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.
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.

Package Deal: Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 | 8 - 9 a.m.

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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Package Deal: Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability

Wednesdays | Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 | 4 - 5 p.m.

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.

Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal: Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in each series by Jan. 1.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability

Tuesdays | Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 | 8 - 9 a.m.

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.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

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. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:00PM - 6:00PM   CLOSED

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. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 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. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Nov 17, 2018 3:00PM - 5:00PM   (2 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

Hair Masks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Jan. 5 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Learn to tame even the frizziest mane with an all-natural, homemade hair mask filled with oils and herbs to nourish your scalp and hair roots. Discover the range of natural ingredients that create luxurious hair masks to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Healthy Skin
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 10 a.m. - Noon

We all want healthy, glowing skin. The truth is that skin care is simple, and you do not have to spend money on expensive products and treatments. Join us, and learn how to get naturally radiant skin and create custom facemasks for your unique skin type, using ingredients found in your local grocery store. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by Kira Merrick. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Healthy Casseroles
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Casseroles make a great weeknight dinner or the perfect dish to bring to a friendly gathering. Learn how to
lighten up your favorite casseroles without sacrificing flavor. From baked pastas to chicken and vegetable recipes, these easy, make-ahead dishes can be frozen and served fresh when you need them, and will not leave you feeling guilty for the second helping. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Train Your Brain: Focus
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday | Jan. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Distraction is the enemy of focus. This class equips you to build attention "muscles" and avoid time-wasting diversions that derail brain activity and goals. Join brain-training expert Phyllis Strupp for fun exercises in the Garden that reveal how attention works as you strengthen brain pathways to focus on what really matters. Class includes a personal plan and copy of the book Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Healthy Menudo
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Jan. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

This winter, tuck into a savory bowl of menudo with Chef Maria Cano. A traditional Mexican soup, menudo transforms uncommon ingredients like tripe and hominy into a rich, textured one-dish meal that will set your soul aglow. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Winter Weather Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 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 with caramel sauce. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Wild Rice
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Commonly misperceived as a purely Asian import, rice goes way back in Native American diets. Learn a bit about its cultivation history, and then watch Chef Terri Milligan whip up a morning rice porridge with nuts and dried fruit called Mahnomen; a wild rice and sweet corn bisque; wild rice crackers; and a wild rice, Brussels sprouts, dried cherry and walnut salad. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Fabulous Flan
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Make a flan you will want to flaunt. A traditional Latin American dessert that traces its roots back to the ancient Romans, this beloved custard is simple to make and can be the perfect way to end a meal. Learn how to create the perfect flan and add different variations on a classic recipe. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Homemade
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for both Homemade Cream Puffs and Homemade Pickling by Jan. 1 and receive a 20 percent discount.

Offer expires Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Homemade Cream Puffs
Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the art of making cream puffs (or pâte à choux as the French say). Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates her technique to make the perfect puff, and then transforms the puff dough into a savory artichoke heart and dill cocktail puff, and a delectable dessert cream puff shaped to look like a delicate swan, complete with edible wings. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.

Homemade Pickling
Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There are more things to pickle than cucumbers. Chef Terri Milligan delves into the world of quick pickling with everything from beet juice-pickled deviled eggs to pickling fruits like peaches. You will even learn to make your own pickled ginger. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Homemade Cream Puffs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the art of making cream puffs (or pâte à choux as the French say). Chef Terri Milligan demonstrates her technique to make the perfect puff, and then transforms the puff dough into a savory artichoke heart and dill cocktail puff, and a delectable dessert cream puff shaped to look like a delicate swan, complete with edible wings. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Homemade Pickling
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There are more things to pickle than cucumbers. Chef Terri Milligan delves into the world of quick pickling with everything from beet juice-pickled deviled eggs to pickling fruits like peaches. You will even learn to make your own pickled ginger. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Italian Favorites
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her favorite Italian-inspired recipes, including how to make homemade mozzarella. Learn to make a classic caprese salad made with homemade mozzarella, a creamy risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and a classic chicken picatta with lemon caper sauce. For dessert, enjoy a riff on a traditional tiramisu. Chef Terri's version is made with fresh berries, a touch of orange and creamy mascarpone cheese. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Appetizers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Jan. 27 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Maria Cano shares her favorite appetizers, all of which are made easy with the right materials and a few fun rolling techniques. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Savory Pies and Tarts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Pies and tarts do not have to be sweet! Try a savory rendition, perfect for a winter supper. Learn to make a vegetarian shepherd's pie with a sweet potato topping; a roasted vegetable and goat cheese galette (free-form tart); and a carrot, ricotta and fresh herb puff-pastry tart. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teri Milligan. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tantalizing Tortillas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 5 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There is nothing like a fresh, homemade flour tortilla straight off the comal, or Mexican griddle. Join Chef Maria Cano as she reveals how to make perfect flour tortillas that can be used for burritos or as a complement to many Mexican dishes. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Global Inspired Breakfast
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Be inspired by the many flavorful ways that the world wakes up using globally inspired recipes, such as eggs scrambled with chorizo, or pancakes made with coconut milk. Mix up your traditional breakfast items to include new flavors to fuel your day. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   OPEN

Powders
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Feb. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Innovative chefs are starting to empower their dishes with powders. No longer simply for sprinkling, intense powders like matcha, cacao, ground turmeric, maca root and powdered egg whites are infused into dishes for added nutrition and flavor. Get ahead of the curve by learning to incorporate powders into everything from nutrition bars to soups to baked goods. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 1 - 3 p.m.

From the freshening power of handpicked dill to the pesto-y potency of hand-torn basil, fresh herbs lend intoxicating flavor profiles to all kinds of dishes. Discover an awesome array of fresh herb pairings from chef and traditional herbalist Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz.This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Savory Soups and Scones
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes three savory soups from scratch, starting with a rich vegetable stock made with various vegetable shavings that most people normally discard. Then learn to make the perfect pairing for the soups-a savory fresh herb and Gruyère cheese scone. This class is deomonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Curious About Curry
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Curry dishes are a favorite in Indian cuisine, with deep and savory flavors coming from aromatic spice blends. Learn the secrets of how to create healthy and delicious North and South Indian curries using a blend of fragrant spices, nuts and fruits. To finish, calm your taste buds by learning how to prepare kheer, a simple sweet dish made using milk and basmati rice, garnished with nuts, spices or raisins. This class is demonstration only. Participants will enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chef. Instructed by Chef Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Introduction to Perfume Making
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday | Feb. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Get a whiff of the wonders of DIY perfume making. Discuss the history of perfume, methods of oil extraction, and learn how perfumers blend various scent notes into mixtures called accords. Experiment with building your own perfume as you learn how the individual properties of notes translate into viable, long-lasting scents. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Rigby. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

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.