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.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, 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.
Art

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in mosaic, gourd art, drawing and painting, bonsai, and jewelry making.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted.


Terracotta Aromatherapy Necklace
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday | June 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Essential oil necklaces are a fun way to “wear” essential oils, allowing you to enjoy the benefits and aromas of your favorite oils throughout the day. Create a clay pendant, learn about three essential oils and take home an essential oil sample of your choice to wear on your pendant. All materials included. Instructed by Felicia Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Whimsical Wind Chimes
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | June 16 | 1 - 4 p.m.

Blend the breeze into the sensory charms of your garden or patio with a custom wind chime. Use mesquite or cholla wood to hang colorful glass beads that will make a sweet sound whenever the wind blows. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jun 16, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Beneficial Bug House
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday | July 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Bugs get a bad rap, when in fact many do service to our gardens. Entice nature’s mini composting machines, or even a colony of bees, with a custom bug house. Learn to select and install cuttings and other natural materials into a quaint space for beneficial critters. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 7, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Reflections in Water
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | July 27 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Take part in fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create an original oil painting with Cheryl Fecht. Get expert tips for painting water, with special attention to capturing natural reflections. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Color My World
Regular Price: $108.00
Member Price: $86.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Make art for an antique scrapbook or vintage book. The finished product may be used for personal journaling, to create and store your art work, or as stand-alone pieces mounted to wood or canvas. Learn techniques for painting faces, forming unique figures, coloring and texturing backgrounds, collaging, using thematic text and stenciling. Instructor will have antique scrap books for sale at $10 each, and vintage books for sale at $3 each, with no two are alike. If you choose to bring your own book, please make sure the size is 8 ½ x 11-inches or larger. Class time includes an hour for lunch. Instructed by Cindy Kovack. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Tree Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday | July 28 | 1 - 4 p.m.

From its bright green palo verdes to its majestic ironwood tree, Arizona boasts a great variety of trees for the avid doodler. Learn a few doodling techniques that allow you to relax and let the lines flow as you produce fun and colorful trees. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Fairy Drawing
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Class has four sequential sessions:
Wednesdays | July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 | Noon - 4 p.m.


This whimsical class in watercolor and watercolor pencils teaches you to draw the floral fairies of Cicely Mary Barker and apply them to the flowers of the Southwest desert. Additional required materials available with online listing. Instructed by Katherine Callingham. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Jul 31, 2019 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Clay Garden Mandala
Regular Price: $129.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Saturday | August 3 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to transform an ordinary clay saucer into a beautiful piece of garden art through the simple application of colorful paint dots. Create your own original design on a clay saucer after learning and practicing some basic patterns. You will have your own set of paint dot tools to use and then take with you to continue your newly learned art form. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Celebrating Beatrix Potter
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Class has three sequential sessions:
Sundays | August 4, 11, 18 | 1 - 4 p.m.


Learn drawing and painting techniques inspired by Beatrix Potter, a naturalist, illustrator and writer. This creative class will guide students of all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Participants should bring inspirational plant and animal photos. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Sun, Aug 4, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Hummingbird Mosaic Garden Stake
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 7 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Set your love for hummingbirds in stone with this fun and easy mosaic project. Select and adhere colorful glass fragments in a hummingbird shape, then mount the piece on a stake, ready for placement in your landscape. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 7, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Wildflowers in Acrylics
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Follow fun and easy step-by-step instructions to create a work of art in acrylic paints with Cheryl Fecht. Learn to depict the glorious spring blooms in the east valley, with the famous Superstition Mountains in the background. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sequential sesions:
Wednesday | Aug. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m. AND
Saturday | Aug. 24 | 2 - 4 p.m.


Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2019: Wed, Aug 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Aug. 31 | 9 a.m. - Noon

The spiky thorns and angular ridges of cacti often create unique interplays of light and shadow against the plants’ smooth green surfaces, all of which make them perfect subjects for watercolors. Learn how to capture these desert icons in the fun and accessible watercolor medium. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2019: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   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 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.