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Special events, classes and trips


daily and weekly activities Daily and weekly activities included with membership or admission Garden Tours

Group Tours and Activities

Daily / October 1 - May 9

We offer special discounts and customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Join us at a time and date of your choosing for team building, education and entertainment offerings, including private guided tours, planting activities, southwestern cooking demonstrations and La Bella Terre classes. Ask about our Native American tour package that includes a boxed lunch and visits to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum to see the works of Apache artist Allan Houser. Call 480-481-8104 or go to for pricing and more information.

Can you drink water from a cactus? Do century plants really live 100 years? Get your burning questions answered on this docent-led tour and see why our desert plant collection is world-renowned. You will discover how plants survive, and even thrive, under the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Bring your camera and water, and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

garden meetings Arizona Native Plant Society Meeting The Arizona Native Plant Society provides information, fosters appreciation of, and helps protect Arizona’s native plants. The Phoenix chapter emphasizes Sonoran Desert plants. Call Doug Green at 480-998-5638 for more information.

Birds in the Garden Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including firsttime birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

Tuesdays / 7 - 9 p.m. / February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11 / Webster Auditorium Everyone welcome

Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting

Mondays / March-April / 8 a.m. Second Saturdays / March-April / 8 a.m. Mondays / May / 7 a.m. Second Saturdays / May / 7 a.m.

The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society encourages the appreciation, study and growing of cacti and other succulents. Each meeting features a program about aspects of these fabulous plants. Call Judy Braun-Brody at 480481-8129 for more information.

Ask a Gardener

Sundays / 2 p.m. / February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30 / Dorrance Hall / Everyone welcome

Want ideas for creating year-round color in your yard and conserving water in the desert? Drop by our Ask a Gardener station where knowledgeable volunteers can help with your gardening questions. Saturdays and Sundays / March-April / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kids Corner Saturdays and Sundays / 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. January 9 - May 9

Explore fun, self-led activities to learn about desert plants and animals. Activities are science-based and hands-on.

Audio Tours These lighthearted, fun and informative tours bring alive our collections of plants along the Desert Discovery Trail. Adult or family audio presentations are another great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Garden. Free for Members / $3 Non-Members 2


Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale This fantastic show features prize-winning cactus and succulent plants grown by club members and judged by experts in the field. Society members will be available throughout the day to answer questions and give growing tips. Retail vendors will fill Boppart Courtyard selling cactus and succulent plants, pottery, books and more. Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Friday-Sunday / April 16, 17, 18 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dorrance Hall / Free with Garden Admission

Garden Members Annual Meeting Please join us for the Garden Members Annual Meeting, which includes a business meeting and the recognition of retiring and introduction of new board members. Thursday / June 10 / 5 - 7 p.m. / Dorrance Hall

exhibits Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Allan Houser. One of the bestknown and celebrated American Indian artists of the 20th century, Allan Houser’s work has been widely recognized throughout the world. The exhibition is located at both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum. The Garden exhibit features 18 sculptures in bronze that reflect the modernist influences on Houser’s work. Be sure to visit Ottosen Gallery to see Houser’s childrens book illustrations. The Heard Museum exhibit features paintings, sketches and small-scale sculptures from their collection. Garden members show your membership card at the Heard Museum and receive $2 off up to 2 adult or senior admissions. All children under age 18 visiting with the member will be given free admission.

Through May 30, 2010

Sponsored by

The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation Allan Houser, Anasazi, 1987. Bronze, 48” x 84” x 66”, ed. of 3. © Chiinde, LLC. Allan Houser, Inc. Photo: Adam Rodriguez.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion Presented by Wells Fargo Take a stroll through the beautiful Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Watch as butterflies sip nectar from plants and perch in the sun. If you are lucky, one might even land on you! Our special display areas feature butterfly host plants and an activity tent where you can see our scaly-winged friends up close. Additional support provided by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation. March 6 - May 9 / 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Members: Free / General Public: $3.50 Children under three free with paid Garden admission

special events Romance in the Garden

Friday, February 12, 2010 / 7 - 9:30 p.m. / Ullman Terrace Doors open at 6 p.m. In case of rain, concert will be held in Dorrance Hall.

Begin a weekend of romance at the Desert Botanical Garden with an outdoor candlelit concert under starry skies. The evening will showcase divine diva Nancy Gee followed by Phoenix legend Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience. Enjoy cocktails at the cash bar or try a wine flight with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle. Optional Italian-inspired dinner including antipastos, entrees, sweets and hot coffee provided by Atlasta Catering and Event Concepts is available for purchase. Full menu and details available at Must be 21 or older to attend, no exceptions. Concert Tickets: Members: $30 / General Public: $35 Optional Dinner Ticket: $35 (concert ticket required)



special events Children’s Breakfast with the Butterflies Saturday, March 6 OR Sunday, March 7 9 - 11 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) / Dorrance Hall Member: Adult $35 / Children $30 General Public: Adult $40 / Children $35 Recommended for children ages 3-10

Spring Social Event Series 2010 Thursdays / March - May / 6 - 8 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Thursday is the new Friday and DBG is the hippest locale to start the weekend. Spiked! returns for another swell season with classic cocktails, supper prepared by Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts and first-class local music. As you stroll the Garden by starlight, see night blooming cacti and the mod sculptures of 20th century American Indian artist Allan Houser. Only at DBG can you eat, drink & be merry in a marvelous outdoor desert setting. Spiked! tickets include general Garden admission featuring the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit, music and cuisine—a smashing value. Cocktails and other beverages are available for purchase at the cash bar. $3 glasses of wine available 6-7p.m. Advanced purchase is recommended. More details available at spiked.

The Desert Botanical Garden invites you to a colorful celebration for the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Enjoy a delightful catered breakfast, followed by children’s entertainment and butterfly-related activities. All guests will receive admission to the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Children will receive their own pair of butterfly wings to wear and take home.

Must be 21 or older to attend and show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present. Programming is subject to change.

March 4 Herb Garden The Love Me Nots March 11 Wildflower Pavilion DJs dk.strickler & World Famous Rani “g” March 18 Wildflower Pavilion Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce April 1 Ullman Terrace Dry River Yacht Club Sponsored in part by

April 8 Boppart Courtyard Black Carl April 15 Ullman Terrace The Market April 29 Wildflower Pavilion DJ Dana May 6 Boppart Courtyard Surfside IV


Spring Butterfly Luncheon

Sunday, March 7 / 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Dorrance Hall (doors open at Noon) Member: $55 / General Public: $60 Menu and presentation are designed for adults

The arrival of the spring season at the Desert Botanical Garden means the arrival of beautiful blooms and beautiful butterflies. The Desert Botanical Garden invites you to take in the scenery and enjoy the celebration by attending the new Spring Butterfly Luncheon. Guests will enjoy a delightful buffet-style lunch, the cheerful sounds of acoustic quartet Hot Club of Phoenix, and an interactive and educational presentation by Terri Nacke, Eco-ista and Founder of La Bella Terre, Botany for the Body. Guests will also receive admission into the Maxine & Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Visit for detailed information.

To Purchase Tickets for all Events:

• Order online at • Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily) 4


15th Annual Scottsdale Artists League Spring Paintout March 6 - April 4 Saturdays / March 6, 13, 20, 27 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. throughout the Garden Show & Sale / Friday-Sunday / April 2 - 4 / 9 a.m. 3 p.m. / Stardust Foundation Plaza at the Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League will co-sponsor their annual Spring Paintout. More than 40 of the league’s best landscape artists will set up their easels at the Garden and paint every Saturday in March. The public is encouraged to interact with them and see art and nature in new ways. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit

Spring Plant Sale The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience with one of the largest selections of arid-adapted plants available in a single location. Garden volunteers and horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and provide advice. There is also a used book sale offering a wide variety of subjects with all proceeds benefiting the Garden’s library. (Book donations are accepted at Garden admissions at the front entrance. Sorry, no magazines.) Purchase pottery and other delightful garden accessories from specialty retailers. No admission charge to enter the plant sale. Garden Members Preview: Friday / March 19 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open to the Public: Saturday March 20 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. AND Sunday / March 21 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Agave on the Rocks March 26, 2010 Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.

Member: $55 / General Public: $60 Purchase tickets prior to March 12 and receive a $5 discount on ticket price

This year Agave on the Rocks is returning to its agave roots. Guests can expect a deliciously fun evening out for a ticket price that maximizes value. Comprised of gourmet cuisine—prepared by renowned Valley restaurants & caterers, hot music and scrumptious margaritas, this event is not your ordinary Garden party! Look for the official invite, expected to hit your mailbox in early March, or visit for more information. Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted.No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present.Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Event programming is subject to change. No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the event. No refunds, exchanges or rain dates. Event price represents full market value and is not tax deductible.

To Purchase Tickets: • • •

Order online at Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday) Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.) CALENDAR OF EVENTS


special events Jazz in the Garden Spring Concert Series 2010

Fridays / Ullman Terrace March - May: 7 - 9 p.m. / June: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. / In case of rain, concert will be held in Dorrance Hall

Jazz up your Friday nights at the Desert Botanical Garden’s spring concert series. Enjoy evenings surrounded by desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians. Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events provides a chef-attended food station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open with food for purchase from the daily café menu. Cash bar and wine flights are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle. Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets available. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For ten or more tickets, please call 480-481-8104 for a group discount. No refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. No outside food, beverage or alcohol allowed. Members: $14 / General Public: $20 7 - 9 p.m. March 5 Nina Curri and the King Snakes / Jazz-Blues March 12 Solomon Douglas Quartet / Jazz-Big Band March 19 Big Pete Pearson / Blues-Boogie-Soul April 2 Hot Club of Phoenix / Acoustic-Swing-Jazz April 9 Pete Pancrazi / Jazz Guitar-Bossa Nova April 16 Fuerza Caribe / Latin Jazz-Salsa-Mambo April 30 Huneybrown / Jazz-R&B-Blues May 7 Armand Boatman’s Be-Bop Revolution / Jazz May 14 The Del Rayz / Blues-Boogie-Jazz May 21 Cinco de Moio / Latin Jazz-Lounge May 28 Dennis Rowland / Jazz-R&B-Soul 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25

Dinner on the Desert Saturday / April 24 / 6 p.m.

