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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages! Desert Botanical Garden offers a wide range of classes, with registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure your space in the program. Advance registration is required for all classes. Confirmation of your enrollment will be sent to you via email after you have completed registration. View Adult Education Cancellation and Refund Policies.

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Now - April 19, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Drip Irrigation for Gardens and Containers

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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This class will teach you how to use drip irrigation successfully, including how to design and install the system and what to use for delivering water to create a bountiful harvest and stunning containers.
Now - April 19, 2014

Children and Family Education

Chihuly in the Garden: Creations for the Family

General $21.00
Member $18.00
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Let the unique works of art on display throughout the Garden this year inspire your family to create a work of art together.
Now - April 20, 2014

Photography and Art

Vintage Botanicals

Class has been CANCELLED.
Now - April 19, 2014

Photography and Art

iPhone/iPad Photography - April

General $56.00
Member $45.00
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Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot crisp photos using your iPhone and/or iPad. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails during the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition.
April 20, 2014

Photography and Art

Insect Macro Photography

General $94.00
Member $75.00
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In this program, you will learn about the beauty of insects and their ecological roles, while taking artistically pleasing and interesting photographs with a digital camera.
April 20, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking 101: Appetizers

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Whether partnered with drink and conversation before a meal, or as an initial course to the meal itself, appetizers should be light and delicious. In this class, we will travel the globe, scaling the heights and plumbing the oceans, for delectables guaranteed to whet appetites.
April 20, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Butterflies of Arizona

Class has been CANCELLED.
April 22, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi at the Garden - April 22

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden!
April 22, 2014 - April 24, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Birds, History and a Bit of Spice

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
April 22, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Companion Planting

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Companion Planting 4/22/14
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Companion planting is an ancient method of growing different plants together for their mutual benefit and is an important part of organic gardening.
April 23, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga at the Garden - April 23

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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You will be quietly guided as you lengthen your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon. All levels welcome.
April 23, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Vegetable Garden Design

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Vegetable Garden Design 4/23/14
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Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to copy the indigenous, sunken waffle beds to channel water, and more. We will draw up a plan for your own garden.
April 24, 2014 - May 1, 2014

Photography and Art

Make Your Owl Garden

General $186.00
Member $149.00
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In this hands-on program, participants will craft a clay owls that can be used as a decorative pieces in their home or garden settings.
April 24, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Container Gardening: Ornamentals

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Explore the basics of container gardening for patio and yard accents. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing containerized arrangements that will impress your neighbors and friends.
April 25, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip - April

General $138.00
Member $110.00
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Join us for this truly unique experience of floating down a free-flowing river in the Sonoran Desert. This early morning excursion will provide the opportunity to experience the beauty of a desert sunrise.
April 25, 2014 - April 26, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Sonoran Sky Tour

Trip has been CANCELLED.
April 26, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Urban Farm Tour

General $86.00
Member $69.00
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Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive for more productive and sustainable urban landscapes. We will visit several local farms to see how this concept is being applied to the Sonoran Desert.
April 27, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Growing Herbs in Containers

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in containers in a desert environment and how you can successfully grow them in small spaces.
April 29, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi at the Garden- April 29

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden!
April 30, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga at the Garden - April 30

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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You will be quietly guided as you lengthen your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon. All levels welcome.
April 30, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Designing Poolside Landscapes

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Learn how to create a beautiful, comfortable and low maintenance pool oasis. This class will offer design concepts, plant recommendations and landscape maintenance tips.
May 1, 2014 - May 22, 2014

Children and Family Education

Baby Boojums

Program is FULL. Please e-mail teacherrsvp@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 3, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Agave and Yucca

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Join Scott Calhoun, celebrated author and landscape designer, as he explores spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful, durable yuccas that tolerate our extreme climate.
May 3, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking with Dried Chiles

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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In this class, we will make three fabulous red sauces, a meatball surprise, a house-made chili powder with a heat level you can suit to your own taste, a Mexican-Asian fusion dish and a chocolate-chili dessert.
May 4, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Pruning Trees and Shrubs - Spring

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Pruning Trees and Shrubs 5/4/14
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In this introductory class, learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great.
May 4, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Cool Desserts for Hot Days

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Chef Rachel Albert will teach you how to make luscious, low-sugar, naturally sweetened, dairy-free frozen desserts using coconut milk, fresh and dried fruits, herbs, spices, nuts and local honey.
Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 7, 2014 - June 4, 2014

Photography and Art

Tree Portraits

General $124.00
Member $99.00
Product Tree Portraits 5/7/14
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This unique class combines science and art. Students will focus on four trees growing in the Garden, learning the distinct characteristics and then draw the trees in colored pencil and watercolor.
May 7, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Glass: A Wonder of Science, Nature and Art

