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.
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | May 23 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Unlock the editing and organizing power of the more advanced Adobe Photoshop® Elements Editor. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take images to the next level. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 23, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Thursday | May 30 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Build on your editing skills to create sophisticated, professional-quality prints and digital images that you will be proud to share. Focus on how to use the more advanced Editor workspace to fine-tune your images, fix exposure problems and add creative touches to finish your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Thu, May 30, 2019 5:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Travel Photography
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | June 6 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to document your next travel adventure like a pro. Discover which equipment will get the job done without taking up valuable space in your luggage. With Robert McBride’s world-wise guidance, you will head into your next trip with new skills and a more artful eye. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jun 6, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Go beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy smartphone by unlocking the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning nature photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed and Instagram apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Storytelling through Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | June 15 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Elevate your photography from everyday snapshots to dynamic and engaging visual stories. Scott English Milam breaks down examples of the main photographic elements that make up visual storytelling, and shares tips and tricks for shooting on the fly. All photography levels are welcome. Students should have a working knowledge of basic camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is includedClick here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l June 29 l 9 a.m. - Noon

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad, and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 29, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday l July 13 l 9 a.m. - Noon

Continue building your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 13, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | July 24 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday l July 29 l 7 - 9 p.m.

Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and, unfortunately, new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will erase the graininess from iPhone or iPad photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 29, 2019 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography
Regular Price: $338.00
Member Price: $270.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both classes by June 3 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Offer expires June 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

An Introduction
Thursday | July 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join Joanne West on an in-class journey exploring the opportunities of photographing the red rocks and pristine waters of Oak Creek, which flows through the heart of Sedona. Learn general photographic techniques, and how to use natural light to capture the moonrise and sunset in this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners.

In the Field
Monday | July 15 | 1 - 9:30 p.m.
Follow Joanne West and John Marino into the field to hike and photograph Oak Creek Canyon at Crescent Moon Ranch. Explore creative techniques to capture the lush environment from general photographic skills and equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. As a bonus, a full moon will be rising over Cathedral Rock at dusk. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Click here for required equipment.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: An Intro
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | July 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Joanne West and John Marino on an in-class journey exploring the opportunities of photographing the red rocks and pristine waters of Oak Creek, which flows through the heart of Sedona. Learn general photographic techniques, and how to use natural light to capture the moonrise and sunset in this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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Monday | July 15 | 1 - 9:30 p.m.

Follow Joanne West and John Marino into the field to hike and photograph Oak Creek Canyon at Crescent Moon Ranch. Explore creative techniques to capture the lush environment from general photographic skills and equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. As a bonus, a full moon will be rising over Cathedral Rock at dusk. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jul 15, 2019 1:00PM - 9:30PM   WAIT LIST

Capturing Sunsets and Lightning
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

During the summer monsoon season sunsets glow with vibrant colors that photographers dream about and the Garden offers a great vantage point to capture them. Learn the best settings and techniques for photographing sunsets with instructor Joanne West and then use the Garden for a hands-on sunset shoot session. Weather permitting we may be fortunate to capture lightning as well. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Beyond Postcard Snapshots
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 8 - 10:30 a.m.

Take your nature photography to new artistic levels with techniques and coaching from professional art photographer Joanne West. Learn how to use reflections, shadows, leading lines, color combinations and other tips to help your vision stand out. Class includes some practice in the Garden. All camera users welcome. Experience with your basic camera settings is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 8:00AM - 10:30AM   (8 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 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.