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.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
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.
Children, Family & Educators
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.

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 Grevstev. Limit 30.

The Art of Mole
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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DATE CHANGE: Tuesday l Sept. 18 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn to make mole from scratch with Chef Maria Cano as she toasts chilies, whole spices and other fresh ingredients, then simmers them into flavorful mole poblano. Taste the diversity of moles, including mole dulce, pipian rojo and mole verde. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 18, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Ceviche Three Ways
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday l Sept. 25 l 6 - 8 p.m.

How do you ceviche? Chef Maria Cano demonstrates three ways to "cook" the catch of the day in savory citrus marinades. A Latin American favorite that has steadily swum inland through the States, ceviche is the perfect stepping stone into more adventurous eating. Serve it as tapas or make it the centerpiece of a meal and watch your guests pucker up with pleasure. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Homemade Power Bars
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday l Sept. 29 l 1 - 3 p.m.

Watch and taste as Teresa Hansen packs wholesome ingredients into a flavorful bar designed to propel you through the day. Learn which grains, nuts and fruits to combine for the right balance of nutrition and flavor. Perfect for breakfast on the go or as victory victuals on a mountain summit, these bars beg to be baked in big batches. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Poke Bowls
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday l Sept. 30 l 1 - 3 p.m.

A freshly imported dish from the Hawaiian Islands, poke (pronounced poh-kay) features fat morsels of raw fish-usually marinated ahi tuna-served over a generous portion of rice. Join Chef Terri Milligan to learn tips for making homemade poke bowls that pop. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Sep 30, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

The Art of Meatballs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 9 | 4 - 6 p.m.

There's no pasta party without the belle of the ball-the spicy meat ball. Maggie Norris demonstrates how to load your meatballs with herbal flavors that will explode across the plate. Bear witness to a mouthwatering marriage of meat and marinara. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Mesoamerican and South American Oils
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday l Oct. 6 l 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in this introduction to the essential oils of Mesoamerica and South America, focusing on aromatics that have been used for generations in healing and ceremony. Experience essential oils, woods, resins and more, and create your own personalized calming blend to take home. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Corn Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday l Oct. 13 l 1 - 3 p.m.

Maize, or corn, has been an integral part of the diets of the people of the Southwest since ancient times. Learn about Native culture and cuisine with Chef Maria Cano and the use of blue corn as a staple in Native cuisine. Learn how to make blue corn tamales with calabacitas, a dish consisting of seasonal squash and sweet corn, and New Mexican red chile sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Pho
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

When waves of Vietnamese people came to the United States through the past century, they brought their national noodle dish: pho. Loaded with veggies and herbs, the noodle soup packs a dynamic flavor profile full of nuances to savor. Study one recipe's simple steps and find places were you can improvise and spice up your own bowls at home. Instructed by Maria Cano. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Dairy-free Recipes
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Whether you are lactose intolerant or simply looking to bypass nonessential fats, you can learn to make your favorite meals with excellent dairy substitutes. From dairy-mimicking products like Veganaise to cheese workarounds like nutritional yeast, there is a trove of tricks for keeping dishes rich and creamy withoutthe cow. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Vegetarian Peruvian
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Peruvian dishes are diverse and unexpected. The food is underpinned by Incan origins, which are still evident today, particularly in the use of corn, potatoes and chiles. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz discusses various dishes influenced by centuries of immigration from other cultures that have all played a part in what we now know as Peruvian food. Demonstrations in this class include chicha morada, papa a la Huancaina and ceviche de mango. This is class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain: Rejuvenation
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 23 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Rediscover the lost art of rejuvenation through a mix of modern science and time-honored lifestyle choices. Learn to freeze your body's physical decline and boost cognitive health as Phyllis Strupp discusses topics, including telomeres, gut bacteria, neuroplasticity, vagal tone and the power of positive mindsets. You will take away a Personal Rejuvenation Plan to get better with age from the inside out. Class includes a copy of the book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training." Limit 20.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 23, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Cooking with Exotic Fruits
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Oct. 28 | 1 - 3 p.m.

You have seen these strange looking fruits as you stroll down the aisle of your local specialty food store, but you probably have no idea what to do with them. Tempt your palate with the unusual flavors of dragon fruit, lychee, jackfruit and more. Chef Terri Milligan prepares jackfruit Vietnamese summer rolls with hoisin peanut sauce, lychee paneer tikka masala with cilantro and basil, a dragon fruit coconut milk smoothie plus an additional recipe based on seasonal exotic fruits Chef Terri finds at the market! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Gourmet Squash
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The appearance of colorful autumn squash at local farmers markets is a sure sign fall is here. Chef Terri Milligan discusses the many types of autumn squash including, including how to select, prepare and store them. Learn to create roasted winter squash and ginger pear bisque; autumn salad with maple roasted squash; quinoa and kale with a pumpkin seed vinaigrette; and an ancient grain, wild rice and dried fruit stuffed autumn squash. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Tamales exemplify the culture and tradition that shaped modern Mexican cuisine. 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. This class is demonstration only. No vegetarian option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Flat Breads
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 13 | 4 - 6 p.m.

From pitas to pizza crusts, flat breads act like a canvases for countless combinations of artful sauces, toppings and fillings. Fortunately, they are less finicky to make than other breads that require time and rise-but smell and taste just as good. Join Chef Maggie Norris for a flat bread master class. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Epicurean Autumn Pasta
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Autumn is the perfect time to cozy up with a savory bowl of pasta. Chef Terri Milligan will prepare fall pasta dishes, including three-cheese truffle mac and cheese; homemade fettuccine with cauliflower, capers and mustard brown butter; and orecchiette with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onion. She will also demonstrate how to make your own homemade pasta and use it in the fettuccine recipe. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Edible Flowers and Floral Flavors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Nov. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Cooking with flowers adds color and a subtle hint of flavor. Learn to select and grow edible flowers. Watch Chef Terri Milligan create a caramelized flower and mint angel food cake, herbes de Provence encrusted salmon with saffron nasturtium chardonnay sauce and an edible petal and fresh green salad with champagne vinaigrette and lavender glazed pecans, plus an additional recipe based on available flowers. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Nov 17, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Spa Kit
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Dec. 8 | 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the different types of botanicals and oils that create luxurious botanical clay masks, a stress-relieving foot soak and sugar scrubs. Learn how to package them for gifts and create tags just in time for the holidays. Take away recipes for different natural and preservative-free masks, scrubs and soaks so you can replicate these spa treats at home. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30AM   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.