Garden closes early Dec. 15-17 at 4 p.m. With Last Admission at 3 p.m. Due to Las Noches De Las Luminarias.


January 4, 2017


Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing 
Phone: 480 481.8101

Desert Botanical Garden's Desert Landscape School Opens New Learning Lab This Spring
Class Registration Now Open

For ten years, the Desert Botanical Garden’s Desert Landscape School has provided education on all aspects of desert landscape installation and maintenance for Garden members and the general public. Whether you are looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, allow you to start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices. Students may register online at or by calling 480 481.8146.

“For the Desert Landscape School we want to offer a program that includes experiential learning and is not limited to a classroom setting. The new curriculum is based around using the Garden as a living example,” says Tina Wilson, Director of Education. “Course material and content has been designed by education staff with professional training and experience in adult learning and curriculum design with the help of experts who work in the field.”

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Saturdays / January 14 - March 18 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $259 / General Public: $324

In this program, various plant forms with be highlighted that are used in urban desert landscapes. At each class, a specific plant category will be discussed. Our experts will share important information on selected plants and give you their tips and experience in identifying these plants in the field and ensuring their proper placement in the landscape. This class is ideal for professionals and homeowners looking to increase their plant palette when designing desert landscapes. This is a 20-hour program that includes the following desert plant groups:

  • Annuals
  • Herbaceous perennials
  • Ornamental grasses and bulbs
  •  Vines and groundcovers
  • Succulents
  • Agaves
  • Yuccas
  • Cacti
  • Shrubs
  • Trees

The new Desert Landscape School program is presented as a certificate-based system with multiple entry points suited to the needs and goals of the students. When students successfully complete the attendance and assessment requirements for each of the six certificates, they earn the Desert Landscape School credential. 

The Desert Landscape School is unique in that students learn directly from Garden horticulture staff and experts in a number of topics including plant species identification, diagnostics and sustainable landscaping practices. In addition, the School provides an installation certificate and works with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity® where students get the chance to work out in the field and install a complete landscape. Along with the new certificate-based system, the Desert Landscape School is publishing a guide that will serve as the main study material based on current best practices for sustainable landscaping in a desert environment.      

Since 1997, the Desert Landscape School has trained people with a wide variety of backgrounds, aptitudes, previous knowledge and goals. Among the School’s special features are: access to the Garden's extensive collection of desert plants; hands-on training in horticulture and desert-landscape practices; knowledgeable staff and instructors; no prior experience required.

About Desert Botanical Garden
A “Phoenix Point of Pride”, the 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. The Desert Botanical Garden is located inside Papago Park at 1201 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Garden is open every day, except Thanksgiving, December 25 and July 4, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Call 480-941-1225 or visit for more information.