The evening begins in the Ottosen Entry Garden with a signature cocktail and a final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit. As the sun sets, guests will take in the evening beauty of the Garden as they make their way to Dorrance Hall 6

Sponsored in part by:

Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns R&B-Soul-Jazz The Bad Cactus Brass Band Jazz-Funk-Blues The Jump Back Brothers Roots-Blues Big Nick and the Gila Monsters Chicago Blues-Americana

Programming subject to change.


Guests must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted, even if a parent or guardian is present.

To Purchase Tickets:

• Order online at • Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

to bid on plants, pots and garden art, and savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. A short stroll takes you to the magical setting of the Stardust Foundation Plaza for a Native-American inspired dinner. The party continues at Boppart Courtyard with entertainment and dancing under the stars. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the

Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500. Reservations are limited. Please call Esther Battock at 480-481-8182 for more information or rerservations.

Mother’s Day with Esteban Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Desert Botanical Garden with the unbelievable musical talents of Esteban in concert. The Garden has created two concert options to best accommodate your plans: the 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious buffet brunch (table seating only). The 4 - 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only) Tickets are limited. Advance ticket purchase required. No refunds or exchanges on ticket(s) purchased. Sunday / May 9 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Concert and brunch: $85 (doors open at 10 a.m.)

Golfin’ in the Desert Saturday / May 8 / Shotgun start 7:30 a.m. ASU Karsten Golf Course

Volunteers in the Garden announces its annual golf tournament. Sign up now to enjoy a fun day of golf while contributing to this popular fundraiser for Title I schools. Contact or go to to sign up.

Sunday / May 9 / 4 - 6 p.m. Concert only: $50 (doors open at 3 p.m.) Dorrance Hall

To Purchase Tickets:

• Order online at • Call 480-481-8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

$100 per person / Includes golf, cart fees and lunch

member events

Patrons Circle and Garden Fund Member Events

Saguaro Circle, Curator’s Circle, Director’s Circle, President’s Circle and Founder’s Circle members give $1,250$25,000 annually and are part of the Patrons Circle. The Garden’s Agave Century Club, Boojum Tree Club and Golden Barrel Club members give $150-$1,249 annually and are part of the Garden Fund.

Arts and Flowers 2010 at the Phoenix Art Museum Patrons Circle members can enjoy a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Arts and Flowers Exhibition. View a showcase of interpretive floral designs with works of art from the Museum’s collection. Attend a floral arranging demonstration and presentation by a designer featured this year in the exhibit. For additional information, contact Marcos Voss at 480-481-8179 or

Home Garden Tour Patrons Circle members will enjoy an exclusive and relaxing stroll through three exquisite residential gardens followed by a gourmet picnic buffet. Event tickets are $50 per person. For additional information and reservations, please contact Danielle Vannatter at 480-481-8160 or Sunday / March 21 / 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Locations TBD

Thursday / March 4 / 5:30 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central, Phoenix

Spring Plant Sale and Barbeque The evening, presented exclusively for Patrons Circle members, includes a delicious outdoor meal and the opportunity to shop for beautiful plants for your home garden. Horticulture staff will be on-site to answer specific plant questions and give landscaping advice and tips. For additional information, please contact Jane Kernen at 480-481-8147 or Thursday / March 18 / 5 - 7:30 p.m. Garden East Parking Lot CALENDAR OF EVENTS


save the date Summer Flashlight Tours Flashlight Tours are held every Thursday and Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m during the months of May through August. Flashlight Tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night with its nighthawks, snakes, insects and nightblooming flowers. Flashlight Tours are recommended for families and children of all ages and are a perfect summer date. For additional information call 480-941-1225 or visit

Desert Landscaper Certification Program

Secure your seat by registering now. Classes start September 6, 2010. For more information: check desertlandscaperschool and register online, call Rebecca at 480-481-8161 or Jaime Toledano at 480-481-8169 (Spanish language information).

arizona explorers lecture series Join us for an exciting lecture series bringing the wonders of Arizona to life through the talents of people who have explored our unique natural treasures for more than 70 years. A partnership between Arizona Highways and the Desert Botanical Garden, the Arizona Explorers lectures will use the resources of these two organizations to highlight the magnificence of Arizona. To register call 480-481-8188 or go to

Wildflower Adventures with Arizona Highways Photography Editor Jeff Kida In contrast to the snow blanketing the vegetation of many states, Arizona’s spring wildflowers come into bloom in early February. The program features this annual springtime burst of blooms from the lower deserts to the higher elevations, a cacophony of color that often continues into the summer rainy season. Join Arizona Highways photography editor Jeff Kida as he shares some of the magazines favorite locations, wildflower tips and techniques for capturing the beauty of the spring wildflower season. Limit 100. Monday / March 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Arizona Explorers: Creatures of the Night with Photographer Bruce Taubert Join wildlife biologist and photographer Bruce Taubert as he explores many of Arizona’s creatures of the night. Over the past several years Bruce has used high-speed flashes to photograph 27 of Arizona’s 28 species of bats eating, drinking, flying, or just hanging around. Bruce will also discuss and show photographs of reptiles, amphibians, scorpions, owls, and other creatures as he reveals Arizona’s dark side. Limit 100. Monday / May 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

gardening and landscaping Class offerings under the Desert Botanical Garden Mastership Program are labeled as follows:

DGM-C Desert Gardening Mastership Core DGM-E Desert Gardening Mastership Elective

Native Plants – The Elegant Solution (DGM-C) Get to know the plants that have called the Sonoran Desert their home for centuries. Native plants have evolved with specialized adaptations to thrive in our extreme conditions. This sets them above many of the high-maintenance–and sometimes frustrating–exotics too often used in landscapes around the Valley. Learn how to make these intriguing and beautiful natives a part of your landscape. Instructed by Garden curator Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Mondays and Tuesday March 8, 9 and 15 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $75 / General Public: $95 8


Irrigation System Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair (DGM-E) Avoid costly professional repairs and irrigation nightmares. If you already have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works, how to take care of it or make simple repairs, this program is for you. Improperly maintained systems can be challenging for homeowners. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems (drip, sprinklers, bubblers) and specific needs for each. Learn how to maintain the systems for peak efficiency to ensure plant health. You will also learn to troubleshoot the most common irrigation system failures, and to perform proper repair techniques from nozzle and emitter replacement to pipe repair. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / March 13 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Plant Sale Preview Walk Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to get a behindthe-scenes preview of the Spring Plant Sale and an inside look at the planning, organization and setup of this spring event with Kirti Mathura, the Garden’s curator of shrubs. This is a special tour not available to the public. Enjoy a walking tour of the plant sale area, including an explanation of the Garden’s Plant Introduction Program. This is a great opportunity to plan what you want to buy at the plant sale and have your questions answered directly by an expert. Participants will also be able to view mature plant specimens in landscape settings around the Garden. Limit 20. Sunday / March 14 / 1 - 3:30 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30

Designing Water Features: Home Fountains, Waterfalls and Ponds (DGM-E) Learn to create a beautiful and functional therapeutic retreat in your backyard. Learn the benefits of water saving and safety-conscious design from an expert in the field. Certified desert landscaper, master gardener and certified aquascape contractor Paul Holdeman will show you how to design and build water features. While keeping our desert climate in mind–and actually using less water than lawns or swimming pools–you can create valuable habitats for many wildlife species. The first session includes an industry overview, with topics ranging from the ethics of water features in the desert to construction methodologies. The second class covers proper installation techniques and construction of a wildlife habitat pond using flexible ponding systems. Students will also learn about wildlife health issues and the advantages of water-thrifty features and proper maintenance. Limit 20. Mondays / March 15 and 22 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75



gardening and desert landscaping Pruning Trees and Shrubs (DGM-E) Give the trees and shrubs in your landscape some ‘TLC’. In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will 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. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. Includes a pruning demonstration plus informative take home materials and resources. Instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25. Sunday / March 28 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening (DGM-C)

Landscape Design Basics (DGM-C) This series of classes covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that create attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable gardens appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. Discussion will cover different design philosophies, such as xeriscaping, permaculture and sustainability, as well basic design processes, principles and techniques. The instructor will walk participants through the stages of design and assign exercises at each step, from programming to design concept and development to construction documents. Class participants are encouraged to use their own yards for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Both hardscape and softscape design elements will be addressed. Emphasis will be given to designing in harmony with the natural systems of the Sonoran Desert. Instructed by landscape architect Jack Gilcrest. Limit 20.

Why don’t gardenias thrive in my garden? Why do my tulips fall flat? Why isn’t the soil in my yard dark and rich? The answer–you are in the Sonoran Desert! This introductory class is designed to teach you about the challenging conditions you will face when gardening in the low desert. Learn how to work with the unique soils, temperature extremes, bi-modal rainy seasons and human influences that impact plants in your landscape. Instructed by Garden curator Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Mondays / April 5 and 12 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

Beginning Bonsai When you love desert trees but cannot fit any more in your landscape, try them as miniature bonsai creations. This hands-on workshop will provide you with succulent plant, bonsai pot and soil. Under the gentle guidance of your instructor and your imagination, you will learn how to turn a plant into a living piece of art. Three classes will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. Instructed by Phoenix Bonsai Society educators. Limit 15.

