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 and awaken your mind as you begin your 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.

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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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: $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.

Healthy Steamed Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Sept. 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will show you how to properly clean banana leaves and cut parchment paper then use them to wrap and steam salmon, cod and shrimp. Recipes include banana leaf-wrapped Thai cod with cilantro, mint and lime; a parchment-steamed salmon with asparagus, shitake mushrooms and fresh ginger and lemongrass coconut shrimp with noodles. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Its Not Easy Being Green
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Sept. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Explore and taste greens from around the world. Combined with grains and beans, greens are the perfect color and taste to add to your plate. Go green and enjoy Asian greens, Italian greens and good, ‘ole American greens with recipes, cooking tips and delicious samples. Instructed by Chef Larry Canepa. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Taste of Provence
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Sept. 24 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy a taste of the French region of Provence at this demonstration only class taught by Chef Terri Milligan. Delight in a roasted shallot madeleine, warm citrus and herb marinated olives, herbes de Provence-roasted salmon Niçoise and a dessert of lavender pound cake with citrus glaze. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Sep 24, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

The Wonderful World of Chocolate
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Sept. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chocolate is a versatile ingredient that can be used in everything from classic desserts to soups and entrees. Learn how to work with different types of chocolate then watch Chef Terri Milligan create a variety of her favorite chocolate based dishes. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Sep 26, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Indigenous Foods for Overall Health
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Sept. 28 | 1 - 3 p.m.

From herbal teas to foods in the desert, Chef Maria will discuss family remedies and how indigenous foods can be used as medicine to help manage diabetes and hypertension. Instructed by Chef Maria Parra Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 28, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Ancient Grains for a Modern World
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 2 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Grains are known as the building blocks of breads and other baked goods, but you might be surprised by their many other uses throughout history. Watch, taste and learn as Chef Larry Canepa creates appetizers made from quinoa, millet, amaranth, teff, freekeh and his famous nine-grain dish. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Tibetan Singing Bowls
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Oct. 5 | 9 - 10 a.m. OR
Sunday | Nov. 17 | 9 - 10 a.m.


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.

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Oct. 5 | 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 Fall 2019: Sat, Oct 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Pamper Yourself with Pumpkin
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday | Oct. 6 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Pumpkins are full of fantastic nutrients, but did you know they contain a myriad of beneficial enzymes and vitamins that benefit the skin? Get hands-on as you explore a few recipes for preservative-free scrubs, masks and moisturizing applications. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Oct 6, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Cooking with Autumn Squash
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Oct. 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan gives a squash “show and tell” while turning these autumn gems into delicious soups, entrées and even desserts. Learn all about the types of autumn squash including heirloom varieties. Chef Terri will also provide her secrets on the best way to store, cook and freeze squash. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Conquering Exotic Fruits
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 22 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan will help you conquer your jackfruit fears and more. Learn how to break down a whole jackfruit then use it in a variety of recipes. You’ll also learn about and taste a variety of other exotics like dragon fruit, rambutan and lychee. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Oct 22, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 22 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn five key brain areas that need exercise and some fun and fulfilling activities to work them. Leave the program with a personal neuroplasticity plan to help your brain get better with age. Class includes a copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Oct 22, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Teaching: Tea 101
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Nov. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Explore the history and flavor dynamics of ten teas from around the world. From rare white teas and oolong to black tea and herbal blends, travel the full tea spectrum as you start to ‘de-coffee-inate’ yourself with exciting teas. Instructed by Chef Larry Canepa. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Nov 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Holiday Entertaining
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Thursday | Nov. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her favorites, including a few that can be made ahead and frozen for those unexpected drop-in guests. Learn Chef Terri’s walnut cranberry and bleu cheese tart, chicken curry phyllo bites, individual upside down wild mushroom tatins and mascarpone honey pistachio stuffed strawberries. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Nov 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Autumn Tarts and Pies
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Monday | Nov. 18 | 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.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

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   (4 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 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.
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 adult.