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.
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.

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Sept. 22 | 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 Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Sept. 23, 2018 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Sunday l Jan. 27, 2019 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.

Small Cactus for Small Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Sept. 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Bedecked with little flower crowns and covered with fuzzy hairs, small cactus can be hard not to pet. Fortunately, there are other ways to express our affection for cactus that thrive at small sizes. In this class, learn how to select these unique species and understand their soil, potting, watering and sunlight requirements. Instructed by Kenny Zelov, assistant director for landscape design and care at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape for Maintenance
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Sept. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The amount of maintenance that your landscape requires comes down to its design and the types of plants used. Join "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson as she demonstrates tips and techniques for creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape that requires minimal upkeep, and learn quick fixes and how to avoid a few common mistakes. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Sep 26, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape for Privacy
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Sept. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Does your outdoor space feel a little too open? Is there an unattractive view you would like to cover up? Learn how to create a sanctuary for family fun or personal peace using desert-adapted plants, trees and structural hardscape elements. Bring a photo of your challenge to the class for suggested ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 27, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Square-Foot Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Sept. 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard guides you through this space-saving method of gardening that is perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. Discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to space your plants or seeds properly. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Sep 30, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Lettuce Bowls
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Oct. 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Freshen up your next salad with crisp and wholesome homegrown lettuce. You will fill a 16-inch planter with a variety of heat-tolerant lettuce greens. The take-home planter will allow you to grow and harvest lettuce for up to three months. All materials included. Instructed by Gregory Ware. Limit 16.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | October 13 | 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 Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Oct. 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bees provide necessary pollination for many foods and flowers we love to grow and offer sweet stores of honey,but taking a plunge into home beekeeping can be a daunting endeavor. Join beekeeper Dan Punch to discover what the buzz around beekeeping is all about, and learn how to construct hives, harvest honey and where to buy honeybees. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Cultivating Desert Roses: Adenium
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Oct. 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Often called desert roses, the popular, sculptural plants in the Adenium genus sprout flowers that epitomize the desert's beauty. They are fast and easy to grow-even in containers-if you know how to tend to their basic horticultural needs. Join Mark Dimmitt, a plant breeder specializing in Adenium, as he discusses their care, watering, light requirements, fertilization, overwintering and more. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Best Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Not all herbs are equal under the harsh Arizona sun. Join Liz Lonetti to learn the 15 best herbs to grow here in the low desert. These include must-have flavors for your kitchen garden, like rosemary, oregano, basil, sage and thyme. Learn how to get the freshest flavors while saving money by growing your own essential herbs and avoiding the top 10 mistakes people make in an herb garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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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 Luana Vargas, ISA Board Certified Master Aborist. Limit 30.

Fall Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Seize the optimal conditions provided by autumn. Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic fall vegetable garden. The class covers planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to plant. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   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.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | Oct. 15, 22 | 6 - 8 p.m. OR
Wednesdays | Oct. 17, 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Note: Program contains two sequential sessions. Choose just one sequence; either Mondays OR Wednesdays.


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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Mondays | Nov. 5, 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Wednesdays | Nov. 7, 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Note: Program contains two sequential sessions. Choose just one sequence; either Mondays OR Wednesdays.


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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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 10 a.m. - Noon

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 Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 24 | 10 a.m. - 1 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 Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Advanced Studio
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 31 | 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 Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 31, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Heirloom Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Oct. 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Heirloom plants provide flavorful produce year after year, making them the anchors of a reliable garden. Identify the characteristics of varieties best suited for low desert gardens. Discover how having established heirlooms and trusty seeds guarantees a harvest as you experiment with more exotic choices as well. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Fall Containers
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Carol Stuttard in this hands-on workshop. Comeand learn how to use the key elements of design in container gardening. You supply the container, we supply the education, plants and soil, plus design tips and tricks to create a lovely container display. Participants need to bring their own 8 to 12 inch container. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Herbal Infusions
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | Oct. 28 | 2 - 4 p.m.

From tinctures to tonics, transform your homegrown herbs into beauty aids, nutrition boosters or gourmet teas. Handcraft your own herbal infusions from both dried and fresh plants as you learn how to source ingredients, create herbal formulas, and explore holistic health. Make your own samples to bring home and leave with your creations and the knowledge to make more for your friends and family. These make great gifts for any occasion. All materials included. Instructed by Kira Merrick. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Chile Ristras
Regular Price: $93.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Oct. 29 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the artistic potential of the chiles that inform the Southwest diet and its cultural aesthetic. String peppers to create your own hanging ristra strand, and discover how to take advantage of the desert climate to dry your hanging peppers for beautiful, long-lasting decorations. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 29, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Growing Cactus from Seed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Growing cactus plants from seed is rewarding, requires patience and an observant eye. Join Doug Dawson as he shares his many years of seed growing to learn the details to create successful germination. Learn a technique he has developed for amateurs without greenhouses, or those with limited time and space, using the red cup method. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Natural Desert Design
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes in the world. Learn how to create a nature-inspired landscape in your own yard by imitating elements of the natural desert. Landscape designer Erin Hutton explores plants and simple landforms that mimic real conditions to create a beautiful desert garden that requires little water and maintenance. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Harvesting and Preserving Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Although we often harvest herbs fresh for immediate use, having a preserved backup stash is handy too. Learn to turn your herbs into value-added products like salts, sugars, vinegars, bouquets garnis, teas or other herbal mixes. Use traditional recipes, then modify them for your own taste. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 6 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination. This class covers temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques for growing orchids, as well as varieties most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall from the Desert Valley Orchid Society. Limit 30.

Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 6 | 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 Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Macrame Plant Hanger
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Monday and Wednesday | Nov 12, 14 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to tie basic knots to create a macrame plant hanger that will bring a light, airy texture to your living space. In this class, you will weave a modern macrame plant hanger using rope strung with different assortments of beads. This woven plant hanger measures 68 inches long. Use the plant hanger to hold your favorite pot of succulents or houseplants. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Container Gardening: Succulents
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 14 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Explore the basics of growing succulents in containers for your patio and garden. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements of pots that will decorate your patio and add drama to your garden. Hands-on practice, materials and demonstrations are included. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, manager of the agavaceae, aloaceae and non-cactus succulent plant collections at the Garden. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   WAIT LIST

Pinot and Petals
Regular Price: $143.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Friday | Nov. 16 | 6 - 8 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. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Bromeliads: Dyckia and Hechtia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Nov. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Often confused with agave, dyckia and hechtia are terrestrial bromeliads related to the pineapple. Learn how to incorporate these lovely plants into your garden and how to maintain them. Growing them in your landscape is easy, in the ground or in pots. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Tree
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | Dec. 1 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Handcraft your own holiday decoration or handmade gift by creating a living succulent tree. Lynn Reves demonstrates how to adhere succulent cuttings to a tree frame to create a festive tabletop decoration for the holiday season. All materials included. Participants are encouraged to bring small items to decorate for a personalized touch. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations other have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Dec 1, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

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.