Tuesdays / March 16, 30 April 13 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $75 / General Public: $95

Thursdays / April 8, 15, 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $85 / General Public: $105

Tree Biology (DGM-E)

Planting a Monsoon Garden

This foundational class will explore the wonders of tree anatomy and physiology and explain in simple terms how trees work. Learn how understanding tree form and function is essential to practicing proper tree maintenance. This interactive class will show you how trees obtain and use essential elements, how they compartmentalize decay, how they grow, mature and uniquely respond to their environment and how we can use this knowledge to improve their chance of success. Instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25. Tuesday / March 23 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38 10


In advance of the monsoon rains, this class will focus on techniques and tips for planting a Sonoran Desert summer crop garden, including amending the soil, protecting your crops, and when, how and what to plant. The class will cover features of indigenous agriculture as it was practiced in the past and also new ideas about agro-ecology and regionally based agriculture. Instructed by Ray Leimkuehler, horticulturist for the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail at the Garden. Limit 25. Sunday / April 11 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Drip Irrigation: Design and Installation Homeowners will learn how to design a drip irrigation system that will be efficient and able to handle your landscape as it grows to maturity. Proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates will be covered, as well as concepts of hydraulics to ensure systems will function properly, not only at start-up but over time. The installation portion covers the point of connection out to the end caps. Learn to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Hands-on activities include connecting poly tubing with a compression coupler, as well as three styles of emitter installation and when each should be used. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / April 17 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Gardening with Perennials Enhance your garden with perfect perennials. Discover a phenomenal array of desert-adapted plants and how to use them successfully in your landscape. Learn the various life cycles of these useful beauties, their peak seasons, sun or shade preferences, and much more. Instructed by Garden curator of shrubs Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Mondays / April 26 and May 3 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

“Scentsational” Gardening Bring in the Butterflies Nothing is more enchanting than colorful butterflies fluttering through your garden. Discover the best plants to incorporate into your landscape for attracting exquisite adult butterflies and the plants that allow them to complete their life cycle. Learn tips on specific plants as well as overall habitat suitable for bringing in the butterflies. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Sunday / April 18 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Delight in fragrant blooms and foliage that tantalize your sense of smell as well as your sense of visual style. Do not miss this great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the best plants to create an enchanting scented landscape at your own home. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Wednesday / April 28 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Watering and Controller Programming (DGM-E)

Attract amazing wildlife to your yard by thinking like a frog or a lizard, or perhaps even a native or migratory bird. Learn how to design a backyard wildlife habitat from the critters’ perspective: what they need, what they like, how they live, eat and breed. Spend a delightful light-hearted three hours thinking like an animal. Instructed by Paul Holderman. Limit 20.

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. Learn the ins and outs of programming irrigation controllers through hands-on exercises using controller models in the classroom. Learn when to water, how much, and how proper watering not only benefits your landscape, but actually conserves water and lowers your utility bill. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 25.

Tuesday / April 20 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Saturday / May 1 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Urban Wildlife Landscape Design



gardening and desert landscaping Rainwater Harvesting: Getting Started (DGM-E) Water conservation is of immense concern in our arid desert climate. Consider capturing precious rainwater that would otherwise fall upon impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, patios or driveways. Learn the many benefits of rainwater harvesting and how easily this can be done around your home. Discover the many design options for your situation, resources available to homeowners, and what steps to take in order to create an effective, efficient system that will continue to conserve both water and money for years. Instructed by Paul Holdeman. Limit 25. Thursday / May 6 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Landscape Container Gardening Explore the basics of landscape container gardening for patio or yard accents. Learn to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements. With the right container plants, you can even attract hummingbirds. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Wednesday / May 5 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Smart Controllers: What You Need to Know To water your landscape accurately, all you need to do is continuously gather weather data that affect plants, like temperature, solar radiation and humidity, and then adjust your irrigation accordingly. Or, you can install a Smart Controller that will do this for you. The common irrigation controller will only do what you tell it to do, and it will keep doing that until you change the program. A properly set Smart Controller can make these watering adjustments on its own, saving water and money and keeping your landscape looking great. Learn how these controllers work and what they can do for you, your plants and your water bill, from someone who is not a salesman. Learn how to select the Smart Controller that will do the best job for your situation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / May 8 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38 12


Desert Gardening Mastership

The Desert Gardening Mastership at the Garden is designed for those interested in plants and will teach about their selection and care, as well as their ecological and cultural significance. Desert Gardening Mastership classes are open to all regardless of intent to complete the program and can be found in the program listings at adultclasses.

Classes and Guidelines Core classes will get you started in your garden and are marked in the calendar with a DGM-C. They are introductory in nature and will help you build a solid foundation in whatever type of gardening endeavor you pursue. Elective classes are marked with a DGM-E in the calendar. Students will be awarded a Desert Gardening Mastership upon completion of 12 classes: four core classes and eight elective classes (five in one elective track and three from any other track.) For a complete list of classes and elective tracks or a Desert Gardening Mastership information packet, log on to or call 480-481-8146.

photography Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps

Allan Houser, Corngrinder, 1994. Bronze, 28” x 21” x 42”, ed. of 15. ©Chiinde, LLC. Allan Houser, Inc. Photo: Adam Rodriguez

Allan Houser: Shadow and Form Photography Do not miss this rare opportunity to sharpen your photography skills while focusing on the spectacular bronze sculptures of the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibition. Learn how to capture the shadow and form of these astounding works of art through your photo lens in either daylight or night sessions. Through individualized instruction and attention, you will go home with great shots of the exhibit that you will be proud to display. Designed for amateur photographers with either digital or film cameras. Limit 10.

This hands-on class is for digital camera users interested in learning intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital camera. Students should have an understanding of basic photographic concepts. Learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative options of the mode dial. You will learn to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Instruction includes indoor and outdoor flash use, and using custom white balance. Also covered are image file structures and a demonstration of digital workflow and editing. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students can bring their own photos for class critique. Limit 10. Saturday and Monday / March 27 and 29 / Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday / 6 - 10 p.m. OR Sunday and Tuesday / May 2 and 4 Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $65 / General Public: $80

Saturday / March 6 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR Sunday / March 14 / 6 - 10 p.m. OR Sunday / April 18 / 6 - 10 p.m. OR Saturday / April 24 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $40 / General Public: $48

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started This is a hands-on class for beginning digital camera users interested in learning the concepts and craft of digital photography. Class instruction emphasizes learning the functions and features of your digital camera and helps you set up your camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. The course also covers composition and tips for taking better everyday pictures. This beginning course emphasizes primarily auto scene modes and is open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students are encouraged to bring their own photos for class critique. Limit 10. Sunday and Tuesday / March 7 and 9 Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday 6 - 10 p.m. OR Sunday and Tuesday / April 11 and 13 Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday 6 - 10 p.m. OR Saturday and Monday / May 15 and 17 Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $65 / General Public: $80

Advanced Skills Photography Series Presented by artist and photographer Steve Ehre, this intensive spring photography series is designed for photographers with a good working knowledge of how to use their SLR cameras in manual mode. The series includes four Thursday evening classroom sessions, each with photo presentations and critiques, and two Saturday photography field trips. In addition, Saturday, March 13 is a full-day photography field trip to the Tucson area. Students need a rectangular two-stop, soft-edge, graduated neutral density filter, telephoto lens, and a good tripod. You will become a better overall photographer by the end of the series. Saturday photography field trip details are coordinated at Thursday evening classes for the convenience of the students. Additional suggested equipment list provided. Limit 12. Thursdays / March 11, 18, 25, April 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $140 / General Public: $175 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


photography Macro Photography Spring Session One of the longest-running and most popular photography series at the Garden, macro photography returns with professional photographer and artist Steve Ehre. You will learn to get the most out of your camera with super macro images of wildflowers, butterflies, or any subject you find, in addition to increasing your overall photo skills. Learn the basics of closeup (macro) photography through discussion, slides, critique sessions and field experience, including photo sessions at the Garden and other locations around the Valley. Recommended for intermediate to advanced photographers with a working knowledge of their 35mm camera. The following items are recommended: sturdy tripod, flash with off-shoe attachment, cable release, lens hood and circular polarizer. A choice of one or more of the following is also recommended: Macro lens (200mm is best), close-up diopter, or extension tubes. A macro lens is not crucial. Film or digital cameras are welcome. Saturday photo session details are coordinated at Thursday evening classes for the convenience of the students. Limit 12. Thursdays and Saturdays / Thursdays / April 8, 15, 22, 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday photo shoots April 10, 17, 24 / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Member: $160 / General Public: $195

Photography in the Field Learn to shoot photographs like those taken by freelance Garden photographer Adam Rodriguez. In addition to shooting frequent covers for the Calendar of Events, Adam’s photography also appears regularly in The Sonoran Quarterly and has been seen in Phoenix Home & Garden, Sunset and other top publications. This workshop is for digital SLR photographers wishing to improve their understanding of exposure, color composition, camera histogram, and the secrets to finding the shot. Also gain understanding of metering on location, selection of focal lengths, combination techniques in the field with a flash, and diffusion disc techniques. Participants will spend this hands-on workshop outdoors photographing Garden subjects. Limit 10. Sunday / March 21 / 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR Sunday / April 11 / 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72

Mastering Photography Techniques

The Garden is proud to offer a set of new courses in digital photography, instructed by Scott Salnas. The entire series can be taken in the order offered or students may pick and choose for enrollment in individual topics only. Each topic is an in-depth exploration of the subjects touched upon in the Next Steps photography course at the Garden. The classes are for DSLR camera owners. The students must be familiar with the features of their cameras, and menu and shooting parameter set up. Prior completion of the Next Steps course is helpful but not required.

