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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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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015

Photography and Art

Concrete Leaf Casting

This program has been CANCELLED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.
May 27, 2015 - June 3, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Small Outdoor Patios

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Small Outdoor Patios 5/27/15
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$75.00
 
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Learn how to design elegant landscapes for courtyards, outdoor balconies and side yards that are beautiful and easy to maintain.
May 28, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sugar Detox

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 28, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Growing Sages

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Growing Sages 5/28/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn what makes a true sage and experiment its many uses, from cooking to attracting hummingbirds.
May 28, 2015

Photography and Art

Storm-Chasing Photography

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 30, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Gardens and Containers

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Gardens and Containers 5/30/15
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$44.00
 
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Tired of watering your containers by hand? Learn how to design and install a drip system to create stunning containers and gardens.
June 6, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Vegan Tacos

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Vegan Tacos 6/6/15
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$62.00
 
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Are you eating your daily recommended servings of vegetables? Take a new twist on traditional tacos - vegan style!
June 7, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

A Southwest Picnic

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product A Southwest Picnic 6/7/15
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Are you ready to perfect alfresco dining? Learn the basics of cooking fish—a skill that can be used year-round—and how to make steelhead fish tacos with pickled onions and Baja cream.
June 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Cacti: Cultivation and Care

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Cacti: Cultivation and Care 6/9/15
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$38.00
 
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This class provides easy-to-use techniques for overall care and maintenance to achieve healthy and vibrant specimens.
June 10, 2015 - June 17, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening (Core)

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening (Core) 6/10/15
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$75.00
 
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The Sonoran Desert has unique soils, temperature extremes, rainy seasons and other factors that impact plant growth. Learn how you can work with rather than against these factors to be a successful desert gardener.
June 10, 2015 - June 13, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Arizona's Owls

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Arizona's Owls 6/10/15
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$56.00
 
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Join Tom Gaskill as he introduces you to Arizona’s most common owl species. Learn about their behavior, preferred habitats and distinctive calls. Summer is a great time for owls here.
June 13, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Container Gardening: Ornamentals

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Container Gardening: Ornamentals 6/13/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn how to consider plant size, shape and color to create intriguing containerized arrangements that will impress your friends and neighbors and attract wildlife, including hummingbirds.
June 14, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Sustainable Edible Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Sustainable Edible Gardens 6/14/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn how to select plants that produce season after season, including the best annual and perennial fruits and vegetables for the low desert!
June 14, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Exotic Year-Round Salads

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Exotic Year-Round Salads 6/14/15
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$62.00
 
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Learn how to prepare exotic salads for your summer gatherings using fresh, nutritious ingredients. With flavors that can be served year-round, these wholesome salads use spices and ingredients with lower amounts of calories, salts, sugars and fats.
June 19, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Photography and Art

Mosaic Sphere

General $188.00
Member $150.00
Product Mosaic Sphere 6/19/15
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$188.00
 
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Spheres are among the most popular garden mosaic forms. They are also one of the simplest to create. Learn techniques for nipping and fitting porcelain tiles to a 12-inch terracotta sphere and how to use design, color and texture to create a beautiful garden gem.
June 20, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Watering and Controller Programming

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Watering and Controller Programming 6/20/15
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$44.00
 
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Ensure the health of your plants by learning correct watering techniques and the proper way to program your home irrigation system.
June 22, 2015 - July 29, 2015

Photography and Art

Desert Flowers in Pastel - Package Deal

General $188.00
Member $151.00
Product Desert Flowers in Pastel-Package-6/22/15
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$188.00
 
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Unlike paints, pastels do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium.
June 24, 2015 - June 27, 2015

Photography and Art

Ghost Town Photography - Package Deal

General $174.00
Member $139.00
Product Ghost Town Photography-Package Deal 6/24/15
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$174.00
 
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Learn how to photograph the stark beauty of abandoned and historic buildings in the classroom. Then use these skills to capture images of the enchanting hillside town of Jerome.
June 24, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

