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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 - January 31, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Colorful Plants for Winter

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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Color is one of the most important attributes to consider as you plan and lay out your home garden. The class will discuss basic color theory, landscape color design principles and a list of specific plants.
Now - January 31, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Birds of the Garden

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
Now - February 5, 2015

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps - Jan.

Class is FULL. This program is also available in February; please use the link below for the available program.
February 2, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Introduction to Permaculture

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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We will discuss permaculture principles and identify strategies and tools for developing the built environment.
February 3, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - Feb. 3

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!
February 3, 2015 - February 5, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Desert Gardening Maintenance: Month by Month

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Desert Gardening Maintenance Month by Month 2/3/15
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Learn the best times to plant, prune and perform other critical maintenance tasks in your desert garden.
February 4, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - Feb. 4

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.
February 5, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Perennial Herbs

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Whether you have a patio or an acre, learn from a Kristen Battafarano how to select, locate and maintain herbs in the low desert.
February 5, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Rose Gardening in the Desert

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques to grow beautiful roses in the low desert.
February 6, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

A Taste of Arizona

General $211.00
Member $169.00
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We are returning to the Verde Valley to visit some wineries that have not been included in our previous tours. Join us on a day-trip to sample Arizona wines produced by Alcantara Vineyard & Winery and Burning Tree Cellars and Arizona Stronghold.
February 6, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony - Feb.

General $70.00
Member $56.00
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Escape to the Far East for this unique opportunity to visit the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and tea ceremony.
February 7, 2015

Photography and Art

Photography 101

General $56.00
Member $45.00
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This hands-on course is the first step towards mastering the art of photography. This class is ideal for the beginner who wants hands-on practice in learning to use his or her camera.
February 7, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Savvy Cooking with Citrus

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Savvy cooks use citrus to flavor fish, add pizzazz to poultry, jazz up cooked vegetables, dress salads, freshen fruits and make delicious drinks. Learn how to use and preserve your citrus harvest.
February 7, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Watering and Controller Programming

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system.
February 7, 2015

Photography and Art

Coloring History

This program has been CANCELLED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.
February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015

Photography and Art

Fetching a Masterpiece

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 7, 2015

Photography and Art

Starry Skies

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 8, 2015

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 limited spaces.
February 8, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking for Couples

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Chefs Madelyn Pryor and Jason Wyrick will show you how to turn the routine chore of cooking dinner into a fun bonding experience.
February 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Application of Permaculture

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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This class will allow you to begin designing your own permaculture design project, based on the tools and strategies presented in Introduction to Permaculture.
February 9, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Fire in the Desert

General $32.00
Member $25.00
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The wide spacing between plants makes the Sonoran Desert relatively fire resistant. However, the introduction of buffelgrass, an invasive and fire-adapted bunchgrass from Africa, has increased the potential for fire.
February 10, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - Feb. 10

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!
February 10, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Kitchen Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Learn how to design a kitchen garden that is functional, low maintenance and has visual appeal.
February 10, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Astronomy Across Cultures

General $25.00
Member $20.00
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Come to the Garden to learn with Ric Alling, from the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration, cosmology in both Native American and Western worlds.
February 11, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Growing Orchids

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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In this class, participants will learn the importance of temperature, light, potting mixes, fertilizer, watering and other techniques used to successfully grow orchids.
February 11, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Canines: Mexican Gray Wolves and Coyotes

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Canines: Mexican Gray Wolves and Coyotes 2/11/15
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These intelligent and social canines live in family groups and are an important part of Arizona’s ecology.
February 11, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - Feb. 11

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.
February 12, 2015

Photography and Art

Revealing Memories

General $56.00
Member $45.00
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We will show you how to combine images, music, narration and text using Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
February 12, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Tantalizing Tortillas

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Denise Clayton will show you how to make perfect flour tortillas that can be used for burritos or as an accompaniment to many Mexican dishes.
February 13, 2015

Photography and Art

Mastering the Tools of Photography: Composition

General $75.00
Member $60.00
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In this class, we will examine traditional rules of composition and break down a photograph to its basic elements while discussing depth of field, lens selection and cropping using Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
February 14, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Great Backyard Bird Count

General $15.00
Member $12.00
Product Great Backyard Bird Count 2/14/15
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day looking for birds at the Garden as part of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
February 15, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking 101: Soups

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Cooking 101 Soups 2/15/15
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Warm the chilly months and globe-trot with us as you learn and sample some of the culinary pleasure of soup.
February 15, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Herb Garden Design

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Herb Garden Design 2/15/15
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Liz Lonetti will discuss basic approaches for designing and planting herb gardens, starting with soil composition and proper pH requirements.
February 15, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Aloes for Desert Landscapes

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Aloes for Desert Landscapes 2/15/15
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Tired of seeing one plant after another succumb to extreme Phoenix weather? Discover the many varieties of aloes—beyond Aloe vera—that are best suited to harsh desert summers.
February 15, 2015 - February 19, 2015

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started - Feb.