Exposure Exposure is everything, and the new series starts with basic exposure theory and practice. Although exposure principles are the same as with film, they are applied in different ways in digital capture and processing. It is always best to start with a well exposed image in-camera that does not put you in a hole to dig out of when editing. Learn how to spend more of your time creating images instead of correcting them. This course includes identifying high-key/low-key areas of the scene, dynamic range, using the gray card, ISO management and exposure compensation. Limit 10. Sunday / March 28 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60



Landscape and Compostion It is difficult not be drawn to landscape photography. Landscape has always been a favorite of photographers since the invention of the camera. This course covers landscape exposure techniques, depth-of-field, use of white balance, low light shooting, gear, working in all kinds of light, and most important, pleasing composition. Limit 10. Wednesday / March 31 / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60

Flash for Portraits

Open Garden Photography Capture the magnificence of the Garden at night with these exclusive photography sessions created to allow all levels of photographers—and their tripods—an unobstructed after-hours opportunity to shoot along the main Garden trails. Photographing plants and art in the evening with only other practitioners present is an amazing experience. A Garden photography host will be available to provide guidance on the best locations to capture that perfect shot. Limit 50. Monday / April 12 / 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. OR Monday / May 3 / 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Member: $16 / General Public: $20

Flash is probably the most misunderstood, misused and underused skill by amateur photographers. Too often, people think of flash as simply a way to add light to people in low light scenes. Using a flash on your camera is as easy as turning it on, but using it well is more difficult. Flash, when used properly, can take your people photography from mediocre to exciting and appealing. This course covers how flash units function, understanding guide numbers, using diffusers, locking flash exposure for subject of the image, and using your flash for fill light in outdoor sunlit backgrounds. It is recommended that students enrolling in this course own an auxiliary flash for their digital cameras. Limit 10. Saturday / April 10 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60

The Art of People Photography Learn how to take better pictures of people and kids in various outdoor settings and backyard events. Learn basic posing skills and use of available light and fill flash to make your family and friends look their best. The class covers choosing the appropriate camera features and options to fit the shooting situation. The class also includes a posing and shooting session in the Garden. Bring your camera, auxiliary flash and tripod. Limit 10. Sunday / April 25 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60

Digital Workflow You have an image recorded in your digital camera; so now what? The processes that traditionally happened in the darkroom now happen on your computer. This class covers basic instruction in downloading, pluses and minuses of file format choices, digital image file organization, an orderly workflow, and basic tools and functions of editing. Included is a demo of using Adobe’s Camera RAW tools. Limit 10. Wednesday / May 12 / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60

Full Moon Photography The beauty of spring full moon nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of twilight, moonrise and dark skies. This class is for amateur photographers wishing to discover their nighttime photography potential through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. The class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and other nighttime considerations such as painting with light. Both digital and film cameras are welcome. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10. Tuesday / March 30 / 6 - 10 p.m. OR Wednesday / April 28 / 6 - 10 p.m. OR Thursday / May 27 / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55 CALENDAR OF EVENTS



Alternative Photographic Arts

Wildflowers in Cyanotype

Vintage View Camera Photography

Sunday / April 11 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to offer these one-of-a-kind classes instructed by Laszlo Layton, an internationally known fine art photographer specializing in the use of vintage photographic equipment and archaic printing methods. Laszlo’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and many renowned private collections. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with our three-part course introducing participants to art photography using a view camera and direct contact printing. Part one will introduce the basics of using an 11”x14” restored antique view camera and photographic techniques from the 1800s. All students will have a one-on-one opportunity to photograph a botanical specimen from the Garden, creating their own artistic interpretation of the plant. Part two will focus on contact cyanotype printing methods with students making several prints from their negatives by exposing them directly to sunlight. Part three concludes with a lesson in toning prints to change their overall color as well as hand-coloring with watercolor paint and pencils. Limit 10. Sundays / March 14, 21, 28 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $130 / General Public: $160



This hands-on workshop is an introduction to one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes—cyanotype. Participants will create beautiful botanical prints in the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype’s simple two-part formula of photosensitive iron salts. After a brief lecture on the history of the process, the class will use the beauty of the Garden’s wildflowers to create several beautiful works of art suitable for framing and display. Students will also learn the skills necessary to produce cyanotypes on their own in the future. All materials are included. Limit 15.

Wildflowers in Van Dyke Use Van Dyke photographic printmaking, one of the oldest known processes, to create beautiful botanical prints in the distinctive sepia color of Van Dyke’s simple formula of photosensitive iron and silver salts. After a brief lecture on the history of the process, the class will use the Garden’s wildflowers to create several beautiful works of art suitable for framing and display. Students will also learn the skills necessary to produce Van Dyke prints on their own in the future. All materials are included. Limit 15. Sunday / May 16 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72

art Be inspired by the natural beauty of your surroundings and experience art at the Desert Botanical Garden. These popular offerings are suitable to a variety of interests and abilities, and all are welcome. The courses are taught by talented, experienced instructors and are limited to 15 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Materials lists if needed are provided following registration.

Open Art Studio Join fellow artists of all skills in our new guided open art studio at the Garden. Each Monday night session will be staffed with one of our top notch art instructors to provide you with feedback, guidance and encouragement as you pursue your artistic endeavors. Limited equipment, such as lights and lenses, will be available. One session (day) only. Limit 15. Monday / March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Spring Wildflowers in Colored Pencil Spring in the Garden is alive with opportunity to draw desert wildflowers. Students will learn colored pencil techniques to depict texture, color variation and detail of desert flowers including blossoms, leaves, stems and maybe even a bee or butterfly. Colored pencils are an excellent material for botanically inspired art as they are neat, easy to control, useful for fine detail and portable. Instructed by Elliot Everson. Limit 15. Saturdays / March 13, 20, 27, April 3 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Nature Sketching and Journaling Three classroom sessions will be devoted to drawing and painting techniques useful in capturing quick sketches, and tips on keeping a nature journal to record your observations in the field, the city, or the waiting room at a doctor’s office. The fourth class will be a field trip to the Arizona State University’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center, a museum, nature preserve and archaeological site with the largest concentration of Native American rock art, petroglyphs and pictographs in the Phoenix area. We will picnic there for lunch and share our notes, sketches and observations. A new sketchbook and sketching field kit, handouts, and directions and maps to the center will be given out in the first class. Warning! Keeping a nature sketchbook and journal may lead to uncontrollable urges to spend more time out of doors and explore beautiful surroundings beyond your neighborhood. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15. Wednesdays / March 24, 31, April 7 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Alternative Agave Art Create a unique representation of an agave. The first step involves a detailed drawing of an agave. Next use prepared fabric to render a few of the agave leaves. Then the project will be completed in color pencil with the fabric pieces used to create a multidimensional look. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15. Fridays/ March 26, April 2, 9 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $130 / General Public: $160 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


art Pastel Plant Portraits Come learn why pastel is one of the most popular art mediums. Explore the use of soft pastel in creating a plant portrait. Students will learn about different types of pastels and how to use and layer them. Techniques of application on different paper types will be explored. A great class for beginners and those with some pastel experience who want to improve their skills. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15. Mondays / April 19, 26, May 3, 10 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Dragonflies: A Study in Mixed Media Dragonflies symbolize renewal, pure water and swiftness. Both Native American and Asian cultures honor the dragonfly in art and textile symbolism. Learn the anatomy and detail of dragonfly and damselfly families to produce your own artwork. Techniques for watercolor, colored pencil, silverpoint and ink will be explored. Choose your medium or mixed media. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15. Wednesdays / March 31, April 7, 14, 21 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Drawing: New Skills Sharpen your pencil points and drawing skills. This class is designed to improve technique in shading, contour and form. An exercise in detail observation and layering of graphite for maximum contrast will improve your drawings. You will learn new tricks to understand the dark and light of your subject. For beginners and intermediate students. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15. Fridays / April 16, 23, 30, May 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Alabaster Carving

Silverpoint with Color Learn how to combine silverpoint drawing with the soft color of pastel pencils. Silverpoint is a form of metal point drawing that peaked during the Renaissance and was replaced by graphite and then by the pencil (graphite encased in wood). Other ferrous metals—including gold, copper, tin and brass, which produce a variety of colors when used on properly prepared surfaces—will be available for experimentation. Students should have beginning to advanced drawing skills. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15. Wednesdays / April 21, 28, May 5, 12 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Carving alabaster stone transports people to the center of their creativity, a place of connection between stone and mastery. Alabaster inspires because of its translucent and brilliantly colored elegance and its workability. A kit with tools and stone is included with your fee. Instructed by alabaster master sculptors Susan Zalkind and Paul Hawkins. Limit 15.

Botanical Art Cards with Watercolor Pencils

Saturday / April 17 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $80 / General Public: $100

Thursdays / May 6, 13, 20, 27 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205



Become your own card artist using blank cards suitable for watercolor pencils, graphite, ink or a combination. Inspired by plants at the Garden, you can draw representational or abstract images of your subject. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15.


The fascinating geology of our state plays a determining role in the distribution of plants and wildlife across Arizona. Geologic activity over millions of years has shaped the natural wonders we all enjoy. If you would like to enhance your experience of the world around you, consider these popular classes, which may be taken in any order.

Gems of Arizona

Arizona’s Geology – An Overview

Arizona is the country’s leading gem mining state and produces fine peridot, amethyst, turquoise and garnets. This class focuses on how these and gems from other states are formed and valued. The fascinating science of gemology, which incorporates mineralogy, history, psychology, economics, mythology and glamour, will be discussed as well. If you plan on visiting a gem show, this course will give you some buying tips. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30.

Take the next step in learning even more about the geology of our diverse state. This visually exciting and interactive intermediate-level program expands the horizons of Geology of the Valley of the Sun and introduces you to the colorful, fascinating and varied landscapes of the best geology classroom in the world–Arizona. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30.

Tuesday / March 16 / 7 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Geology of the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau The geologic story of the Southwest cannot be told without examining its most important feature–the Colorado Plateau and its significance over geologic time. Learn about the age and formation of the Grand Canyon and other significant features of the Colorado Plateau, such as the red rocks of Sedona. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30. Tuesday / March 30 / 7 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Tuesday / April 27 / 7 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Geology Made Simple Whether you are simply stepping outside your home or hiking deep into the Grand Canyon, you are surrounded by geologic richness. Discover the basic nature and properties of the materials and landscapes that make up our planet, and how they are created through volcanism, glaciation and erosion. Through visual presentation, discussion and hands-on materials, you will learn major rock types, terminology and an overview of earth’s history to start you on your geologic journeys. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30. Tuesday / May 11 / 7 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Geology of the Valley of the Sun Satisfy your geological curiosity about Phoenix’s spectacularly rugged landscape of unique and beautiful natural features. Learn why our exposed rock and geologic variety make Phoenix the unrivaled capital of urban geology. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30. Tuesday / April 13 / 7 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


natural history If you are intrigued by the complex web of living things that makes up your environment, explore these interactive programs to further examine the relationships between living organisms and their role in the natural world.

