Currently the Garden's field trip program is on hiatus. The Garden is committed to offering quality education programs for schools and teachers, please stay tuned for new ways to bring the Garden into your classroom. Self-Guided field trips for educational groups are still available on a limited basis.
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Welcome
The Garden offers fun and life-enriching experiences for adults. Get in touch with nature and the desert through photography, culinary, wellness and landscaping experiences. Dig in to classes onsite at the Garden and new this season at off-site venues throughout the Valley.
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.
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or want to increase your knowledge, the Garden provides classes that will give you the necessary skills to become a successful low-desert gardener. Landscape and gardening programs cover an array of topics including vegetable gardening, pruning, desert plants, container gardening, sustainable practices and landscape design. Many of the classes are supported with hands-on investigative learning and taught by professionals in the field. Please note, some classes may take place outside Desert Botanical Garden at an off-site location. Be sure to verify class location in the class description before purchasing.

Container Gardening Workshop
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday, June 6
6-8 p.m.
Offsite Location – Valley Garden Center

1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

No garden? No Problem! Learn how to create your own container garden this summer for your patio or small space. Join Morgan Winburn as she explores different types of containers, soil mixes, watering strategies, fertilization and how to grow plants such as peppers, tomatoes and more. Hands-on practice, materials and demonstrations are included. Transportation to the class location is not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.
Session Summer I 2022: Monday, June 6, 2022 6:00PM - 8:00PM OPEN

Starting a Community Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Starting a Community Garden
Monday, June 20
6-8 p.m.

Offsite Location – Valley Garden Center
1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Why are community gardens important and what is the shared benefit? A community garden creates opportunities for people to work together and learn about gardening, promotes healthier lifestyles, produces cleaner environments and generally builds stronger communities. Learn about the steps needed to start a community garden including securing water, choosing in-ground or raised beds, harvest sharing and how to encourage friends and neighbors to join you. Instructed by Mary Lu Nunley, Garden Manager for Mountain View Community Garden and Pierson Community Garden, both operated by Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Transportation to the class location is not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.
Session Summer I 2022: Monday, June 20, 2022 6:00PM - 8:00PM OPEN

Growing Summer Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday, June 13
6-8 p.m.
Offsite Location – Valley Garden Center

1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Want to spruce up the flavor profiles of you summer dishes? Consider adding fresh herbs to the mix. Incorporating herbs into your diet has health benefits along with bringing delicious flavor to your food. Instructor Morgan Winburn will cover the basics of what herbs to plant this summer and how to successfully preserve them for seasons and recipes to come. Transportation to the class location is not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.
Session Summer I 2022: Monday, June 13, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM OPEN

Flower Power: Herbal and Floral Infusions
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Flower Power: Herbal and Floral Infusions
Monday, June 27
6-8 p.m.
Offsite Location – Valley Garden Center

1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Your garden is the ultimate health spa. There are several types of herbal and flower infusions that can easily be created at home using basic kitchen and garden ingredients. Learn how to create herbal salts, sugars, honey, butters, oils and more. Join author Janice Cox as she shares tips and recipes on body care and cooking from her workbook “Beautiful Flowers: A Guide and Workbook for Growing, Using and Enjoying Gorgeous Garden Blooms”. Walk away with a copy of the workbook and three handmade herbal products. Transportation to the class location is not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.
Session Summer I 2022: Monday, June 27, 2022 6:00PM - 8:00PM 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. 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.
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 adult.
 
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations. Please note, some classes may take place outside Desert Botanical Garden at an off-site location. Be sure to verify class location in the class description before purchasing.

Photography: Chihuly in the Desert Exclusive
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Photography: Chihuly in the Desert Exclusive
Wednesdays | June 8 and 15 
8 - 10 p.m.

Price per session. Limited availability.

Get exclusive photography access to capture the beauty of Chihuly in the Desert under the stars. Photographers with all levels of expertise and equipment can enroll. Shoot along the Garden trails with unobstructed views of the installations. A photography instructor will be onsite to answer questions and provide tips.

The exhibition is organized by Desert Botanical Garden in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is expressly prohibited. The artist permits and encourages photography of the artwork in Chihuly in the Desert for educational and non-commercial uses only. Sale of images of the Artwork constitutes copyright infringement, including through stock photography or similar websites.

