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.

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.

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.

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.

Vegetarian Comfort Food
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Jan. 16 | 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.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

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   WAIT LIST

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   WAIT LIST

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   WAIT LIST

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   (7 AVAIL)

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   (4 AVAIL)

Winter Weather Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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***This class date has been updated**

Sunday | Feb. 9 | 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: Sun, Feb 9, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 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   WAIT LIST

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   (6 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