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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.
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Are you looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening? The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices.

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays l Sept. 1 - Nov. 10 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After thoughtfully planning and selecting which plant fit your landscape design, it is crucial to know how to get them in the ground and keep them thriving. In this program, students get expert training in best practices for planting and pruning, and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert, including how to diagnose and treat plant disorders.
Session Fall 2020: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 - Tue, Nov 10, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM OPEN

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays l Sept. 3 - Nov. 12 l 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are redesigning an existing landscape or creating a brand new design, it is vital to have sustainability in mind and make use of rainwater and green building materials. Gain practical knowledge of desert soils, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices to start creating more resilient and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces. Garden experts offer hands-on lessons covering water harvesting and irrigation in real-life landscaping scenarios that empower students to do it on their own with confidence.
Session Fall 2020: Thu, Sep 3, 2020 - Thu, Nov 12, 2020 4:30PM - 6:30PM OPEN

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays l Sept. 5 - Nov. 14 l 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Using the Garden as an outdoor classroom, take advantage of our living library to learn how to identify commonly used desert plants. Insightful horticulturists with deep knowledge of the Garden's collection guide students through making informed plant selections and placements. Ideal for professionals and homeowners, this program is a building block for any desert landscaping or gardening project. Expect to learn about cacti, agaves, yuccas, trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and bulbs, herbaceous perennials and more.
Session Fall 2020: Sat, Sep 5, 2020 - Sat, Nov 14, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM OPEN

*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please log in for the system to validate your current certificates.
  • Planting and Maintenance Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Desert Landscape Installation Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays  l Oct. 24 - Nov. 21 l 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and the proper sequence of installation. In this five-week program, our experts guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students have the opportunity to install a landscape with City of Scottsdale's Operation Fix It. Learn how to install earthworks, irrigation systems and plants.
Session Fall 2020: Sat, Oct 24, 2020 - Sat, Nov 21, 2020 8:30AM - 12:30PM 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