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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.

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   (3 AVAIL)

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

Winter-inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Feb. 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon or 1 - 3 p.m. 

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.

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Vegetable Gardening Month by Month
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Mar. 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Subtle changes in sun and soil bring new growing opportunities each month. Learn techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across each page of the calendar, gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor all year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 24.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 2, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Cactus and Succulents from Seed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Mar. 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Growing cacti and succulent plants from seed is rewarding but requires patience and an observant eye. Join Doug Dawson as he shares his many years of seed-growing knowledge to learn the nuances of successful germination. Learn a technique he has developed for amateurs without greenhouses and those with limited time and space. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Orchids
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | Mar. 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Orchids are unrivaled in their exquisite beauty and endless fascination. In this class, participants will learn the importance of temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques to successfully grow orchids. We will also discuss which orchids are most likely to thrive indoors. Instructed by Bev Tall, Desert Valley Orchid Society.

Session Spring 2020: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Installing Pavers
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday | Mar. 14 | 1 - 4 p.m. AND
Sunday | Mar. 15 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Learn how to properly install pavers for a patio or walkway utilizing the ICPI guidelines. Tom Hulsebos will guide you through a two-day class covering the step-by-step process of layout and paver installation including information on correct procedures and safety. Day two will be a hands-on paver installation requiring digging, wheelbarrow use, and lifting paver stones. Limit 15.
Class entails moderate lifting and physical activity. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, closed-toed shoes and bring a hat, water and gloves.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Mar 14, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Growing Milkweed
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday l Mar. 16 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Asclepias, or milkweeds, are known to be important host plants for the queen and monarch butterfly larvae. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. In this class, you will learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed will be provided. Instructed by Natalie Melkonoff. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Simple Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

As you enjoy the bountiful harvest from your spring vegetable gardens, it’s imperative to start thinking about summer planting. Horticulturist Carol Stuttard teaches you how to grow your own healthy, organic summer vegetable garden, including planning, soil preparation, varieties to plant and, most importantly, the right time to get seeds in the ground. A successful summer garden awaits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Landscape for Privacy
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
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Monday | Mar. 23 | 6 - 8:30 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 Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Planting A Desert Moonlight Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | March 26 | 6 - 8 p.m. 

Do you know how to make your garden light up at night? The answer (and this is not a trick question!) is to create a moonlight garden. Cultivating one is a great way to get in touch with nature and it provides a beautiful and fragrant desert experience, so different from the daytime one. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Permaculture Workshop
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Mar. 29 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join Dr. Scott Cloutier of the ASU School of Sustainability and Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing to learn and interact with the design principles of permaculture. Gain insights into working in harmony with nature to create a sustainable system in your yard, community, and our planet. Find out the best zones for growing and learn a thoughtful approach for creating garden features with multiple functions to promote sustainability and happiness. We will also discuss some of the healing properties of plants along with ways we can interact with them to enhance their healing potential and our connection to nature.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Bonsai for Beginners
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Mondays | Mar. 30, April 6 AND April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

When the plants you love are too big for your garden, try them as miniature bonsai creations! Guided by Phoenix Bonsai Society instructors and your imagination, you will learn how to turn a plant into a living piece of art. This three-part class covers the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Instructed by Elsie Andrade and Ernie Hasan. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
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Monday | Mar. 30 | 6 - 8:30 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, structural elements and local case studies. Bring your wish list of outdoor activities to get additional ideas. Instructed by landscape designer Marie White. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 6:00PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday l April 1 l 6 - 8 p.m.

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 ISA certified Arborist Rebecca Senior. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 1, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Petscaping
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Friday | April 3 | 10 a.m. - noon

Join Jason Isenberg, owner and award-winning designer at REALM, as he explores creative ways to develop lovely landscapes that serve both pets and people.  With a focus on organic approaches, learn about dog dig pits, tortoise habitats, feline entertainment areas, pet waste composting, paw-friendly surfaces, non-toxic plant selections and more. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Spring-Inspired Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | April 4 | 10 a.m. - noon

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 instructor Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, spring-inspired ikebana arrangements. Limit 12.
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Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 4, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Garden Mythbusters
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 6 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Is a layer of rocks at the bottom of a container a good idea? Can watering plants on a sunny day burn their leaves?  Do desert plants require daily watering in summer? Should you amend a heavy desert soil with sand or gypsum to increase drainage?  Which garden products actually perform as their ads claim they do, and which may be a waste of money?   Separate fact from fiction regarding many popular gardening products and practices in this eye-opening class on common gardening myths. Instructed by Tracy Rhodes. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Deciduous Fruits
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 6 | 6 - 8 p.m.    