After the Lawn is Gone

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product After the Lawn is Gone 6/24/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn how to reduce your yard work and your water bills by replacing your grass with a desert-friendly landscape. Summer is the ideal time to remove your lawn!
June 25, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Companion Planting

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Companion Planting 6/25/15
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$38.00
 
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Companion planting helps bring a balanced ecosystem to your garden, essentially letting nature do the work. Join Carol Stuttard to learn the secrets of companion planting!
June 28, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Summer Tree Care

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Summer Tree Care 6/28/15
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$38.00
 
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High temperatures, low rainfall and windstorms can cause serious damage to trees. This class will help you prepare your trees—one the most valuable features in your landscape—for summer.
July 2, 2015

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - July

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Moonscape Photography 7/2/15
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$56.00
 
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For amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only.
July 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Feng Shui for the Garden

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Feng Shui for the Garden 7/9/15
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$38.00
 
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Discover basic principles and tools to assess your yard and create an environment of ease, flow and beauty!
July 9, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

California Condors

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product California Condors 7/9/15
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$32.00
 
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California condors are the largest flying birds in North America with wingspans measuring up to nine and a half feet! Members of New World vultures, these opportunistic scavengers were common throughout the western part of North America, including the Grand Canyon, during prehistoric times.
July 11, 2015

Photography and Art

Desert Wax Etching

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Desert Wax Etching 7/11/15
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$44.00
 
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Create a stunning and amazingly easy piece of art. The secret is a liquid, brush-on wax that is easily etched and buffed with acrylic paint and results in a beautiful, distressed antique look. Image design transfers are available, or you may create your own design.
July 15, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Landscape Watering Basics

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Landscape Watering Basics 7/15/15
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$38.00
 
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Improve the health of your plants and reduce your water use with a simple, three-step process and specific watering tailored to the desert.
July 16, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Herbal Tea Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Herbal Tea Gardens 7/16/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn which herbs, including chamomile, hibiscus, rose hips, and peppermint are perfectly suited for tea and thrive well in the desert!
July 17, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Tonto Natural Bridge

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
July 17, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Class: It's Toad Time

General $15.00
Member $12.00
Product It's Toad Time
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$15.00
 
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Join us for a night all about desert amphibians – amazing creatures that need water, but thrive in a desert environment! This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
July 18, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Fig Obsession

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Fig Obsession 7/18/15
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$62.00
 
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Figs have been with us since ancient times.They are not only delicious, but have one of the highest dietary fiber content of any fruit and provide many health benefits.
July 19, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Kokedama: Creating Suspended Gardens

General $73.00
Member $59.00
Product Kokedama: Creating Suspended Gardens 7/19/15
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$73.00
 
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Kokedama is a variation of the ancient Japanese art of bonsai and are gaining popularity as gardeners worldwide are creating incredible pieces of living art!
July 21, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Vegan Sushi

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Vegan Sushi 7/21/15
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$62.00
 
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While sushi can be expensive to eat out, enjoy an opportunity to learn from Chef Jason Wyrick as he demonstrates how you can easily make delicious sushi at home with a focus on vegetables.
July 22, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Water in the Garden

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Water in the Garden 7/22/15
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$44.00
 
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Landscape designer Bryan White will show you how to choose the best site, develop construction drawings and specifications, and select the right materials from a wide variety of options.
July 23, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Dinosaurs in Arizona

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Dinosaurs in Arizona 7/23/15
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$32.00
 
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Did you know Arizona was once covered with a prehistoric ocean and later a lush tropical rain forest? During the Triassic and Jurassic periods, dinosaurs dominated the landscape. Fossil remains of at least 15 different species have been found.
July 25, 2015

Photography and Art

Walnut Wonder Gourds

General $145.00
Member $116.00
Product Walnut Wonder Gourds 7/25/15
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$145.00
 
