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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.

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

Backyard Makeover
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m. OR
Monday | Dec. 9 | 6 - 8 p.m. 


Discover all the potential of your own backyard, by learning landscape design trends, tips and plants to make your backyard a favorite destination for friends and family. Examine a few local case studies that demonstrate simple ideas and complete makeovers. Learn how to take advantage of every part of your outdoor space. Bring a photo or sketch of your yard for some quick ideas. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 12.

Kokedama String Garden
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Explore the Japanese gardening practice of kokedama. Popular with designers, decorators and feng shui practitioners, kokedama create a calm, beautifying, display of spherical hanging plants. Learn traditional methods and supplies used to create one kokedama sphere designed for indoor plants. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Nov 20, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. - Noon OR
Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 10 a.m. - Noon


Learn the traditional, meditative principles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Watch a demonstration by instructor Ping Wei, then make your own original, winter-inspired ikebana arrangements. Additional required materials list available with online listing. Limit 10.

Click here for additional required materials.

 

Front Yard Makeover
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 6 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Give your home's curb appeal a boost by learning how to add intriguing and inviting touches for a unique entry experience. Discuss plants, hardscape materials and design options, and how you can implement them into your own front yard.  Instructed by Landscape Designer Marie White.  Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday l Jan. 7 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. Learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees other than citrus in the low desert, when to plant and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization. Instructed by Steve Sheard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 7, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: January Home Landscape Design Series
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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This package covers Home Landscape Design Basics I and II in January 2020.
Package Deal: 
Register by Jan. 2 and receive a discount. 

Offer expires on Jan. 3. 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
Wednesdays | Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 | 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
Wednesdays | Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 | 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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January Session

Wednesdays | Jan. 8 and Jan 15 | 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. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Flora of Baja California
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 13 l 10 a.m. - Noon

The landscape of Baja can seem much like our desert here in Arizona, but with more varied dominant plants and climatic regions. Scott McMahon, the former cactaceae collections manager at Desert Botanical Garden, will discuss the various endemic plants of Baja including cardons, organ pipes and boojums. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 13, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Landscape Lighting
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Jan. 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

This class will focus on designing and engineering affordable, energy-efficient functional lighting that creates visually dramatic effects. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Pollinator Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Jan. 13 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Attracting pollinators to your garden is both enchanting and beneficial. Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and fascinating hummingbirds to your garden. Carol Stuttard will share tips about specific plants and their care. Limit 30. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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January Session

Wednesdays | Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 | 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. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Leafy Greens for Winter Salads
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | Jan. 24 | 10 a.m. - Noon

We are all familiar with lettuce and arugula, but what about bok choi, Swiss chard or even mizuna? Join gardener Carol Stuttard to learn about all of the many different wonderful leafy greens that can be easily grown for winter salads here in the low desert. All participants will get a chance to sow a small winter salad pot of their own to take home. Limit 30. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Fri, Jan 24, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Join beekeeper Dan Punch to learn about the different types of bees and their roles in the hive, the work and lifecycle of honeybees, how to construct hives and where to purchase equipment. There will be hands-on material and local honey samples. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 9:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

How to Grow a Tomato
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

You can grow juicy, succulent tomatoes right here in the Sonoran Desert. Learn which tomatoes-determinate or indeterminate, hybrids or heirlooms-you can grow and how to harvest them. Discover the many varieties of shapely, colorful tomatoes, including pear, plum, slicer, salad and cherry. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Feng Shui for the Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 1 – 3 p.m.

When your garden’s arrangement allows the flow of chi, the universal life-force in Chinese philosophy, it is said have good feng shui. In this class, landscape architect Liza Blank discusses basic principles and tools to create a beautiful, flowing garden environment, and how to apply the bagua, or energy map, through color and the five elements of feng shui for peace and tranquility. Limit 20.
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Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Wild Edibles
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to identify and when to harvest mesquite, ironwood, and paloverde trees and how to harvest and juice prickly pear cactus fruits. Sample desert food and drinks will be provided. Written harvesting instructions and recipes included. Instructed by Kelly Athena. Limit 30
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 2:30PM - 4:30PM   OPEN

