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.

Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you begin your weekend 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.

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is an ancient meditative art that focuses on connecting body, mind and spirit to enhance health and well-being. Be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. 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: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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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.

Global Small Bites
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 6 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Tapas. Hor d'oeurves. Pupu platters. Countless cultures around the world have come up with their own bite-sized dishes of deliciousness. Take a stab (with a toothpick) at a few of Chef Terri Milligan's far-flung favorites, including red wine-braised chorizo bites, stuffed grape leaves, steamed dim sum with ginger ponzu dipping sauce and curry vegetable fritters with lime yogurt. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 6, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cooking for the Week
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | March 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cooking your own meals lets you be the master of your dietary health. Learn to plan and execute a wholesome menu for the week to build your overall quality of life. Chef Maria Cano shares great tips and recipes to get the bulk of your preparation done in one day. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Mar 26, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Spring into Salads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | March 30 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Spring brings an abundance of fresh veggies, making it the perfect season to make salads as sides or centerpieces of the meal. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Mar 30, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Your Brain on Food
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | April 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.

We often forget that one of the simplest solutions to stress and mental lows is good food. Learn about the connection between diet and mental health, and gain tips for eating with brain health in mind. Instructed by Dr. Christy Alexon. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, Apr 2, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Tibetan Singing Bowls
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Get in touch with the meditative and even healing powers of Tibetan singing bowls. Experiment with the range of pulsating tones, which some believe can restore vibratory frequencies at the cellular level and throughout our nervous system. Try them for yourself and feel increased harmony in body and mind as you use sound and vibration to induce a state of relaxation and focus. All bowls used in this class are Fair Trade Certified and hand-hammered in Nepal. Participants should bring favorite blanket or mat and pillow. Instructed by Water Shepherd. Limit 30.

Spices and Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | April 7 | 1 - 3 p.m.

The oldest culinary traditions tell us that spice and flavor go together, yet many of us leave heat out of our cooking. Learn how to incorporate a few traditional Mexican spices with Chef Maria Cano. Watch and taste along as she creates.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon

A dash of salt, a splash of oil, a couple common herbs-simple ingredients for relaxing baths and supple skin can be found right in our cupboards and backyards. Join Lynn Reves as she teaches you recipes to create bath salts, teas and fizzes sure to relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Handcrafted Soaps
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to use the melt and pour process to make handcrafted soaps infused with scents from natural flowers and herbs. Handcrafted soaps contain moisturizing glycerin, butters or oils and are free of harsh preservatives and other chemicals that can be irritating to skin. A variety of fresh and dried herbs, clays and essential oils will be provided to customize your soaps. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 11, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Cooking Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | April 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

When cooking seafood it's often sink or swim. Chef Maggie Norris throws floundering cooks a lifesaver as she demonstrates a few classic techniques for working with your favorite aquatic ingredients. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp to that succulent sweet spot. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Homemade: Cheese
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | April 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

With a little guidance, you can master the traditional art of cheesemaking, starting with ricotta, montrachet and fresh mozzarella. Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes flatbread with lemon basil ricotta and roasted carrots, fresh mozzarella with spaghetti squash and tomato and roasted beet and arugula salad with fresh montrachet.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Meatless Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 4 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Studies have found that going vegetarian can help you live longer. Take a step toward longevity by subbing in high-protein veggies, grains and legumes with a few simple, palette-expanding recipes. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Root of the Matter
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Root vegetables absorb vitamins from the soil that we can wring out onto our plates. Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates an earthy array of recipes that squeeze the flavors and nutrients from root vegetables. Dig in as she dishes out roasted garlic, cauliflower and celeriac bisque, roasted root vegetable tatin and roasted beet cupcakes with beet cream cheese frosting. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mother's Day Brunch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | May 7 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Let's celebrate our mothers with a fantastic Mother's Day brunch. Chef Maggie Norris prepares a spring vegetable and goat cheese dip and panko-crusted crab cakes with roasted pepper and chive aioli. Savor a delightful snap pea and arugula salad with burrata cheese, and finish the day with a luscious lemon-soufflé pudding cake. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, May 7, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Essential Oils and Spritzers
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz for a fun and relaxing afternoon workshop exploring essential oils, how they work, and how best to use them. In this introductory class, discuss and experience a variety different essential oils and make your own aromatherapy spritzer to take home for peace and clarity. Felicia is a certified holistic aromatherapist, who blends her indigenous wisdom with modern modalities such as aromatherapy and creating blends useful for everyday living. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Best of Broccoli
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | May 18 | 1 - 3 p.m.

It's a bird..it's a plane..it's broccoli the superfood! One of the healthiest vegetables we can eat, broccoli can be the hero of any dish, or play sidekick to the main course. Chef Maggie Norris will show you how to prepare roasted and charred broccoli with peanuts, a quick, easy broccoli cheese soup, broccoli coleslaw with bacon, and share a recipe for a spicy, stir-fried broccoli raab with chicken and peanuts. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Artisanal Ice Creams
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | May 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn to transform your kitchen into a gourmet ice cream parlor by making your own artisanal cone or bowl from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Natalie Melkonoff gives you the scoop on all the basics of mixing and chilling homemade ice cream with a variety of recipes utilizing local flavors and classic favorites. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Sun, May 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Cold Soups
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | May 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cold soups are a refreshing way to turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Terri Milligan will demonstrate a variety of amazing cold soups to add to your repertoire, including mango spacho, sweet corn and Yukon potato vichyssoise, avocado and green curry bisque and blueberry lavender soup with lemon sorbet. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Tue, May 21, 2019 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 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.