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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.
Travel and Adventure
The Garden offers guided travel and adventure suited to a wide variety of interests and schedules. Hike riparian habitats and mountains of southwest Arizona or enjoy the summer exploring cooler climate areas. Watch the sun rise or set as you float along the Salt River. Marvel at thousands of cranes on one of our bird-watching tours. Expand your travel portfolio and learn from experts in the field. Watch feature locations come alive when paired with our rich and diverse programming.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | Dec. 14 | 10 a.m.- Noon OR
Saturday | Jan. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon


Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for an authentic tea ceremony and private garden tour. This beautiful garden features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Tour includes private garden walking tour and public tea ceremony. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 16. Tour led by Liza Blank.

Sulphur Springs Weekend Trip: Cranes
Regular Price: $949.00
Member Price: $799.00
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Sulphur Springs Valley Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archaeology

Friday - Sunday | January 10 - 12, 2020


Each winter, sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch these majestic birds fly into their midday resting area-one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles. We will seek many other species of birds and will have docent-led tours of the Rex Allen Museum and the extraordinary archeology exhibits at the Amerind Museum. Explore new tastes with tapas and wine at a local vineyard to round out the weekend. Prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler, and Garden docent and former President of Audubon Society of Portland Carlos Oldham, will lead this three-day trip.

Students meet at the Holiday Inn in Willcox on Friday at 2 p.m. Trip concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
• Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn
• Lunch on Saturday, dinner on Friday and Saturday
• Professional guide services
• Transportation for all group activities
• Private tours of Amerind and Rex Allen Museums
• Wine tasting
• Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

Not included:
• Transportation to and from Willcox
• Alcoholic beverages
• Personal expenses
Session Winter 2019: Fri, Jan 10, 2020 - Sun, Jan 12, 2020 2:00PM - 11:30AM   WAIT LIST

Mexico: Monarch Migration, Gardens and Heritage
Price: $2,999.00
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***THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT***

Cost $2,999

Price for double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $325. Rates do not include airfare.

For more information and to reserve your spot in this Garden expedition, please call Holbrook Travel at 877.907.5360 or go to www.holbrook.travel/desertbg-mx20.


Feb. 18 - 23, 2020

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from North America to their winter home in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains. The migration is one of nature's most amazing phenomena-and you can be a part of it. Travel with Garden leaders Elaine McGinn, Director of Planning and Exhibits, and lepidopterist Dr. Kim Pegram. Hike and ride horseback along streams and through fir-covered mountains as you immerse yourself in the fluttering monarchs filling the air and covering trees with their bright orange wings. While in Mexico, enjoy the acclaimed National Museum of Anthropology and beauties of Chapultepec Park, among other historical sites and rich, regional meals.

Trip includes:
• Accommodations
• Educational programming
• Expert naturalist guide
• Entrance fees to attractions and historic sites
• Land transportation
• Meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• Carbon offsetting

Birds, History and a Bit of Spice
Regular Price: $1,300.00
Member Price: $1,100.00
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Monday - Wednesday | April 13 - 15, 2020

Join us on an expedition to some of the most famous birding locations in North America: Southern Arizona’s Madera Canyon, Rio Rico ponds, Kino Springs, Patagonia and Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Stay at the historic and stunning 500-acre Otero Ranch (now Tubac Golf Resort and Spa). Scheduled to avoid weekend crowds, we will bird in the mornings and explore historical sites in the afternoons. Visiting the Mission San Xavier del Bac, Mission Tumacacori and the Santa Cruz Chile and Spice Company will be the historical highlights on this tour. Led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Portland Audubon Society. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Professional birding guides
  • Lodging, taxes, and fees at the historic Tubac Golf Resort Monday and Tuesday evenings
  • Dinner on Monday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday
  • Transportation for all group activities
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All entry fees to parks and historical sites
  • Gratuities for site docent guides at both missions
Not included:
  • Transportation to and from Tubac Resort
  • Personal Expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Arrive Monday at 3 p.m. | Depart Wednesday at 3 p.m.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 - Wed, Apr 15, 2020 3:00PM   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. 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.
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 adu