 2 - 4 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 2019: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (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, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Bold Plants
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 8 - 10 a.m.

Boldly go where few green thumbs have gone before. Learn to select and arrange plants that loom large and bring loud colors to the landscape. Instructed by Noelle Johnson, the “AZ Plant Lady.” Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday l July 27 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 Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Summer Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 2 - 4 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 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

The Making of a Gardener
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Gardens begin with digging and planting, but the real work of gardening happens between planting and harvest. Learn tips, tricks and special life skills honed by the lifelong gardener as you blossom into one yourself. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Aug 8, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Balcony Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 2 - 4 p.m.

No yard? No problem. Bedeck your balcony with a bounty of plants suited to partial sun conditions. Embrace the natural shade provided by your building, and create a private patch of greenery for your modern living space. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

A Year in a Vegetable Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Make the most of long summers and the three other short, mild seasons of the low desert. Month by month, we will explore how to best take advantage of the extremes to grow and harvest year-round and maximize your harvests when produce suddenly ripens. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Aug 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 18 | 2 - 4 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 2019: Sun, Aug 18, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Alternative Garden Beds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Aug. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Ever heard of hugelkultur, straw bale gardening or no-till gardening? These are just a few of the many alternative methods of making gardening fun and different. Venture into the world of organic vegetable gardening with Carol Stuttard as you discover these inexpensive and unique ways to make garden beds and wonderful rich soil.
Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Garden Design and Decoration
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Aug. 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Our yards and gardens possess natural beauty, but sometimes it takes a bit of extra décor and furniture to make a fun, inviting outdoor space. Maximize the feel and aesthetic of your garden by learning how to select and incorporate decorative additions. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Home Orcharding
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 25 | 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 2019: Sun, Aug 25, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Secluded Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Aug. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Embrace the meditative qualities of gardens by designing a space that tunes out the world’s hustle and bustle. Learn how to creatively make use of your outdoor space, enhance your plant palette with the use of green walls and learn about various techniques to maximize crop space. Instructed by Alex Buckley, landscape architect. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Aug 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Fairy Gardens
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Curate a garden fit for a fairy by harnessing the awe-inspiring effects of succulents. Mix and match odd species as you learn a few tips to keep the plants looking magically styled and thriving. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Creative Containers
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Whether you transform a 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 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   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.