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Desert Botanical Garden offers professionals an opportunity to learn from experts about all aspects of desert landscaping and earn a credential upon completion. With the Garden as a classroom and a new state-of-the-art learning lab, the School is an exceptional training environment to learn about sustainable landscape practices, design and maintenance, desert plants and more.

Desert Landscape School Certificate Programs

Desert Ecology and Plant Biology

Critical concepts of plant structures and functions with an emphasis on how they relate to desert landscapes.

Desert Plant Palette

A selection of trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, cacti, succulents and other plant-forms used in desert landscapes, field identification and proper placement in the landscape.

Planting and Maintenance

Appropriate techniques in planting, pruning and diagnosing plant problems. 

Sustainable Desert Landscapes

Designing sustainable desert landscapes, using knowledge in soil sciences, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices in landscape design and management. 


Desert Design

Creation and rendering of a residential design concept from a functional diagram, to preliminary designs and a finalized master plan. 



Desert Landscape Installation

Learn the appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape, then apply this knowledge by working on a real-life installation project.  



Desert Lanscape School Guide

Desert Landscape School: A Guide to Desert Landscaping and Maintenance is the School’s comprehensive training guide, with chapters that narrate the topics in each certificate. Best practices, illustrations and instructions guide you through how to select, install and maintain plants in a desert environment. 

Find it at: 

Desert Botanical Garden Shop
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Changing Hands
300 W Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013