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.
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.

Cooking with Summer Vegetables
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 8 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Teresa Hansen demonstrates how to prepare quick, fresh summer vegetables including corn, cucumber, eggplant, summer squash and tomatoes. Taste the sensational flavors of summertime vegetables served as a side dish or complete meal as we explore various world flavors. Recipes include creamy corn soufflé with arugula, Thai spicy eggplant with sweet basil, cucumber caviar and more. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 8, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Awesome Tacos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | June 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take your next Taco Tuesday to new heights by trying some amazing taco fillings you may have never considered. Chef Terri Milligan shares her recipes for barbecue jackfruit tacos, vegetarian walnut tacos with nectarine and cherry salsa and Vietnamese banh mi street tacos. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Summertime Salsas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 22 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Spicy or mild, sweet or salty, fresh salsas can perk up any dish. Learn to make a variety of fresh salsas using fine knife work, a blender or a traditional molcajete. Participants will taste a variety of salsas. Instructed by Chef Maria Parra Cano. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 22, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Sugar Detox
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | June 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how to break free of a reliance on sugar and other empty calories and nourish your body with wholesome, guilt-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nutrient-rich recipes. We will cover recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 29, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Fig Obsession
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 20 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Figs thrive in Arizona, but few cooks take time to unlock their exquisite potential. They can be served raw atop a salad or glazed in sweet sauces for dessert. See Chef Maria Parra Cano transform these delicious, fibrous delicacies. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

French Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | July 21 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Classic French cooking is the traditional standard of culinary mastery. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates the basics for cooks looking to enter the world of haute cuisine. Learn a classic coq au vin, roasted asparagus with homemade hollandaise sauce and a simple French dessert of clafouti with fresh fruit with lavender-infused crème. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Cooking with Honey
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover how honey can be used for more than just a touch of added sweetness in your culinary creations. Join Chef Terri Milligan to learn how to make Moroccan chicken with mead (honey wine), apricots and almonds; citrus salad with orange-blossom honey vinaigrette; and bittersweet chocolate dipped honey lavender madelines. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Tue, Jul 23, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Cooking without Heat
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 1 - 3 p.m.

There’s no need to turn on the oven this summer. Learn to make Chef Terri Milligan’s favorite no-heat recipes, including raw zucchini and goat cheese lasagna; rainbow spiralized vegetable pad Thai; and coriander, carrot and fresh spinach nori rolls. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Natural Beauty
Regular Price: $128.00
Member Price: $102.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Hydrating Face Mists and Cool and Natural Face Masks by June 3 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Members: $102 | General Public: $128
Offer expires June 4. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Hydrating Face Mists
Saturday | Aug. 3 | 10 a.m. - Noon
You can get many of the same benefits of a face mask with a simple spritz from a face mist. Quick, refreshing and hydrating, mists perk up the skin any time of day. Learn to combine common ingredients to make your own at home. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Cool and Natural Face Masks
Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Reverse the heat and damage caused by the harsh Arizona sun with a few exfoliating face mask recipes. Learn to select and incorporate natural ingredients for a gentle cleanse. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Hydrating Face Mists
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 3 | 10 a.m. - Noon

You can get many of the same benefits of a face mask with a simple spritz from a face mist. Quick, refreshing and hydrating, mists perk up the skin any time of day. Learn to combine common ingredients to make your own at home. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Cool and Natural Face Masks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Reverse the heat and damage caused by the harsh Arizona sun with a few exfoliating face mask recipes. Learn to select and incorporate natural ingredients for a gentle cleanse. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 17 | 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert’s bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leathers. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 17, 2019 7:30AM - 10:30AM   WAIT LIST

No Bake Healthy Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 18 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Be amazed by the world of quick-and-healthy no-bake desserts. Learn how to make healthier desserts without sacrificing flavor by using natural sweeteners, fresh fruit and healthier fats. Recipes include key lime pie mousse, chocolate cherry truffles and more. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Spectacular Summer Brunch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 24 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take some time this summer to perfect a few classic brunch recipes. Watch and sample as Chef Maggie Norris prepares eggs Benedict, chorizo grits casserole, coffee cake muffins and broccoli salad. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Simple Summer Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Aug. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

With long days and warm nights, life slows down in the summer. Learn a few simple recipes that pair perfectly with the pace of the summer days, like salmon with cucumber-yogurt sauce and carrot salad, curried cashew and grape salad, open-face steak sandwiches with sun-dried tomato pesto and a BLT chopped salad. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Tue, Aug 27, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Vegan Wanderlust
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to cut out animal products without sacrificing flavor by learning vegan recipes from around the world. You’ll learn to make gluten-free vegetable pakoras, Korean japchae glass noodle salad, Turkish zucchini fritters with preserved lemon-flavored yogurt and farro risotto with shitakes and sweet corn. Instructed by Terri Milligan. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

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.