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.

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, and jewelry making.

All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted. We suggest that you bring your own snacks or lunch.

Botanical Collage
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. OR
Saturday | Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Explore the art of collage and discover a variety of mixed media techniques to create a unique, botanically-themed work of art. All materials included. Instructed by Linda Arandas. Limit 12.

Agave and Aloe Soaps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday | Jan. 26 | 2 – 5 p.m.

Learn to make beautifully handcrafted soaps with aloe and agave ingredients. Instructor Lynn Reves will show how to use ingredients with southwest roots to create, melt and pour custom soaps. Types of base ingredients and additional custom ingredients will be taught. All supplies furnished. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Botanical Card Making
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instructor Beth Maggio will teach how to use die-cutting and embossing to make greeting cards with a botanical theme. Bring your own favorite pointed scissors. All other materials included. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 10:00AM - 12:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Wild Rising Watercolors
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 9 a.m. – noon

Inspired by Wild Rising by Cracking Art at the Garden, explore painting several animals using watercolor. Learn basic techniques and experiment with different color palettes to create a watercolor version of the fun, colorful animals.  All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Felted Cactus
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Saturday | Feb. 1 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn to use wool roving to felt little cactus and succulents to perch on a cholla branch or arrange in a pot. Tools and techniques to design and create the plants will be demonstrated. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 1, 2020 2:00PM - 5:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Painting with Music
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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***This class date has been rescheduled.**

Sunday | Feb. 2 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Experience the rhythms and sounds of music, and explore color, texture and mark-making in a guided, free-flowing, no-rules series of experiments in painting with opaque watercolor (gouache). Everyone will go home with a set of materials to continue their practice. All levels welcome; bring your beginner’s mind. All supplies furnished Instructed by Joan Waters. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2019: Sun, Feb 2, 2020 1:00PM - 5:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $95.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 AND Feb. 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Create a desert botanical inspired canvas pillow cover in this two-part series. Learn painting techniques and embellishments to make a one of a kind home accent. All supplies furnished. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Nature Journaling with Watercolor
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $120.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 12, Feb.19 AND Feb. 26 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Learn drawing and watercolor painting techniques to capture the world around you. This three-part class will guide all skill levels to closely observe nature and in turn create beautiful illustrations inspired by plants and animals of the desert. All materials included. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Watercolor Cactus
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday | Feb. 13 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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 watercolor. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Feb 13, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Advanced Calligraphy
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Tuesday | Feb. 18, Feb. 25 AND Mar. 3 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Build on your lettering skills and gain enhanced expertise in the advanced forms of modern calligraphy. Learn to incorporate designs and layouts with beautiful embellishments and take away a finished card, quote or other project. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Ammonite Gourd Vessel
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday | Mar. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The ammonite, a fossilized sea squid from Madagascar, makes a wonderful focal point when integrated into the body of a canteen gourd. Color and dye the gourd and then stipple during this session. There will be an option to color stippled areas with a variety of different products. The latter portion of the day will be spent lashing the pygmy date palm onto the gourd.  All supplies furnished. Click here for suggested materials list. Instructed by Sue Brogdon. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sun, Mar 1, 2020 9:30AM - 4:30PM   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