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.

Cooking with Honey
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact registrar@dbg.org for more information.

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   CLOSED

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   (5 AVAIL)

Hydrating Face Mists
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact registrar@dbg.org for more information.

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   CLOSED

Cool and Natural Face Masks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact registrar@dbg.org for more information.

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   CLOSED

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   (3 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   WAIT LIST

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   (1 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

Plant-Based Ancestral Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Sept. 7 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Find out what ancestral foods are, and which can still be found, foraged and consumed in the Phoenix area today. Discover the culturally enriching and health-enhancing benefits of reintroducing the region’s indigenous foods into your diet. Instructed by Chef Maria Parra Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 7, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   (10 AVAIL)

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

Cooking with Autumn Squash
Price: $65.00
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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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   OPEN

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   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.