There are a number of juicy, deciduous fruit varieties that can be grown in the desert southwest.  We will explore some of the more popular varieties and include a discussion about how to select, plant, and care for the trees.  Problems that sometimes arise will be addressed. Instructed by Richard Gibson of the U of A Pinal County Cooperative Extension. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | April 7 | 10 a.m. - noon

A variety of culinary herbs are used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. We can grow many of these herbs in our gardens and on our patios. Come learn how to grow and care for plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Apr 7, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Compost 101
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Composting creates a sustainable environment for microorganisms to decompose landscape waste and food scraps, transforming them into black gold for your garden. Hot or cold, quick or slow, contained or open—composts come in all sorts of styles. Find the one that’s right for you. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Gardening for the Birds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

”AZ Plant Lady” Noelle Johnson teaches how to supply food, shelter and other essentials for a desert bird habitat. Learn how to brighten your garden with long-blooming plants that will provide an explosion of birdseed and fruits. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Review basics such as site selection, garden layout and design, optimizing harvest by using local planting calendars, soils, soil prep and fertilizing. Learn planting and harvesting tips to get you started this fall; the best time for great leafy greens and hearty root crops. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Building with Natural Materials
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | April 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Have you ever considered using natural materials to build structures in your yard, or even a house? Join Dr. Scott Cloutier of the ASU School of Sustainability and Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing to learn about how to use the resources right under our feet to build. Learn about creating cob ovens, homes and other natural material creations. We will explore the roles that these structures, and the mindsets needed to build them, could play in our personal and family health, community wellbeing, and society at large.
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Succulent Container Gardening
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Monday | April 27 | 2 - 4 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 Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Salsa Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | April 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

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 Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Spring 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 Spring 2020.
Package Deal: 
Register by March 27 and receive a 10% discount. 

Offer expires on March 28. 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 | April 27 and May 4 | 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 | May 11 and May 18 | 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 Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

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

Mondays | April 27 and May 4 | 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 Spring 2020: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Thursday | April 30 | 1 - 3 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 2020: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

The Art and Science of Interior Plantscaping
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Saturdays | May 2 and May 9 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Designing with plants is an art, maintaining plants is a science.  Students will learn how to use plants in interior design as well as how to keep them looking great.  Selected plants will be identified and demonstrated as to their use in particular design themes such as minimalist, mid-century modern and elegant. Students will design and plant a dish garden to take home with them. Instructed by Cindy Odgers. Limit 20. 

Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 2, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Aromatherapy Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | May 4 | 10 a.m. - noon

Learn how to infuse your outdoor space with wonderful scented plants that are easy to grow, even in our harsh desert climate. Discover the aromatherapy uses of these plants, as well as how to grow, maintain and harvest them. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Mon, May 4, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | May 6 | 6 - 8 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 Spring 2020: Wed, May 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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May Session
Monday | May 11 and May 18 | 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 Spring 2020: Mon, May 11, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

The ABCs of Landscape Watering
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 23 | 9 a.m. - noon

Learn tips and methods to overcome the challenges of proper watering in the desert climate, based on your plants and irrigation system. Gain hands-on experience setting irrigation controllers, using all of the options and features to deliver the right amount of water to your landscape. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 23, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Smart Irrigation Controllers
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | May 30 | 9 a.m. - noon

Weather changes daily, but that doesn’t mean you have to reprogram your irrigation controller every day. Instead, you can simply get a new smart irrigation controller that makes automatic adjustments to ensure your yard receives just what it needs. Learn how these high-tech controllers operate and how to choose the one that will work best for you. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 30, 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