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.

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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.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Sept. 18 | 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.

Smart Irrigation Controllers
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Sept. 21 | 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 Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 21, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Plant Pots for Attracting Beneficial Critters
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Sept. 22 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Container gardens fill all those nooks and crannies in the landscape that are tough to cultivate. Explore how to make containers beautiful, productive, stylish and welcoming to hummingbirds, pollinators and beneficial insects. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Sep 22, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Root Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Sept. 23 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Discover the best route to growing root vegetables, from purple carrots and golden beets to watermelon radishes and rutabagas. Carol Stuttard covers heirloom varieties that are best suited to our low desert climate and soils. Class includes a free seed packet. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Outdoor Living Rooms
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Sept. 23 | 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, 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 Fall 2019: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays | Oct. 2, 9 | 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 Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays | Oct. 16, 23 | 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 Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 16, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Sea-Themed Succulent Garden
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 2 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The shapes and colors of succulents and cactus naturally lend themselves to an undersea scene. Learn how to arrange the right plants and materials to create a beautiful marine motif for a container or small space. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

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 John Eisenhower, Certified Arborist. Limit 25.

Cactus Dish Garden
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Saturday | Oct. 5 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn the tips and tricks to planting even the spiniest of cactus. Miniature specimens come with interesting growth habits and lots of different spine types. Explore ways of displaying them as an integrated collection or as a single specimen. Learn techniques and tools used to transplant them while keeping yourself and the cactus safe. Make your own tiny cactus garden and bring home your fabulous creation! Instructed by Lynn Reves. All materials provided and container may vary from the one pictured. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Oct 5, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Growing and Using Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | Oct. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Gardens of all sizes can play host to the culinary herbs used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. Learn how to grow and care for these useful plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Oct 12, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Oct. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

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. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Oct 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Native Wildflower Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Oct. 17 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Discover the best wildflowers for our low desert, when to plant them and how to care for them successfully to create a wonderful spring bloom that both you and native pollinators will love. Discuss annuals, perennials and shrubs, and take home your own wildflower seeds. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Festive Pinecone Wreath
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Oct. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Handcraft your own holiday decoration or handmade gift by creating a pinecone wreath. Lynn Reves shows how to create a stunning wreath using pinecones and other dried, desert materials. This wreath will make a statement adorning your front door this fall and holiday season. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Oct 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Bubbles and Blooms
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Sunday | Oct. 27 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This brunch combines the sparkle of mimosas and the fabulousness of fresh flowers. Learn the tips and tricks of professional floral designers, while enjoying a feast of brunch items like pastries, muffins, fruit, cheese and bloody marys. Seasonal flowers will be used for this fall class. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Oct 27, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM   OPEN

Raised Beds and Seasonal Planting
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Urban gardeners find raised beds an efficient way to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers in their landscape. Explore designs, set-up and planting ideas to bring fresh vegetables and herbs to your table all year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Oct 29, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Basic Bonsai
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Mondays | Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

This three-week class series covers basic techniques for turning a five-gallon nursery plant into a living piece of outdoor art. Join Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter as they share the essentials of styling a bonsai plum or lantana plant. In this hands-on class, learn to care for bonsai including shaping, watering and fertilizing. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Oct 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Landscaping for Small Spaces
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Make a big impact in a small space with innovative landscape designs for courtyards, side yards, entryways and balconies. Discover lots of creative ideas to get the best use out of the space you have. Bring a photo or drawing of your small space to share in class and get design ideas. Instructed by Marie White, landscape designer. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Garden Decorating: Paint Your Pot
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Monday | Nov. 4 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join Carol Stuttard as she discusses the pleasure of outdoor decorating and design, as well as inspirational ideas for reusing and repurposing salvaged materials. Discover creative uses for unusual plant containers, then create and take home your own garden art pot, complete with a succulent plant. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Nov 4, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Succulent Container Gardening
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 6 | 6 - 8 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 2019: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Edible Desert Landscape
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

An edible desert garden offers a multitude of benefits, including food for people and wildlife as well as shelter and shade. Growing an edible desert garden conserves water and energy. Learn how to design a garden with edible desert plants for year-round harvests of truly local produce. Instructed by Erin Hutton. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Nov 6, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Planting Bulbs for the Holidays
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Monday | Nov. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Bring the warm, bright cheer of spring into your winter home with indoor flowering bulbs. Growing bulbs to produce healthy, colorful blooms over the holidays is easily accomplished by any beginning gardener. Carol Stuttard shares the delights of bulbs such as amaryllis and paperwhites, as you create your own take-home holiday bulb display. Students should bring a plant container. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Backyard Makeover
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Nov. 18 | 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.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

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   (3 AVAIL)
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 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.
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 adult.