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.
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

All cooking classes are demonstration only, and participants enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chefs.

Package Deal: Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $120.00
Member Price: $92.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a discount when you register for all of the classes in the series by November 29, 2019 Offer expires Nov.30. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price.

Sundays | 8 - 9 a.m. | Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Members: $92 | General Public: $120

Be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sunlit warmth of the early morning or evening. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Dec 1, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Open your body, unfold your breath, awaken your mind and begin a new day in the beautiful Garden setting. Reap the holistic benefits of deep breathing and supported floor postures, and greet the coming week feeling limber, centered and energized. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga and Wellness. Limit 30.

Package Deal: Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $120.00
Member Price: $92.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Nov. 29, 2019. Offer expires Nov. 30. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price.

Thursdays | 8 - 9 a.m. | Dec. 5, 12, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

Members: $92 | General Public: $120

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.

 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Dec 5, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. Limit 30.

Package Deal: Sundown Tai Chi
Regular Price: $120.00
Member Price: $92.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Nov. 29, 2019. Offer expires Nov. 30. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price.

Mondays | Dec. 2, 9, 16, Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17

Members: $92 | General Public: $120

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses yin and yang. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Yuri Grevstev. Limit 30.

 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Dec 2, 2019 5:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Sundown Tai Chi
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Take advantage of the Garden's natually tranquil evenings as you find you unwind and calm yourself from the inside out. The movements of Tai Chi improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather.Instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. Limit 30.

Autumn Tarts and Pies
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday | Nov. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m. OR
Wednesday | Nov. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m.


Learn Chef Terri’s techniques to make perfect fall pies and tarts. You’ll learn how to make a French pâté brisée crust for a variety of delicious pies and tarts, both sweet and savory. Recipes will include her autumn harvest pie filled with pears, apples and cranberries; a pumpkin mile-high meringue pie and a savory butternut squash and caramelized onion tart. Instructed by Terri Milligan. Limit 12.

Refreshing Spa Kit
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | Dec. 1 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Making body scrubs, clay masks and foot soaks is easy once you know the basic ingredients. Learn about the different types of oils that create luxurious, moisturizing scrubs. Explore different clays for facial masks and learn how to create soothing foot baths. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Dec 1, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Stress Management
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Monday | Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join trained herbalist Kerry Amann to review and experience a number of stress management tools to use and customize to make your own. Will discuss herbs, meditation, sound relaxation, journaling, and more. This class will include hands-on activities. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Dec 2, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Comforting Soups
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Dec. 12 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will share some of her favorite soup recipes as well as information about various types of stocks. Learn delicious recipes for miso soba noodle soup with eggplant meatless meatballs, Moroccan spiced butternut squash soup with coconut crème, wild rice sweet potato soup and corn chowder. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Dec 12, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Vegetarian Comfort Food
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 7 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy comfort food vegetarian style. Chef Terri Milligan will share some of her favorites: sweet potato quinoa and black bean enchilada casserole, orzo spinach feta bake, root vegetable tagine with pomegranates, Italian farro, sweet corn and wild mushroom skillet. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 

Brain Health: Build Your Life Story
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday | Jan. 11 | 2- 4 p.m.

There is a special part of the brain that is in charge of helping you be you! This brain asset, the “default network,” holds your personal memories and your life story, and is where Alzheimer’s disease and depression strike. This workshop offers: an overview of default network’s importance to brain health, memory, and vitality, a self-assessment and toolkit to take charge of the next chapter of your life story, a copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training, and a personal story plan to help your story and your default network get better with age. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 30.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 11 | 1 - 3 p.m.

To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of family gatherings and fall in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare the delicious masa, meats and sauces that bring tamales to life. Vegan option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Chef Maria Parra Cano. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 11, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Introduction to Herbal Remedies
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | Jan. 12 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This class will cover herbal actions, delivery systems, how to choose high quality herbs, and more. Get ready for a lot of smelling, tasting, and herbal insights. Takeaways include handouts, recipes, and samples. Instructed by trained herbalist Kerry Amann. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 12, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Craft Chocolate Making 101
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday | Jan. 20 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A deep dive into the world of craft chocolate! Experience a demonstration & discussion of micro-batch “bean-to-bar” craft chocolate making. Learn how cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate and discover the world of natural flavors that can be found in craft chocolate. Learn about the differences between “Industrial Chocolate” and Ethically-Sourced craft chocolate. Includes sampling of freshly roasted cocoa nibs, chocolate liquor (100% cacao; no sugar) & a guided tasting of single-origin dark chocolates. Experience the Chocolate Flavor Wheel. Instructed by Jim & Maureen Elitzak. Limit 24.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 20, 2020 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Freezer-Friendly Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Ride the next wave of meal-making momentum through a whole week's worth of prep with a new set of recipes fit for the freezer. Chef Maggie Norris discusses ingredients that freeze well and how long to really keep them frozen. Discover recipes for “not your mother’s” meatloaf, mac and cheese, twice baked potatoes and chicken noodle soup. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Easy Italian Cheeses
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 28 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate how to make ricotta, mascarpone and fresh mozzarella. The cheeses will be incorporated into delicious recipes.  Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 28, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Winter Weather Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 1 – 3 p.m.

Get cozy from the inside out with a few tried-and-true winter favorites. Chef Maggie Norris creates and shares a dish of roasted carrots, onions and fennel with mint; mashed potato casserole with sage and fontina cheese and pepita-crusted seared trout. Wrap up the seasonal session with pumpkin bread pudding and caramel sauce. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Risotto and Gnocchi
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Feb. 6 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Risotto and gnocchi are Italian favorites. Learn the tricks to making a perfect risotto and a fluffy gnocchi in Chef Terri Milligan’s demonstration class.  Observe how to prepare a savory rosemary and mint-infused asparagus and mascarpone risotto as well as a sweet dessert version of risotto. Then watch Chef Terri prepare sweet potato gnocchi finished in a maple pecan and cinnamon butter. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 6, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Sleep and Digestion
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday | Feb. 9 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about  a number of herbs used to support sleep and digestion from Kerry Amann, clinical herbalist. Explore  herbal actions, delivery systems and how to choose high quality herbs.  Experience tasting, touching, smelling herbs and take recipes and a few samples home. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Modern Moroccan
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn to use the many colorful spices of Morocco in this flavorful class by Chef Terri Milligan. Learn to make homemade preserved lemons, chicken and olive tagine with preserved lemons, lamb chops with Moroccan mint barbeque sauce and jeweled turmeric couscous with dried fruit, nuts and fresh herbs. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Flatbreads and Quickbreads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Flatbreads and Quickbreads
Thursday | Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Flatbreads and quick breads are great starter breads for beginning bread bakers. No proofing yeast involved! Learn Chef Terri Milligan’s recipes for chapati with carrot miso butter, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil bread, wild rice and berry muffins and no-knead herb focaccia. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 27, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 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.
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