Desert Botanical Garden Releases First Landscaping Guide

May 24, 2017


Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing 
Phone: 480 481.8101

Clare Hahne - Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 480 481.8102

Desert Botanical Garden Releases First Landscaping Guide

PHOENIX, May 24, 2017 – For 20 years, Desert Botanical Garden’s Desert Landscape School (DLS) has served as a leader in desert landscape, installation and maintenance. The Garden is expanding its DLS offerings this year by releasing its first landscape guide—“Desert Landscape School: A Guide to Desert Landscaping & Maintenance.” Sharing techniques and best practices to design, install and maintain attractive and sustainable landscaping, this guide is the only comprehensive publication of its kind.

The guide can be used as a self-directed learning tool for landscape professionals, homeowners and avid gardeners alike. Its 171 pages offer state-of-of-the-art information, pertinent examples, vibrant images and informative illustrations to cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • How deserts are formed and key desert plant adaptations
  • How to plant, prune and diagnose plant problems
  • Sustainable irrigation practices
  • How to design and install desert landscapes

“A key part of the Garden’s commitment to the community is the education of desert plant care, and this guide is an excellent example of how we are fulfilling that promise,” said Ken Schutz, Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director at Desert Botanical Garden. “This guide is an indispensable resource replete with practical information about what to do and what not to do when creating and caring for a desert garden,” 

Since 1997, DLS has trained students with a wide variety of backgrounds, aptitudes, previous knowledge and goals. However, a single, comprehensive resource did not exist to capture the extensive training provided in this program. Reviewed by 16 Garden staff members and 30 outside researchers, experts and educators, the guide is a compilation of the course that allows readers the freedom to educate themselves on their own time.   

The guide is available for purchase in the Desert Botanical Garden Shop or online at for $80 and $64 for Garden Members.

About Desert Lanscape School:
DLS offers certificate programs with specialized tracks to help students design or maintain their gardens, start a new career or advance their current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices. Students learn directly from Garden horticulture staff in a number of topics, including plant species identification, diagnostics and sustainable landscaping practices. No prior experience is required to attend the School. 

For more information about DLS or to sign up for an upcoming course, visit or call 480 481.8146.   

About Desert Botanical Garden:
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.