Dale Chihuly Neodymium Reeds, 2021 Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, installed 2022 © 2022 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. Photo by Nathaniel Willson


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.



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.
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 adult.
 
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 meditation and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience. Please note, some classes may take place outside Desert Botanical Garden at an off-site location. Be sure to verify class location in the class description before purchasing.

All cooking classes are demonstration only, and participants enjoy a bountiful taste of each recipe shared by our chefs.

Sonoran Sound Meditation at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturdays | June 4, 11, 18, 25
8-9 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion


Take a deep breath, and let the powerful sounds of singing bowls, gongs and other instruments take you on a journey of relaxation and meditation. Participants will be seated or laying down for entirety of the class and are encouraged to bring a mat. Instructed by experienced sound practitioners. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors in a shaded and covered pavilion; please dress appropriately for the weather.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.

Morning Tai Chi
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Tuesdays | June 7, 14, 21, 28
8-9 a.m.
Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion


A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of Tai Chi, one of the most beneficial of the mind, body and spirit healing arts. Explore and practice movements that improve breathing, reduces stress and stimulates the mind in the early morning, instructed by Yuri Grevtsev. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors in a shaded and covered pavilion; please dress appropriately for the weather.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.

Evening Yoga
Regular Price: $27.00
Member Price: $20.00
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Thursdays | June 9, 16, 23, 30
8-9 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion

Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focuses on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and wellbeing. You will be guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the cool evening hours. Instructed by De la Sol Yoga. All levels welcome. This class is outdoors in a shaded and covered pavilion; please dress appropriately for the weather. Yoga mats are not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.

Distance Reiki
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Fridays | June 10, 17, 24
8-9 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden – Binns Wildflower Pavilion

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing by enhancing feelings of happiness, empowerment, and ease. Enjoy a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement with practitioner Ebony McClellan Medina in a one hour distance Reiki energy blockage and chakra tuning session. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors in a shaded and covered pavilion; please dress appropriately for the weather. Yoga mats are not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.

Making Arepas from Scratch
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday, June 12
10 a.m.-noon

Offsite Location – Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center 
300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012


Learn how to make one of Colombia’s most popular dish known as the Arepa and enjoy a culinary tasting of homemade vegan and meat Arepa options. With regions throughout Colombia claiming their own special recipe and iteration, you’ll never grow tired of the variety of flavors and ingredient fusions. Depending on your tastes, you can customize your recipe to include various toppings or fillings of cheese, meats and vegetables. Join chef Angelica Urrego, also known as Arepa Babe, as she demonstrates the ancestral process of nixtamalization – the key to making nutritious corn masa. Transportation to the class location is not provided.


For information on the Garden's Student Safety Protocols, please click here.
Session Summer I 2022: Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM (10 AVAIL)


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.
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 adult.
 
Desert Landscape School Events

Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series
Regular Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00
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As a Desert Landscape School credential holder, you are invited to attend the inaugural event of the Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series! This event brings Lattie Coor, past president of Arizona State University, to talk about lifelong learning and the merits and opportunities of learning new skills throughout your career. Refreshments will be served and this event is also an opportunity to connect with other credential holders. We look forward to seeing you at the Desert Botanical Garden for this event!

Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 5 - 7 p.m.

The Garden is grateful to Shoshana and Robert Tancer for making this series possible.
Session Fall 2017: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:00PM - 7:00PM CLOSED

 
Teens in the Garden
During monthly gatherings throughout the school year, teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens and similar institutions.

Applications are required to be submitted and accepted prior to registration.

Teens in the Garden 2021-2022
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden is a year-long program that focuses on monthly volunteer service learning projects, career building opportunities, and exploring nature and fun with science.

Registration fee: $50 per year.

Meeting dates: Third Saturdays of the month during the school year either virtually or in-person

In-Person:
Oct. 23, Dec 18, Feb 19, April 16*
*Dates are subject to change to virtual

Virtual:
Nov. 20, Jan 15, March 19, May 21

Time: 1- 2 p.m.

For more information, please contact clawrence@dbg.org
Session Teens In the Garden 2021-2022: Fri, Oct 1, 2021 - Tue, May 31, 2022 (8 AVAIL)