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Cross sections of black walnut shells inlaid on a gourd create a stylish design for a fine piece of art. Learn techniques to precisely insert these unique cross sections and attach seagrass coiling around the inlaid shells and gourd rim to finish the project.
July 25, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Maximize Your Irrigation System

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Maximize Your Irrigation System 7/25/15
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$44.00
 
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Learn how to identify and correct problems and maximize the efficiency of your irrigation without having to replace your old system!
July 26, 2015

Photography and Art

iPhone/iPad Photography - July

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
July 26, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking 101: Sauces

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Cooking 101: Sauces 7/26/15
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$62.00
 
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Travel the globe as we prepare six sauces from around the world! We examine local specialties, including a delicious homemade hot sauce,
July 27, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Nightscaping Your Garden

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Nightscaping Your Garden 7/27/15
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$38.00
 
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A great way to unwind after a long day is to unplug in your garden during the evening. Learn about night-bloomers and plants with silver leaves that shine after dark!
July 28, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Pollinator Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Pollinator Gardens 7/28/15
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$38.00
 
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Discover the best plants for attracting exquisite butterflies and moths, vitally important bees and fascinating hummingbirds to your garden!
July 29, 2015 - August 1, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Turkey and Black Vultures

General $81.00
Member $65.00
Product Turkey and Black Vultures 7/29/15
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$81.00
 
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Discover the interesting world of Arizona’s vultures! Although these birds may have a gruesome reputation, they are essential to our environment, scavenging on carrion.
July 30, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

African Animals

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product African Animals 7/30/15
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Explore the wonders of African wildlife. Learn about the amazing and exotic animals that call the world’s second largest continent home.
August 1, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Hot Pots

General $111.00
Member $89.00
Product Hot Pots 8/1/15
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$111.00
 
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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.
August 2, 2015 - August 9, 2015

Photography and Art

Sculpted Lizard on Gourd

General $133.00
Member $106.00
Product Sculpted Lizard on Gourd 8/2/15
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$133.00
 
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Build on that ‘expertise’ using air-dried clay to sculpt a lizard on a gourd. During the first session, demonstrations, samples and pictures provide inspiration as you add a finish to your gourd surface and sculpt your lizard.
August 2, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking with Summer Vegetables

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Cooking with Summer Vegetables 8/2/15
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$62.00
 
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Learn how to be more creative with vegetables that grow in the low desert. Chef Jason Wyrick will share recipes and tips by showcasing fresh vegetables available during the summer.
August 4, 2015

Photography and Art

Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction

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

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Bats

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Bats 8/5/15
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$32.00
 
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Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona. Unfortunately, eastern U.S. bat populations are declining faster than any other land mammal.
August 6, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

The Natural Garden

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product The Natural Garden 8/6/15
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$38.00
 
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Learn techniques for natural, non-toxic gardening in the desert Southwest.
August 7, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Bat Bonanza

General $15.00
Member $12.00
Product Bat Bonanza
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$15.00
 
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Glide, flit and float through the night with some of the most interesting nocturnal animals around – bats! This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
August 8, 2015

Photography and Art

Books to Butterflies

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Books to Butterflies 8/8/15
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$75.00
 
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Transform book pages into a bounty of beautiful paper butterflies with layers of wings adding to flights of fancy.
August 8, 2015

Photography and Art

Shooting for the Stars: In the Field

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

Landscape and Gardening

The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus 8/8/15
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$38.00
 
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Discover some of the best cactus species available and how they can make dazzling additions to your garden or containers.
August 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Plant Propagation

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Plant Propagation 8/9/15
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$44.00
 
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Discover how to succeed with both sexual and asexual propagation of various plants to enhance your garden, save money and satisfy all your plant growing challenges!
August 9, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

International Flavors

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product International Flavors 8/9/15
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$62.00
 
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Come sample some delectable dishes with European and Asian flavors. Learn to use international ingredients to prepare assorted entrées and sides that are low in calories
August 15, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Wine, Water and Adventure-Early Bird Special

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
August 15, 2015

Photography and Art

Creative Lighting

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Creative Lighting 8/15/15
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$56.00
 
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Join Robert McBride as he illustrates how to see light—its quality, characteristics, intensity and direction. Learn how to take advantage of existing light, modify lighting and how exposure and lighting work together to create attention-grabbing photographs.
August 16, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Summer Soirée

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Summer Soiree 8/16/15
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$62.00
 
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Let the stars of seasonal produce shine in this menu perfect for summer entertaining!
August 18, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Salsa Frescas

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Salsa Frescas 8/18/15
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$62.00
 
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Whether spicy or mild, sweet or salty, fresh salsas can perk up any dish. Explore a variety of simple recipes to add complexity and freshness to your summer fare.
August 19, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Desert Ants

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Desert Ants 8/19/15
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$32.00
 
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Ants typically come up in conversations as subjects of annoyance. Unfortunately, this reputation is often unfairly extended to all ants, the majority of which reside in the wild and are incredibly diverse in their size, shape and behavior.
August 20, 2015 - August 27, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month 8/20/15
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$75.00
 
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Enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables all year. Learn month-by-month techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season’s harvest.
August 22, 2015

Photography and Art

Designing Jewelry from the Desert

General $81.00
Member $65.00
Product Designing Jewelry from the Desert 8/22/15
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$81.00
 
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Cholla skeletons are the dried wood portions from inside the cholla cactus and are beautifully weathered by the desert heat, sun and wind.
August 22, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Growing Grapes

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Growing Grapes 8/22/15
Quantity
$38.00
 
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Discover the best grape varieties that can be grown in your garden and tips for propagation, plant placement and more!
August 23, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Pruning Trees and Shrubs - Summer

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Pruning Trees and Shrubs 8/23/15
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$44.00
 
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Learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes.
August 25, 2015

Photography and Art

Desert in Black and White

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Desert in Black and White 8/25/15
Quantity
$56.00
 
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Black and white photography has long been the choice of photojournalists and artists because it forces the viewer to focus on the image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes significant and the contrast between light and dark, the choice of subject and the angle from which it is captured will create photographs with magnitude.
August 26, 2015 - August 29, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Wading Birds: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns and More

General $81.00
Member $65.00
Product Wading Birds: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns and More 8/26/15
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Identification of some of our large wading birds can be confusing, especially the white egret and immature heron.
August 28, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Nocturnal Desert

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Nocturnal Desert 8/28/15
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$32.00
 
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The Sonoran Desert comes alive during warm, summer nights. Join us as we explore the flora and fauna that have adapted to the desert by awakening when the sun goes down.
August 29, 2015

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - August

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Moonscape Photography 8/29/15
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$56.00
 
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The beauty of moonlit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photography and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of moon-illuminated landscapes in cloudy or clear conditions.
August 29, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Prickly Pear Harvest and Treats

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Prickly Pear Harvest and Treats 8/29/15
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$62.00
 
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Learn the traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats.
August 29, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sensational Sangria

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Sensational Sangria 8/29/15
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$62.00
 
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Sangria is a summer favorite in the Southwest. This flavorful and refreshing beverage combines the goodness of summer fruits with your favorite wine.
August 29, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Desert Stargazing

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Desert Stargazing 8/29/15
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$38.00
 
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Arizona is the astronomy capital of the United States. Using a backyard telescope, binoculars or just the unaided eye, there are countless wonders to be seen that inspire thoughts about the origins of life and the vastness of space.
August 30, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Cocktail Garden

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Cocktail Garden 8/30/15
Quantity
$38.00
 
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From juleps and mojitos, to martinis and Moscow mules, many of the herbs, fruits and vegetables that infuse these intoxicating beverages can be easily grown in your garden!


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.

Adult Education Age Requirements


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