Desert Seed Cuisine When we think about seeds we usually think of planting, but here’s a workshop where we will internalize our knowledge of seeds—literally and figuratively. The rich survival strategies sealed in those little packages of DNA and nutritious starter kits for growth will be the subject of close-up scrutiny and culinary artistry. We will learn about different seed dispersal tricks—how seeds get around the desert and weather long periods in a holding pattern. We will taste a variety of edible desert seeds, cooking some unusual treats like amaranth pilaf and palo verde edamame, while we discuss their potent nutrition. Instructed by Martha Burgess. Limit 20. Saturday / March 6 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $48 / General Public: $58

Desert Plant Pollinators Flowers have a profound and powerful effect on humans, but their beautiful colors, intricate shapes and delicate fragrances are all intended to attract creatures such as bees, wasps, hummingbirds, butterflies and moths for reproduction. In this class we will learn about the various pollination syndromes, how plants encourage specific pollinators while actively discouraging others, how the flower tells us who the pollinator should be, why flowers are various colors, and some clever and deceptive tactics flowers use to ensure pollination. We will also discuss the serious decline in pollinators and what you can do about it. Join author and naturalist Pinau Merlin to discover the secrets of our Sonoran Desert plants and pollinators. Limit 20. Sunday / March 7 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Cholla Buds: The Caviar of the Desert Join us for an adventure to harvest the buds of the often maligned but nuritionally rich cholla cactus. Using traditional harvesting methods, participants will be taught how to carefully remove spines and cook cholla buds, while learning about their ecology, anatomy, ethnobotany, nutritional and medicinal qualities. This is the ultimate experience in eating local; you will leave with new recipe ideas to surprise friends and family. Instructed by Martha Burgess. Limit 15. Wednesday / April 14 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. OR Thursday / April 15 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72 20


The Magic of Hummingbirds Hummingbirds are among the most fascinating birds of the world. Their iridescent colors, acrobatic flying skills, small size and dynamic temperaments delight and intrigue us, but their natural history is even more compelling. Learn about hummingbird biology, adaptations, behavior and natural history. Arizona hosts 15 species of hummingbirds, more than anyplace else in the United States. We will learn how to identify and locate both common and rare species, before venturing into the Garden to practice what we have learned. Limit 20. Saturday / May 1 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Home is Where the Hole is Have you ever noticed a hole in the ground and wondered what animal made it, or if it could be home to a snake? Holes abound in the desert as animals hunt for food or seek refuge from predators and weather extremes. Learn how to read holes and burrows to discern who made them and which animals are living in an area. This little investigated phenomenon presents a fascinating look into the lives of our wildlife neighbors. Join Pinau Merlin, author of The Field Guide to Desert Holes, to peek into the secret lives of these subterranean dwellers and discover who is behind all that digging. Limit 20. Sunday / May 2 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Ethnobotany Walk: Plants and People Trail This tour will be conducted by Ray Leimkuehler, horticulturalist for the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, and will focus on the ethnobotany of the trail’s living collection. Included will be discussions about saguaro fruit harvesting, cholla bud roasting, medicinal and edible plants in riparian areas, indigenous agriculture, processing methods, and other medicinal, historical and horticultural topics. Limit 20. Tuesday / May 4 / 6 - 8 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

The Journey of Tomatoes, Potatoes, and Chiles Three New World crops—tomatoes, potatoes and chilies—are eaten by people around the globe. We all know and love them, but do we know much about their amazing history? Learn where they came from, and why today we have so many different varieties. Explore the rich cultural and horticultural history of these three special crops. Instructed by Mary Irish. Limit 30. Tuesday / May 11 / 6:30 - 9 p.m. Member: $35 / General Public: $42

foods and well-being Culinary Colors of Cumin Cumin–one of the oldest and most popular seasonings in the world–is also a powerful antioxidants, said to rival all known anti-aging ingredients and foods. Used in many Southwestern dishes, cumin has many other culinary applications, too. Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz, a freelance food and health writer, author, cooking instructor, blogger and spice lover, will share the history, folklore and nutritional benefits of this ancient spice seed, and then introduce a collection of recipes designed to add flair to your ordinary fare. There will be ample samples, printed recipes and tons of great tips. Limit 20. Wednesday / March 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

The Spice is Right! Tired of the same old spices? Baffled about which ones to use and in what combinations? Wonder what to pair them with? Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz will end the guessing game by demystify the process of using herbs and spices to enhance but not overpower your favorite foods. You will learn how to buy high quality herbs and spices, combine them, pair them with foods, store them, and know when they are too old to keep. Rachel will help you prepare half a dozen family-friendly recipes and send you home with a printed packet to use in your own kitchen. Limit 20. Sunday / April 18 / 2 - 4 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

Edible Flowers in the Desert Garden Edible flowers adorn our desert gardens where, in addition to providing density and companion planting, they can wind up on the dining table to decorate and flavor our meals. This class will introduce you to edible flower choices for year round beauty and utility in the desert garden. Includes flower tasting and recipe ideas. Instructed by Catherine, The Herb Lady. Limit 20. Sunday / April 25 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $40 / General Public: $48

Barbara Fenzel’s Southwest Brunch Spring and early summer are the perfect time to host a brunch. Join Barbara Fenzl, owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School, author of three Southwestern cookbooks, and host of the PBS series Savor the Southwest, as she puts her special Southwest spin on a fantastic brunch. The menu will include bloody mary soup with avocado mousse; orange, watercress and nopalito salad; green chile, chicken and tortilla lasagna; and grilled bananas with dulce de leche ice cream and Mexican chocolate sauce. Limit 20. Sunday / May 2 / 12 - 2 p.m. Member: $55 / General Public: $66

Solar Cooking Here is an opportunity to try the latest techniques in solar cooking, with tricks to use either at home for zero-carbon-footprint living, or on camping trips, even those where campfires are prohibited. Solar ovens keep the heat out of the house and still let you enjoy cooking, including baking, roasting, making stews and casseroles, and even drying vegetables from your garden. Instructed by Martha Burgess. Limit 20. Saturday / May 8 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $48 / General Public: $58 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Tai Chi Tai Chi at the Garden

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of the Chinese art of Tai Chi. Instructors Elizabeth Keith and Ray Sol, along with their assistants, lead a celebration of your inner garden with a beautiful Tai Chi routine, designed to be performed in your home or any garden setting. Each class involves warm up, elements of proper and safe movement, and progressive learning of the 64 movements of the Kuang Ping Yang style of Tai Chi. Each class is limited to 20 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Classes are held both indoors and outdoors depending on weather.

Beginning Level

Spring Session I

If new to Tai Chi at the Garden or have completed ONE six-week session.

Mondays / March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 (Beginning and Intermediate only) OR

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays / 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Wednesdays / March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 OR

Intermediate Level

Saturdays / April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 Member: $55 / General Public: $68

If you have completed TWO or THREE six-week sessions at the Garden.

Spring Session II

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays / 10 - 11 a.m.

Mondays / May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21 (Beginning, and Intermediate only) OR

Advanced Level

Wednesdays / May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23 OR

If you have completed FOUR or more six-week sessions at the Garden. Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 - 10 a.m.

Saturdays / May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26 Member: $55 / General Public: $68

Tai Chi Relaxation Walk

Tai Chi / Lotus Blossom Fan Class

Take a relaxing but extraodinary stroll through the Garden with Tai Chi master Ray Sol. Ray will introduce you to a walking relaxation exercise based on Buddhist techniques. This walking exercise is designed to relieve stress, improve health and increase awareness of the Garden around you. Along the way, Ray will also introduce you to some simple Tai Chi stretching and breathing movements to help rejuvenate your inner body. Limit 20.

The hand fan is a symbol of elegance, and Tai Chi is one of the most popular exercise programs practiced around the world. Instructor Ray Sol will teach the 20 different fan movements of the Lotus Blossom Fan exercise program. The exercises will improve joint flexibility, increase muscle strength and improve deep breathing. In addition, you will also stimulate mental development, body circulation and tension relief. Body balance and coordination also improve. Students may bring their own fan, or purchase one from the instructor for $10 at start of class. Limit 20.

Sunday / March 28 / 9 - 10 a.m. OR Sunday / April 25 / 9 - 10 a.m. OR Sunday / May 23 / 9 - 10 a.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25 22


Sundays / April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 / 1 - 2 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $63

volunteer opportunities SPRING PLANT SALE March 19, 20, and 21 / 2 shifts per day 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. SUMMER CAMP May-July / Monday - Friday / Shifts vary

The Garden is beautiful in the spring and there is no better time to volunteer. Contact Pam Levin at 480-481-8166, email for more information or go to and fill out a volunteer application. Teens and adults welcome. ORIENTATION CLASS REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW VOLUNTEERS (Choose one) Saturday / February 13 / 9.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday / March 13 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday / April 10 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

GIRL SCOUTS: PROGRAM ASSISTANT Shifts Available February 6, 20 / 8:45 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. March 6, 20 / 8:45 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. April 3, 10 / 8:45 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. May 1, 15 / 8:45 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 - 3:15 p.m. HOMESCHOOL LEARNING LABS: PROGRAM ASSISTANT Many Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays February, March and April KIDS CORNER


Teen volunteers help with science-based, hands-on activities.

March 6 - May 9 / 3 shifts per day, 7 days a week 3-hour training required.

February - May / Saturday and Sunday / 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shifts Available 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR 12 - 3 p.m.

February 18 or 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

teen opportunities Conservation and Camping Adventure for Teens Escape the bright lights and noisy streets of the city and venture into the wild lands of Arizona. We will spend five days and four nights enjoying the scenic byways of our state and learning about conservation issues in each area as we travel to various public lands in Arizona. We will immerse ourselves in nature while we camp, hike, cook over a campfire, and explore Arizona’s valuable public lands. Limit 14 teens.