General $32.00
Member $25.00
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Learn about glass from its rich history to the geology of silicate minerals to the science of amorphous solids and how they can be sculpted into beautiful shapes.
May 10, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens 5/10/14
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Here it comes - the blinding heat of a Phoenix summer. This class will help you get your produce garden ready. Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan.
May 10, 2014

Children and Family Education

The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit with Author Susan Lowell

General $20.00
Member $16.00
Product Desert Book Club with Author Susan Lowell 5/10/14
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Run fast and walk slowly as we experience this traditional tale through a southwestern lens with Susan Lowell, bestselling children’s author.
May 10, 2014

Photography and Art

Photographing Glass and Sculpture - May

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Photographing Glass and Sculpture 5/10/14
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Reflective, translucent glass surfaces and large, textured, shiny surfaces bring special challenges to the photographer. Inspired by Chihuly in the Garden, you will learn techniques to photograph these colorful sculptures.
May 11, 2014 - May 15, 2014

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps - May

General $88.00
Member $70.00
Product Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps 5/11/14
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In this class, the focus is on intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital SLR camera. You will learn to take your camera off the auto-scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of dial modes.
May 13, 2014 - May 15, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Caring for your Desert Garden (Core) - Spring

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Caring for your Desert Garden Core 5/13/14
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In this introductory class, participants will gain the basic skills and information needed to assist them in making choices on how to properly care for a garden while minimizing its impact on the environment.
May 14, 2014

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - May

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 14, 2014

Photography and Art

Photographing Saguaro Blossoms

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Photographing Saguaro Blossoms 5/14/14
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In this class, we will take an early morning stroll through the Garden to photograph the saguaro flower, focusing on composition and light.
May 17, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Roadrunners and Cuckoos

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Roadrunners and Cuckoos 5/17/14
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In this class, we will discover the details of the lives of roadrunners and their lesser known but equally interesting close relatives, the cuckoos and anis. This program will explore the ecology, diet and nesting habitats of these delightful birds.
May 17, 2014

Children and Family Education

Family Fairy Gardens

Class is FULL. Please e-mail teacherRSVP@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 17, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Selecting and Growing Herbs

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Selecting and Growing Herbs 5/17/14
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This class will cover all the basics of growing herbs, including which herbs do best here, what soil types are needed, watering schedules, planting calendars, how much sun and shade to provide and other tips on cultivating your own healthy herb garden.
May 24, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Aravaipa Canyon Field Trip - Spring

Escape the city at the renowned and mysterious Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Come with us into the heart of this unique region as we hike along the Aravaipa Creek.
May 28, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Gardening for Wildlife

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Gardening for Wildlife 5/28/14
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In this class, you will learn how to use observation and sustainable practices to design a backyard wildlife habitat and what strategies are needed to maintain it.
May 29, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens 5/29/14
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When temperatures flirt with 117 degrees, and nights fail to cool, summer gardens can be a lush, green, productive oasis, complete with harvestable crops.
May 30, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Astronomy at the Garden

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Astronomy at the Garden 5/30/14
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Spend a celestial Friday evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky from one of the best locations in the city for stargazing.
May 31, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Irrigation System Maintenance

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Irrigation System Maintenance 5/31/14
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If you already have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works, how to take care of it or make simple repairs, this program is for you.
May 31, 2014

Children and Family Education

Spring Star Party

General $20.00
Member $16.00
Product Spring Star Party 5/31/14
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Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society for an evening of exploring our night sky.
May 31, 2014

Photography and Art

Designing Captivating Containers

General $111.00
Member $89.00
Product Designing Captivating Containers 5/31/14
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Break free from fussy annuals and venture into the world of captivating containers. Join award-winning designers Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture, and Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture, to learn bold container planting techniques unlike anything you have seen before.
September 14, 2014 - September 18, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Savor Santa Barbara

Sparkling sunshine most days of the year, a moderate climate yielding comfortable temperatures and just enough rain to keep everything green makes Santa Barbara a perfect destination for growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.
October 31, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

A Journey to the Galápagos Islands

The Garden is pleased to offer a unique collaborative photo expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic™. On this journey, voyagers will embark on an adventure where they will see huge sea lions, hundreds of...


About our Programs

Program sizes are limited to ensure quality, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be confirmed by email.

Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded. See below for more information about cancellation and refund policies.

For additional inquiries, email AdultEduc@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146.

Member Discounts

Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20 percent discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. Become a member today to get member prices.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least five (5) business days prior to the event (less a $20 fee). No refunds are available less than five (5) business days and fees/registrations cannot be transferred to another date or program.


If you are unable to attend an on-site class, you may send an alternate adult participant with your confirmation.

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