Mediterranean Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to make a garden worthy of admiration with desert-adapted plants, trees and herbs. This class covers all the essential design elements of a Mediterranean garden, including water features, fireplaces, outdoor lighting, pergolas, walkway materials, wall treatments, dining areas and planting design. Whether you are starting with a blank slate for a new home or redoing your current yard, this class will help you add a villa vibe to all your outdoor living spaces. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Salsa Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Enjoy fresh-from-the-garden salsa as Carol Stuttard shows you how to grow a variety of ingredients used to make homemade salsa. She will give you tips on growing tasty tomatoes and tomatillos, onions, chilies and cilantro and the best time for harvesting. She will also discuss plant placement and arrangement, soil preparation and watering techniques. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. Learn how to control insects, tips for survival and pruning for maximum blooms. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 29, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Drip Design/Installation for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | February 1 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Learn how to best use drip irrigation to properly water residential vegetable & herb gardens and container plants. Find out about designing proper system zoning and specialty emission devices, as well as how the water supply connection to final water delivery will help water your plants as efficiently as possible. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.  
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Examine the basics of organic vegetable gardening and discuss the adaptability of plants while exploring genetically modified vegetables and their role in the environment. Plus, learn about vegetables that can be successfully grown in the desert. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

All Things Lavender
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 5 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. We will discuss uses, history, varieties, and how to harvest and store this amazing plant. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: February Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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This package covers Home Landscape Design Basics I and II in February 2020.
Package Deal: 
Register by Jan. 2 and receive a discount. 

Offer expires on Jan. 3. 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
Wednesdays | Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 | 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
Wednesdays | Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 | 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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February Session

Wednesdays | Feb. 5 and Feb 12 | 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. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Adeniums
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m. OR 4 - 6 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. Take home seeds. Limit 30.

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Feb. 10 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Learn how to select citrus varieties that will ensure fresh fruits for up to nine months.  Discuss correct planting techniques and suitable locations, how to properly water and fertilize citrus, and how to protect them from diseases, insects and harsh weather. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 10, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Irrigation Maintenance and Repair
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 15 | 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor Jeff Lee will show the components of your irrigation system, including drip, bubblers and sprinklers, that need to be maintained and the intervals in which it should be done. We will discuss inspecting the systems for leaks, all recommended maintenance practices, and modifying your system for effective watering, as well as the most common system malfunctions and repairs. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 15, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Best Bulbs for Desert Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 16 | 2 – 4 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 Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Spring Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Feb. 16 | 2 - 4 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your winter vegetable gardens, you need to start thinking about spring planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic spring vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful spring garden awaits. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 16, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Flowering All Year
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 10 a.m. – Noon

“AZ Plant Lady” Noelle Johnson shares her favorite plants that flower throughout most of the year, as well as tips for using plants with overlapping bloom seasons. Part of the class will be spent walking through the Garden looking at examples of year-round flowering plants. Limit 24. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Xeriscaping
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping that uses as many native, drought-resistant plants as possible and arranges them in efficient, water-saving ways. It does not mean “Zero-scaping” i.e. no plants at all.  Using the wonderful desert palette of SW native plants, a xeriscape garden can be very attractive, even in the heat of summer. Learn about the principles of Xeriscape gardening, as well as the wide variety of low water use plants that can and do grow well here. Instructed by Horticulturalist Carol Stuttard. Limit 24. 
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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February Session

Wednesdays | Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 | 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. Instructed by Liza Blank. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Fragrance Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Discover a selection of desert-adapted plants with pleasing aromas as well as colors, textures, and forms. Learn to create a sensory experience that lasts throughout the year. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Passion for Penstemon
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Delve into the wonderful wildflower world of Penstemon, sometimes known as beardtongues. Penstemon is a popular ornamental among plant enthusiasts due to its striking array of flower colors, numerous hybrids and cultivars, and small size. Explore which Penstemons can be grown in the low desert and how to care for them. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, assistant director of public horticulture at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 19 | 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. Learn 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 Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Herbal Tea Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Growing plants for herbal teas can benefit your health while adding beauty and fragrance to your garden. Learn which herbs, including chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips and peppermint, are perfectly suited for tea and thrive in the desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 24.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Grafting Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard discusses and demonstrates how you can have more fruit varieties through the use of various grafting and budding methods, including T-budding, bark and cleft grafting. This class also covers collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. Root-stock, scion wood, a grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Maximize Your Irrigation System
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 29 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to save money on your water bills and improve the efficiency of your irrigation system to have a healthy attractive landscape using less water. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 29, 2020 9:00AM - 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
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.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu