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The Desert Landscape School program is consisted of 27 weekly classes divided in six modules and offered from September through March of each year.

2013-2014 Program Schedule

Weekly Class Schedule

Module I: Introduction to the Desert Landscape

  • Desert Environment
  • Plant Biology for Desert Landscapes
  • Desert Soils and Fertilization
  • Landscape Processes - Design/Construction/Management

Module II: Selection and Care of Desert Trees

  • Desert Trees
  • Tree Planting and Staking
  • Pruning Principles for Trees
  • Pruning Practice

Module III: Sustainable Practices in Water and Pest Management 

  • Pests and Pesticide Safety 
  • Plant Health Management
  • Creating Sustainable Landscapes
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Practices  

Module IV: Desert Landscape Life Forms

  • Shrubs and Ornamental Grasses
  • Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Ground Covers
  • Agaves and Yuccas 
  • Cacti and Succulents

Module V: Landscape Design

  • Basic Drafting Skills, Client Interview and Site Analysis
  • Landscape Design Process and Practice                 
  • Design Development
  • Design Presentation and Client Deliverables 

Module VI: Capstone - Landscape Installation

  • Landscape Installation I
  • Landscape Installation II
  • Landscape Installation III
  • Landscape Installation IV
  • Landscape Installation V
2013-2014 Program Schedule

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The great weather, spring break and the Chihuly in the Garden exhibition are all helping the Garden to sell out. You most likely will be turned away if we are sold out and you don’t have tickets. 

If you plan to visit the Garden, we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time online. It’s fast, easy and you have three options for tickets:

1) you can print them at home and bring them with you;
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3) you can give your name at the admission window and we can look up the order. 

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