Become a TEEN volunteer! The Teen Environmentalists Exploring Nature (TEENs) is a group of 13 to 17-year-olds who volunteer regularly at the Garden or offsite through service learning projects. Please visit our blog or contact the teen coordinator at for more information.

Monday-Friday / July 5 - 9 For teens ages 13 - 16 Pre-trip meeting / Tuesday / June 8 / 6:30 p.m. Member: $320 / General Public: $400 Price includes transportation, supplies and meals.

Teen Twilight Photography This is a perfect drop-off activity for your teen to explore the craft of night photography, a handson outdoor experience, focused on creativity and experimentation, for learning elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and other nighttime possibilities, such as painting with light. For ages 13 - 18. Limit 12. Friday / March 12 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $35 / General Public: $42



children and family outings Veggie Planting Party Get your hands dirty as we learn about gardening in the desert. This two-hour hands-on class will teach the whole family about starting a successful garden in our climate. Be prepared to get dirty as we explore the basics of working with soil and choosing the right spot for your plot. Learn what and when to plant during our desert growing seasons. Participants will get their own starter plants to take home! Perfect for ages six to 12. Youth participants can register for our Seed, Weed, Harvest and Feed summer camp at a reduced rate. Limit 15.

Kids Casting Inspired by the Sculptures of Allan Houser The Garden’s newest art exhibit Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction serves as the inspiration for this fantastic workshop for children. Take a short guided walk, sketch pad in hand, to learn about the amazing cast bronze sculptures. Back in the classroom, the fun begins with our own version of casting using plaster and sand molds. Class includes all materials, sketchbook and art supplies; you supply the creativity. Price includes child and accompanying adult; recommended for ages six and older. Limit 15.

Saturday / March 27 / 9 - 11 a.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30

Sunday / April 18 / 1 - 3 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30

Family Night Star Gazing

Cochineal in Your Meal

Join experts from the East Valley Astronomy Club and Garden staff for this enlightening family evening under twinkling stars. Check out distant planets, shining stars and other amazing celestial objects. Witness the wonders of the night sky with a knowledgeable astronomer. Fun activities, snacks and stargazing through a powerful telescope await children and adults alike. Bring a flashlight and binoculars if you have them; we will supply the fun. Limit 30. Saturday / April 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member Child: $10 (12 and under) Member Adult: $15 General Public Child: $12 (12 and under) General Public Adult: $20



Every day we eat bugs in the form of cochineal dyes; join us to discover how and why. We will look at the cochineal insect under a microscope and draw it using handmade yucca pens and cochineal ink made from the dried insects. You will be surprised at how much food contains cochineal dye and can tell your friends that we are all eating bugs! Price includes child and accompanying adult; recommended for ages six and older. Limit 15. Sunday / May 2 / 1 - 3 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30

Learning Labs for Homeschoolers Wonderful Wildflowers

Desert Botanical Garden Preschool Program: Seedlings A science-based enrichment program for preschoolers

Young children discover the wonders of the desert alongside their parent or other caregiver in our nature based preschool program. A new theme is introduced each week and is full of new discovery centers, songs, yummy snacks and engaging activities to captivate young minds. Guided by caring and experienced teachers, Seedlings blends the Garden’s unique resources with imaginative and fun ways to learn about plants and animals in our desert backyard. We use music, stories, arts and crafts, nature walks, movement, touch and observation to explore each week’s theme.

Join us this March as we explore the wonderful world of wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert and discover how desert extremes can produce such beautiful flowers! Our desert has some of the best wildflower displays in the country. We will learn about these delicate flora by identifying plants, dissecting flowers, discussing pollination and more. Join us as we explore the colorful world of wildflowers. Each class will meet twice to conduct in-depth investigations using the Garden as an outdoor laboratory. A field journal, a fun, healthy snack and engaging, science-based activities are included. Limit 15 students per class. Grades K-2 / Tuesdays / March 9 and 16 / 9 - 11 a.m. Grades 3-5 / Wednesdays / March 10 and 17 / 9 - 11 a.m. Grades 6-8 / Thursdays / March 11 and 18 / 9 - 11 a.m. Member Child: $25 / General Public Child: $30

Spring Session: March 23 – May 7 CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR 3-4 YEAR OLDS:

Limit: 12 children with an accompanying adult. Tuesday mornings FULL March 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings March 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Friday mornings March 26, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR 4-5 YEAR OLDS:

Limit: 14 children with an accompanying adult. Tuesday afternoons March 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. Thursday mornings March 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. Thursday afternoons March 25, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. CLASS FEES: Member: $80 per six week session General Public: $100 per six week session

For additional dates and a daily schedule please visit or call 480-481-8146.

Learning Labs for Homeschoolers Lots of Legumes Find out what mesquite trees, palo verdes and ironwoods have in common. Join us as we explore the legume trees of the Sonoran Desert. Learn how these interesting trees can live in such a dry place and explore what they have in common: bean pods. Each class will meet twice to conduct in-depth investigations using the Garden as an outdoor laboratory. A field journal, a fun, healthy snack and engaging, science-based activities are included. Limit 15 students per class. Grades K-2 / Tuesdays / April 6 and 13 / 9 - 11 a.m. Grades 3-5 / Wednesdays / April 7 and 14 / 9 - 11 a.m. Grades 6-8 / Thursdays / April 8 and 15 / 9 - 11 a.m. Member Child: $25 / General Public Child: $30 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


children and family outings

Girl Scouts Program at the Garden

DBG Summer Camp ‘Home Sweet Hole’

Spend time at the Garden and earn a special desert discovery patch while learning about the important and interesting process of pollination. Participants will enjoy a hike through the Garden, a fun, healthy snack, a hands-on craft, an engaging story and interactive games–all while learning about the awesome power of pollinators. Select the time slot that works for your troop and call 480-481-8146 to register. Limit 15 scouts.

For children in preschool or going into kindergarten, ages 4 and 5. Whose house is a hole? How did all those holes in the desert get there, and just who could be in them? Preschoolers will discover different animals that live in holes, both under and above ground. Stretch those wings, wiggle those legs and slither along as we explore hole habitats in this camp for preschoolers. Snacks provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit 12 campers per session.


Daisies: Saturday / March 20 / 9 - 11 a.m. Brownies: Saturday / March 6 / 9 - 11 a.m. OR Saturday / March 6 / 1 - 3 p.m. Juniors: Saturday / March 20 / 1 - 3 p.m. $7 per Scout

Session I / May 25 - 28 / Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session II / June 1 - 4 / Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Our Delightful Desert

Member: $130 / General Public: $160

Spend time at the Garden and earn a special desert discovery patch while learning about the Sonoran Desert. We will discover what makes a desert and identify desert plants and animals. Participants will enjoy a hike through the Garden, a fun, healthy snack and a hands-on craft all while learning about our desert home. Select the time slot that works for your troop and call 480-481-8146 to register. Limit 15 scouts.

Seed, Weed, Harvest and Feed!

Daisies: Saturday / April 3 / 9 - 11 a.m. OR Saturday / May 1 / 9 - 11 a.m. Brownies: Saturday / April 3 / 1 - 3 p.m. OR Saturday / April 10 / 9 - 11 a.m. OR Saturday / May 1 / 1-3 p.m. OR Saturday / May 15 / 9 - 11 a.m. Juniors: Saturday / April 10 / 12 - 2 p.m. OR Saturday / May 15 / 1 - 3 p.m. $7 per Scout 26


Soil, seeds, water, growth, harvest, preparation, feasting, compost and back to soil. Learn about the wonderful cycle that brings food to our tables. Participants will learn what it takes to grow food in our desert and participate in each step of the process as they plant, tend, harvest and feast during garden camp. Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own lunch. Limit 15 campers per session. June 7-11 / Monday-Friday / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. For children going into grades 1-2 Member: $120 / General Public: $150 June 7-11 / Monday-Friday / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For children going into grades 3-8 Member: $240 / General Public: $300 Aftercare: $40 per session. Available for full day campers from 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Conservation Camp

New this year! Learn by doing in this new hands-on camp that focuses on important topics in conservation such as water, plants, animals, food and habitat. Participants will get to experience conservation from a new perspective each day as they travel to different valley locations and learn from experts at the Nina Mason Pulliman Rio Salado Audubon Center, the Hassayampa Nature Conservancy, the Phoenix Zoo, AZ HomeGrown Solutions, and ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability. Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own lunch. Limit 15 campers per session. June 14-18 / Monday-Friday / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. For children going into grades 1-2 Member: $120 / General Public: $150 June 14-18 / Monday-Friday / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For children going into grades 3-8 Member: $240 / General Public: $300 Aftercare: $40 per session. Available for full day campers from 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Hurray for Our Desert Herps! Become a junior herpetologist by learning about the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians in our desert. Each day we will learn about a new family of desert herps and the challenges they face in today’s world. We will study lizards, snakes, tortoises, frogs and other amphibians. Snacks provided. Campers must bring their own lunch. Limit 15 campers per session. June 21 - 25 / Monday-Friday / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For children going into grades 1-6 Member: $240 / General Public: $300 Aftercare: $40 per session. Available from 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Sounds of the Night The desert comes alive during hot summer nights; join us as we explore this special time of the year in the Sonoran Desert. Each night participants will learn about the sounds made by mammals, birds and even monsoons that fill the desert night. Snack provided. Limit 15 campers per session. June 28 - July 1 / Monday-Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m. For children going into grades 1-6 Member: $120 / General Public: $150



unique outings

Spring in Arizona is a fantastic time to get out and experience one-of-a-kind outings designed for those who seek more than just fresh air and exercise outdoors. You will be treated to inspiring locations, fascinating information and exceptional service. Whether an aspiring outdoor enthusiast, casual walker or experienced hiker, you will find an excursion that suits your individual tastes and abilities and fulfills your desire to exercise both body and mind.