General $94.00
Member $75.00
Product Digital Desert Photography Getting Started 2/15/15
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This introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or simply want to create consistently better-looking images. Topics covered include the basic rules of composition, general tips for taking better pictures, and the use of auto-scene modes.
February 16, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Square-Foot Gardening

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Square-foot Gardening 2/16/15
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Let Carol Stuttard guide you through this ingenious method of gardening, perfect for people short on space and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening.
February 17, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - Feb. 17

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sunrise Tai Chi 2/17/15
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health.
February 17, 2015

Photography and Art

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Wildlife Photography An Introduction 2/17/15
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This class will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to produce beautiful images every time, whether you are beginning digital photographer or experienced photographer interested in wildlife.
February 17, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Vegan Thailand

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Vegan Thailand 2/17/15
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Chef Jason Wyrick, New York Times bestselling author, will take you on another culinary journey to Thailand in this popular class, back with all new recipes.
February 19, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Virtues of Eating Insects

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Virtues of Eating Insects 2/19/15
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Learn more about the role insects have played in the human diet throughout history and how eating bugs can help save the planet. Those with brave appetites may sample some commercial insect delicacies.
February 20, 2015

Photography and Art

Garden Glass Blowing - Afternoon

General $112.00
Member $89.00
Product Glass Blowing Afternoon 2/20/15
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Swirl together color, heat and imagination in one creative piece of glass with the help of glass blowing experts from Circle 6 Studios.
February 20, 2015

Photography and Art

Garden Glass Blowing - Evening

General $112.00
Member $89.00
Product Glass Blowing Evening 2/20/15
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Swirl together color, heat and imagination in one creative piece of glass with the help of glass blowing experts from Circle 6 Studios.
February 21, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Lower Salt River Sunset Float Trip

Trip is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 21, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Glass Blowing - Barrel Cactus

General $42.00
Member $32.00
Product Family Glass Blowing Barrel Cactus 2/21/15
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Swirl together color, heat and imagination in one creative piece of glass with the help of glassblowing experts from Phoenix’s Circle 6 Studios. This class is limited to families with children ages 8-14 years old.
February 22, 2015

Photography and Art

Wildlife Photography: In the Field

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 22, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Glass Blowing - Flower

General $42.00
Member $32.00
Product Family Glass Blowing Flower 2/22/15
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Swirl together color, heat and imagination in one creative piece of glass with the help of glassblowing experts from Phoenix’s Circle 6 Studios! This class is limited to families with children ages 8-14 years old.
February 23, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Hohokam Culture

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Hohokam Culture 2/23/15
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Learn about the Hohokam people and how they lived and thrived in a desert environment for over 1,000 years!
February 24, 2015

Photography and Art

Photography: Post Production

General $50.00
Member $40.00
Product Photography Post Production 2/24/15
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Learn how to use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements to give photos a finished look. Instructor Ashley Lowery will explain techniques for cropping, color correction and general editing.
February 24, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - Feb. 24

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sunrise Tai Chi 2/24/15
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$18.00
 
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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!
February 24, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Succulents for the Landscape

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Succulents for the Landscape 2/24/15
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$38.00
 
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A diverse array of succulents can be planted in your landscape or containers. This class will provide you with easy-to-use techniques for overall care and maintenance for healthy and vibrant plants.
February 24, 2015

Photography and Art

Succulent Fairy Gardens

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 25, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Succulent Propagation

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Succulent Propagation 2/25/15
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In this class, participants will propagate a variety of succulent cuttings using different techniques. We will discuss what type of soil mixes to use and best fertilizing and watering practices.
February 25, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - Feb. 25

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sundown Yoga 2/25/15
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$18.00
 
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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.
February 25, 2015

Photography and Art

Mosaic Aloe in 3-D

General $150.00
Member $120.00
Product Mosaic Aloe in 3D 2/25/15
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Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
February 26, 2015

Photography and Art

Mastering the Tools of Photography: The Secret of Lighting

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Mastering the Tools of Photography The Secret of Lighting 2/26/15
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Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. In this class, we will discover light sources and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade.
February 26, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Herb Gardening for Beginners

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Herb Gardening for Beginners 2/26/15
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In this class, we will explore the history of how herbs were once used, and how they are valued now. We will also discuss the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success.
February 27, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Our Master Singers: Mockingbirds, Catbirds and Thrashers

General $81.00
Member $65.00
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Discover the varied ecology of this diverse group and learn the keys to identifying the species.
February 28, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

General $81.00
Member $65.00
Product Pre and Postnatal Yoga 2/28/15
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New and future mothers will practice yoga moves and breathing techniques as well as learn about childbirth options, pain management, breastfeeding among other topics.
February 28, 2015

Photography and Art

iPhone and iPad Photography - Feb.

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product iPhone and iPad Photography 2/28/15
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Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing.
February 28, 2015 - March 4, 2015

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps - Feb.

General $94.00
Member $75.00
Product Digital Desert Photography Next Steps 2/28/15
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$94.00
 
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This introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or simply want to create consistently better-looking images. Topics covered include the basic rules of composition, general tips for taking better pictures, and the use of auto-scene modes.
March 4, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - Mar. 4

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sundown Yoga 3/4/15
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$18.00
 
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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.
April 7, 2015 - June 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate

In this 20-hour program, students learn crucial concepts to design landscapes that are resilient, long-lasting and that use resources wisely.


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.

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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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