Evening Under the Sonoran Desert Sky: An Astronomy Outing in the Foothills Escape the glow of city lights for the foothills of the Four Peaks Mountains during this special stargazing outing with astronomer Richard Allen. This evening under the stars includes a vibrant digital video presentation and stargazing through a powerful telescope to witness the wonders of the clear night sky. A meal, desserts and refreshments are provided. Limit 20. Sunday / February 21 / 5:30 - 9 p.m. Please note the cloudy skies backup date is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24. Member: $50 / General Public: $60

Rancho de los Caballeros Experience the Sonoran Desert “Out Wickenburg Way” Head out Wickenburg way for this popular seasonal outing featuring cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch in Wickenburg. This tour begins with a walk in the desert, treating nature lovers to a fabulous array of Sonoran Desert upland plant and animal species, local history, storytelling and ecology. The leisurely walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch’s historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This easy loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change but does have some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Lunch, gratuities, water and snacks are included. Limit 20. Thursday / February 25 / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Member: $50 ($70 with Garden transportation) General Public: $60 ($80 with Garden transportation)



Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip Join us for this truly unique experience of floating down a free-flowing river in the Sonoran Desert. The Lower Salt River contains one of the rarest ecosystems in North America, a riparian habitat in a desert environment. This early morning excursion will provide the opportunity to experience the beauty of a desert sunrise. The relaxing trip will provide many opportunities to view the abundant wildlife attracted to this oasis against a backdrop of the rugged desert landscape. Learn about the cultural and natural history of the rare riparian ecosystem. Price includes continental breakfast, professional guides, river raft, rafting safety gear, snacks, soft drinks and bottled water. Limit 18. Friday / March 5 / 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Roundtrip from meeting point at the Salt River) Member $100 / General Public $120

Spring Desert Wildflower Hikes Take advantage of the terrific weather for these excursions into the Sonoran Desert to view the spring wildflower display. These hikes offer the perfect mixture of adventure and environmental education with two levels of exercise. Enjoy the beauty of the native desert, while being led by a naturalist, and learn about the tremendous biological diversity of the Sonoran Desert. The Pass Mountain Trail is considered a moderate hike, and the Wind Cave Trail is for more advanced hikers. Both are about three to four miles long. We will meet at the Usery Mountain Regional Park Environmental Center. Detailed location information will be sent ahead of time. Please note that there is a nominal fee for vehicle entry to the park. Price includes guide, snacks, water and hand-out. Limit 12. Pass Mountain Wildflower Hike - Moderate Friday / March 26 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30 Wind Cave Wildflower Hike - Advanced Friday / April 2 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30

Spring Landscape Design Tour This is an exclusive opportunity to tour landscape designs located in the Metro Phoenix area featuring award-winning designs by local landscape architects. The Garden, in collaboration with the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is offering this specially arranged tour of contemporary landscape designs. Projects range from private residential landscapes to public urban places. The tour group will be met by project landscape architects at each stop and provided a personal tour including discussion of design concepts, installation details and management recommendations. Each design features contemporary solutions appropriate for the Sonoran Desert environment. Price includes roundtrip transportation, picnic lunch, snacks and handouts. Limit 18. Saturday / April 3 / 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Transportation provided from the Garden) Member $60 / General Public $72

The Tohono O’odham: A Cultural and Culinary Experience

Wallace Desert Gardens Do not miss an exclusive opportunity to view and enjoy a private collection of desert plants from around the world without leaving the Valley of the Sun. Travel to Wallace Desert Gardens in north Scottsdale for a gentle walking tour led by Wallace Desert Gardens and Desert Botanical Garden staff. This tour on private trails not open to the general public features interpretation of the plants, their ecological importance, and the relationships they share with their environment. Highlights include a covered 6,000 square foot cactus pavilion uniquely designed for climate control, a boojum tree forest, and world-renowned collection of Ephedra, in addition to beautifully manicured garden spaces. Price includes snacks, water and contribution to Wallace Desert Gardens. Limit 20. Tuesday / March 9 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Member: $30 ($40 with Garden transportation) General Public: $36 ($46 with Garden transportation)

Join Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA) to experience the beauty and culture of the Tohono O’odham, the native people of the desert. The visit begins with a trip to the Tohono O’odhamNation Cultural Center & Museum where a guided tour of the Museum’s galleries will introduce you to the art, language and history of this fascinating ancient culture. Second stop is the Desert Rain Café, for a lunch of traditional, healthy and delicious O’odham foods like cholla cactus buds, white tepary beans, mesquite meal and prickly pear in both traditional and contemporary dishes. During lunch, a TOCA staff member will describe their work to revitalize culture and health, and share details about traditional foods. After lunch, there will be a hands-on basketry demonstration by a tribal member who will talk about basketry materials, traditional designs and inspirations. A visit to TOCA’s Desert Rain Gallery will end the day. Price includes guided museum tour, lunch, basket weaving demonstration and visit to the gallery. Group will meet at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum in Topawa about nine miles south of Sells in Pima County. Detailed information, driving directions and itinerary will be sent ahead of time. Limit 20. Friday / April 9 / 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Member: $70 / General Public: $84 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


unique outings Aravaipa Canyon Natural History Adventure Join author and naturalist Pinau Merlin and birding guide Larry Liese for an exciting three day birding and natural history adventure in spectacular Aravaipa Canyon. Eight hundred foot canyon walls tower over the creek as it winds its way through a forest of cottonwood, sycamore and willow trees. We will meet and stay at the Aravaipa Canyon Ranch Lodge right on the creek, venturing out each day for new explorations including a hike into restricted portions of Aravaipa Canyon. This lush riparian area supports many birds and other kinds of wildlife including bighorn sheep, black hawks, zone-tailed hawks, golden eagles, yellowbreasted chats, canyon wrens, orioles and more. Hone your birding, tracking and outdoor awareness skills, and learn to identify birds and other wildlife by their calls, signs and sounds. In the evening during our night walks, we will look for bats, owls, ringtail cats and other night creatures, set up a blacklight to see fascinating insects, and finish the day by star gazing. Sleeping accommodations range from single beds to multiple beds per room—first-come, first-served. Price includes lodging (two nights at Aravaipa Canyon Ranch), meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/ lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch), snacks, guides, Aravaipa Canyon hiking permits, and hand-outs. Limit 12. Friday - Sunday / April 16 - 18 (Arrive Friday 2 p.m. depart Sunday 4 p.m.) Member: $375 / General Public: $450

Madera Canyon Bird Outing Join us on this exclusive day trip led by two Tucson naturalists to Madera Canyon, one of the most popular birding destinations in Arizona. Madera Canyon is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by The National Audubon Society. Situated in the Santa Rita Mountains, Madera is renowned for its biological diversity and abundant bird life. We will hike in the oak woodland looking for the stunning elegant trogon, painted redstart, acorn woodpeckers, Mexican jays, the rare flame-colored tanager and many different hummingbird species. We are also likely to see whitetailed deer and wild turkeys. Expert birding guide Larry Liese will share his expertise and enthusiasm while teaching about birding by sight and sound, and Pinau Merlin will discuss the natural history of birds as well as plants, animals and ecology of this beautiful canyon. Price includes transportation from Tohono Chul Park, guides, snacks, water, picnic lunch and hand-outs. Limit 12. Wednesday / May 19 / 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Roundtrip from Tohono Chul Park) Member: $138 / General Public: $166



trips and adventures Real Travel Adventures Customized for Desert Botanical Garden Members Check out the exciting trip previews to get of glimpse of what is coming up then log on to to view complete trip information, itineraries and leader bios, or contact Steen Allard-Lawson at to schedule a phone call and learn more about these amazing destinations. Mark your calendar today for an exciting Galapágos expedition, an excursion to the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona, and a South African Gardens tour in 2010. The Desert Botanical Garden is a member of The International Ecotourism Society, the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism organization promoting responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. For more visit

Grand Canyon and Havasupai Adventure Birding at Rancho Esmeralda Join author and naturalist Pinau Merlin and birding guide Larry Liese for a fun-filled four-day natural history weekend of exploring beautiful and lush Rancho Esmeralda in Sonora, Mexico. Explore diverse habitats on this 20,000 acre, solarpowered, ecotourism ranch that is home to more than 130 species of birds. Each day with our expert guides will be a memorable adventure with time to do some birding from the patio or sitting poolside. The beautiful, rustic lodge is laid out in traditional Mexican ranch style of curtain-divided dormitory rooms with double beds. The pool and Jacuzzi are perfect for lounging and watching zillions of stars at night. The trip includes round trip transportation from the Garden, three nights’ accommodations at the elegantly rustic Rancho Esmeralda Lodge (completely reserved for our group), all activities, excellent meals, expert guides and maximum fun. To register for this tour, contact Debra Tranberg at or call 781-789-8127 for a registration packet. Friday - Monday / April 2-5, 2010 $1,049 per person

The Garden has teamed with Arizona Outback Adventures for this amazing trip designed exclusively for Garden members. Through careful planning in collaboration with the Garden and using highly experienced, knowledgeable guides, AOA is dedicated to providing an optimal member experience. AOA trips integrate a host of educational components and unique experiences, interdisciplinary sciences, and premium guest care and comfort, regardless of location. When the first European explorers came to the edge of the Grand Canyon they had no idea what they were witnessing. The visual vocabulary for a gorge a mile deep, six miles wide and 287 miles long was simply not available; the distances were deceptive, the scale unimaginable. On this adventure, you will descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon. Featuring: • Exploration of Havasu Canyon • The remote village of Supai • Incredible wildlife, plants and ecology of this remarkable natural wonder For additional information and registration, please contact AOA at or call 480-945-2881. Thursday - Monday/ April 29 - May 3, 2010 (Roundtrip from Desert Botanical Garden) $1,448 per person (Double occupancy) $1,523 per person (Single occupancy) CALENDAR OF EVENTS


trips and adventures

New Mexico Arts and Culture Discover Santa Fe through its art and culture. This tour features the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden and Foundry outside Santa Fe, the Pojoaque Pueblo and Poeh Center, and several culinary delights. After flying into Albuquerque, we will have a private tour of the Albuquerque Museum’s historic Casa San Ysidro with curator of history Deb Slaney. We will then head to Santa Fe and get settled at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, followed by dinner at the Santa Fe Cooking School. Also planned is a visit to the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden and Foundry, where we will have a catered lunch with family members. A private reception at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum will follow that evening. On the third day, we will tour the Georgia O’Keefe Museum with curator Carolyn Kastner and

then have time for lunch and shopping in the Old Town area. In the afternoon we will travel to the Tower Gallery at Poeh Center on the Pueblo of Pojoaque to meet with Native American sculptor Roxanne Swentzell. Before returning to Santa Fe, we will have a farewell dinner at Rancho de Chimayó. After breakfast on our last day, we will visit the Rio Grande Botanical Garden in Albuquerque for a special art and garden design tour with the executive director and staff. We will have lunch before heading to the airport for your return flight home. To register for this tour, contact Mike Hagerman at Synergy Tours, 602-276-9008.

Journey to Galapágos aboard the National Geographic Endeavour

more than observe this precious ecosystem – you will interact with it. Discover the wonders that make the Galapagos Islands one of the world’s most unparalleled adventure travel destinations. Featuring: • World-class expert naturalists interpreting the wonders of Galápagos • Unmatched sea exploration technology • Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station • Puerto Villamil and tortoise breeding center • Espanola - Marine iguanas and waved albatross exclusive to this island • Bartolome and Santiago - Snorkel with penguins and explore the best tide pools

Forever linked with the name Charles Darwin and often referred to as the birthplace of the theory of evolution and natural selection, the Galapagos Islands are the destination of a lifetime that should not be missed. 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. The Garden is proud to offer this collaborative expedition with Lindblad Expeditions. Small ship expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands are your opportunity to discover one-of-akind wildlife in a spectacular setting with a top-tier expedition team. Lindblad was the first to offer this expedition to the Galapagos Islands – exhibiting more than 40 years of experience in the land of Darwin. Thanks to Lindblad’s long history of expedition cruises in the Galapagos Islands, you will do so much 32


Monday - Thursday / May 3 - May 6, 2010 $1,495 per person (Double occupancy) $1,895 per person (Single occupancy)

For more information contact Steen Allard-Lawson at May 21-30, 2010 / Cabin prices from $4,483 (Double occupancy)

Tour South African Gardens and More

Prepare for an experience of a lifetime to a destination unlike any other—South Africa, world-renowned as one of the finest countries to visit for the garden and nature enthusiast. This is the only African country that has been able to make botanical gardens a priority. The gardens are magnificent and feature some of the most fascinating plants on the continent. This specially designed tour for Garden members provides a behind the scenes look at many of these gardens, with specially arranged meetings with the directors and curators who make these gardens their life’s work. Featuring: • World-class destinations, incredible service, and the chance to view unrivaled natural wonders, cultures and sights •  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve • West Coast National Park including Postberg Nature Reserve • Vergelegen wine estate, historic Stellenbosch and its Botanical Gardens • Karoo National Gardens and Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden • Boat trip on Knysna Lagoon, visit to the Featherbed and Pledge Nature Reserves • Pretoria Botanical Garden, National Herbarium and Witwatersrand Botanical Garden • Lowveld National Botanical Garden, evening game drives at private game reserves • Luxurious and unparalleled accommodations throughout the trip, including Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge ( and Le Franschhoek Hotel For more information contact Steen Allard-Lawson at  ctober 2-18, 2010 / $7,839 (Double occupancy) O $1,798 (Single supplement)



registration information

Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20% discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. To become a member, log on to If you have any questions regarding Education Program registration, please contact 480-481-8146, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Private Group Classes

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Many of the classes listed in the calendar including photography are available for private groups. Please contact the onsite public programs manager, Steen Allard-Lawson at 480-481-2066 or email for prices and availability.

Refunds are available for cancellations made more than five business days prior to class start date, less a $20 fee. No refunds are available for cancellations made less than five business days prior to class start date. No refunds or credits will be given after the start date of the program. A full refund will be made in the event a program is cancelled by the Desert Botanical Garden. Refunds cannot be issued for missed class sessions. Please note that special cancellation policies apply to extended Trips and Adventures.

Register Early Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis; please register early to ensure your space in the program. Additionally, programs may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment; register early and encourage your friends to do the same. Advance registration is required for all classes. Confirmation of your enrollment will be sent by mail following your completed registration.

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Important Information 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 mail. Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded. Please be considerate of fellow program participants. Please silence portable electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) during programs, and please do not bring unregistered guests to programs. We value your questions, comments or suggestions regarding current or future programs offered by the Desert Botanical Garden. Please call 480-481-8146. Additional program information is available at the Garden’s Admission Box Office or online at

Register in Person Registrations are accepted in person Monday through Friday, (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the Desert Botanical Garden Marley Education and Volunteer Building. Registration forms are available and accepted at the Garden’s Admission Box Office, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 34


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Enjoy the Benefits of Garden Membership • F  ree Garden Admission – 362 days •  Free Butterfly Exhibit Admission – March-May and October-November. • Guest passes to the Garden and Butterfly Exhibit • Reciprocal admission & discounts at 200 other gardens, arboreta & conservatories • 30% Discount – Music/Jazz in the Garden concert tickets • 25% off purchases at Garden Shop Bi-Annual Members-Only Sale • 20% Discount on Guest Admissions • 20% Discount – Workshop/ Hike fees • 10% Discount – March/October Plant Sale purchases • 10% Discount – Garden Shop gifts and plants • Free subscriptions to Garden publications • Special subscription rate to Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine • Rental discounts on strollers and wheelchairs • Free Summer Flashlight Tours

$65 Aloe Vera Club (provides admission for one adult only and does not include children) – one guest pass, one free audio tour rental per visit The following membership levels provide benefits for two adults and members’ children/grandchildren age 18 and younger. $75 Senita Club – 2 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals per visit $100 Cholla Club – 4 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals per visit $150 Agave Century Club – 6 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, and one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly $300 Boojum Tree Club – 8 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour

❑ Check enclosed. Please make payable to Desert Botanical Garden Please bill my: ❑ Visa ❑ MasterCard ❑ AMEX ❑ Discover Card#__________________________________Exp._______________ ❑ Mr. & Mrs. ❑ Mr. ❑ Ms. ❑ Other Name_____________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________________________________ Email_____________________________________________________ ❑ Send me information about Volunteer Opportunities. For more information about Garden membership, contact Membership Helpline at 480-941-3517 or visit

$500 Ocotillo Club – 10 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to two exclusive events, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour $700 Golden Barrel Club – 10 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to three exclusive events or programs, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour Additional donor levels are available for annual gifts of $1,250 and higher. Please contact the Garden at 480-481-8147 for information about these levels.

PERPETUAL: Continuing or enduring forever; everlasting; lasting an indefinitely long time; continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless; blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year. Your support of the Desert Botanical Garden can be perpetual through an estate gift to endowment. Income from the endowment continues that Garden support forever! Explore planned giving ideas at or contact Susan Shattuck, gift planning officer, at 480-941-3507 or CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Phoenix, AZ Permit no. 1269

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 480-941-1225 |

Open Daily

October-April / 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. May-September / 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Garden Closed

Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and July 4

Garden Closes Early March 22 / 5 p.m. March 26 / 3 p.m. April 24 / 12 p.m.

Admission Fees

Members are admitted free Adults: $15 Seniors: $13.50 (60 years and older) Students: $7.50 (13–18 & college with ID) Children: $5 (3–12) Children under 3 are admitted free

Free Admission

Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 1 - 8 p.m. In addition, entry into the seasonal Spring Butterfly exhibit is also free from 1 - 5 p.m. March 9, April 13 and May 11, 2010. Parking is limited.

Garden Information

480-941-1225 / Weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Membership Helpline

480-941-3517 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June-September (Weekdays) October-May (Daily)

Members receive personal assistance with any membership questions, renewals or problems purchasing tickets for special events. The Garden is powered with 100% renewable energy provided by

Official Airline of Desert Botanical Garden

Education Program Registration

480-481-8146 / Weekdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Plant Hotline

Desert Plant Questions or 480-941-1225 / Monday-Friday 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Our Garden staff and volunteers have the resources and expertise to help you.

Wildflower InfoSite March and April

Where are the wildflowers? Go to during March and April for reports from Arizona’s desert parks and gardens. No Internet? Call our Desert Plant Hotline – see above for hours and information.

Call Center

480-481-8188 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday

For special event ticketing, check for current information.

Garden Shop

Gifts and Plants 480-481-8113 / Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. No admission required.

One-stop shopping experience for extraordinary gifts and plants. Jewelry, books, gourmet foods, decorative items and apparel are just a few of the unique gifts you will find. A wide selection of plants is available for your home, patio and garden. 10% member discount.

The Mission of the Desert Botanical Garden

The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence 480-481-8133 / Weekdays in education, research, exhibition 12 - 4 p.m. and conservation of desert plants Find information about plants and of the world with emphasis on the other desert topics in our special Southwestern United States. We will reference collection. ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to Patio Café life the many wonders of the desert.

Schilling Library

Open Daily

The Garden’s Patio Café offers Join the conversation visitors a beautiful setting for Get the latest info for the Garden at breakfast, lunch or a snack. Call 480-941-1225 for seasonal hours or to ask about group options and facility rental information.

Group Tours & Activities For reduced group rates for ten or more, call 480-481-8104 or go to

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Allan Houser, Spirit of the Wind, 1992. Bronze, 126” x 96” x 72”, ed. of 6. ©Chiinde, LLC. Allan Houser, Inc. Photo: Adam Rodriguez PLEASE RECYCLE. Passing your calendar on to a friend is a great place to start.

Spring 2010 Calendar of Events  

Calendar for members and friends of Desert Botanical Garden

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