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Garden Calendar EVENTS, EXHIBITS, CL ASSES AND TRIPS

March - May 2013

Fresh from the Garden Care of Fruit Trees 10

Vegetable Container Gardening 14

Harvest to Plate with Gertrude’s Chef Eldridge 24


exhibits Philip Haas: The Four Seasons Now through April 28 Stardust Foundation Plaza between the Cactus and Succulent Galleries Garden Hours / Included with paid Garden admission

The Four Seasons are four monumental, earthy and exuberant sculptures by Philip Haas that will delight your eyes. The sculptures are inspired by Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s painting series The Four Seasons. Arcimboldo’s imaginative portraits were whimsical, puzzle-like paintings composed of fruits, vegetables, flowers and related objects. For additional information visit dbg.org/fourseasons. The Four Seasons is supported by Act One Foundation.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit In the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion March 2 – May 12 / 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Members: Free / General Public: $3.50 Children under three free with paid Garden admission

Take a stroll through the beautiful Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and find yourself surrounded by hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Watch as butterflies sip nectar and bask in the sun in this lush and colorful habitat. Special outdoor displays showcase plants that attract butterflies and an exploration station where you can learn more about these delicate winged creatures. Supported by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation.

Whispers of a New World: Sculpture by Carolina Escobar Now through May 27 Garden Trails / Garden Hours Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Included with paid Garden admission

Using vibrant colors and shapes inspired by nature, Escobar works with steel and resined cloth to create organic sculptures. Ottosen Gallery works include Escobar’s two-dimensional pieces resembling the flowing forms of her sculptures and the rich colors found in nature. For information visit dbg.org/whispers.

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daily and weekly activities Included with membership or admission

Garden Tours

Group Tours and Activities

Daily / October 1 – May 12

Available at a time and date of your choice

Explore the Garden with an expert who will help you understand the extraordinary plants of the Sonoran Desert. This docent-led tour guides you past towering saguaros and tiny mammilarias, bizarre boojums and elegant paloverdes. How does such abundant life survive and thrive in the harsh desert? Take a tour and find out. Bring water and a camera, and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

The Garden offers special discounts and customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Join us for team building, education and entertainment offerings, including private guided tours, planting activities and Southwestern cooking demonstrations. Ask about our Native Cultures and Plants tour package that includes a boxed lunch and visits to both the Desert Botanical Garden and Heard Museum. Call 480 481.8104 or go to dbg.org/groupsales for pricing and more information.

Birds in the Garden Mondays / February – April / 8 a.m.

Activities for Children

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

Daily / Year-round

Ask a Gardener Saturdays and Sundays / February – April 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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.

Keep children interested and engaged with activity sheets as you stroll through the Garden. Stop by the Admissions entrance booths and ask about our Desert Detectives Bingo activity sheets for kids ages three to eight or our Cacti Quest scavenger hunt activity for kids ages eight and older. The Cacti Quest is sponsored by Emerson Network Power.

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.

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Exhibits Daily and Weekly Activities Garden Meetings Special Events Member Events Melodie’s Program Landscape and Gardening Gardening Arts Photography and Art Foods and Well-Being Explorations in Natural Sciences Volunteer Opportunities Education through Travel and Adventure Children and Family Education Summer Camp Registration Information Become a Member Garden Information

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garden meetings Arizona Native Plant Society Meeting Tuesdays / February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 7 - 9 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcome

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 Michael Plagens at 602 459.5224 for more information.

Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting Sundays / February 24, March 24, April 21, May 19 2 - 4 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcome

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. Visit centralarizonacactus.org for more information.

Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale Friday - Sunday / April 5 - 7 / Dorrance Hall Friday and Saturday / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Expect to see amazing, beautiful and bizarre examples of cacti and succulents as members of the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society display potted specimens of desert plants from around the world. The show includes a sale featuring plants and pots from southwestern growers and artists. For more information, go to centralarizonacactus.org.

Garden Members Annual Meeting Thursday / June 6 / 5:30 - 7 p.m. / Dorrance Hall

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.

special events Ticket Price

Members: $30 / General Public: $35

To Purchase Tickets

CORKS & CACTUS Saturday / February 23 / 1 - 5 p.m. OR Sunday / February 24 / 1 - 5 p.m. Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard

FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT AT CORKS & CACTUS Saturday, February 23 Joe Garcia & Friends

Sunday, February 24 Mr. Trio featuring Adam Roberts

Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of the Desert Botanical Garden at Corks & Cactus, where boutique wines and desert beauty blend into a delightful afternoon. Sample from 40 different wines each day, enjoy lively musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations and purchase delicious food pairings from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. Visit with representatives from a variety of wineries and purchase a bottle or case to take home. Did you purchase wine at Corks & Cactus 2012? If so, bring your Garden reusable wine tote and receive 10% off your purchase of six or more bottles! All wine purchased at the event directly benefits the Garden. For event details, visit dbg.org/corks.

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• Order online at dbg.org/corks • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily ) Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification. Children will not be admitted even if a parent or guardian is present. Event programming subject to change. No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the event. No refund, exchanges or rain dates. Corks & Cactus ticket price includes Garden/Event admission, wine tasting and entertainment. In-kind support provided by:

Additional support provided by:


special events

Music Garden

SPRING CONCERT SERIES 2013

In celebration of Desert Botanical Garden’s 75th Anniversary, the Spring Music in the Garden Concert Series pays tribute to our Garden members and some of the most talented and popular musicians in the Valley. Enjoy a special lineup featuring member favorites, some of whom have been gracing the Ullman Terrace stage for years.

Spring 2013 Concerts March – May concerts: 7 - 9 p.m. March 1 March 8

Fridays / Ullman Terrace March – May / Doors open at 5:30 p.m. / Concerts 7 - 9 p.m. June / Doors open at 6 p.m. / Concerts 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Members: $16 / General Public: $22

The Sugar Thieves

Delta Blues March 15

The Brazen Heads

Celtic Rock/Irish SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT March 29 Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta

Latin/Mambo Members: $21 / General Public: $27 April 5

Grupo Liberdade

Brazilian/World/Batucada April 12

Pete Pancrazi

Jazz Guitar

DINING & BEVERAGE OPTIONS

NEW THIS YEAR! Plan ahead and enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, the Garden’snew restaurant OR enjoy the following options available at Ullman Terrace: • Patio Café • Chef-attended station • Full cash bar • Boutique wine sales

Domingo DeGrazia

Spanish Guitar

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT April 19 Turning Point

Jazz/Fusion Members: $21 / General Public: $27 May 3

Cinco de Moio

Latin Grooves/Jazz/Percussion May 10

Fuerza Caribe

Latin/Salsa/Bachata May 17

Big Nick & the Gila Monsters

Blues

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT PRICING Members: $21 / General Public: $27

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT May 31 Get Back: A Musical Tribute to The Beatles

Must be 21 or older to attend, proper identification is required to be shown for admission, and children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present.

Members: $21 / General Public: $27

Classic Rock/Symphony June concerts: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. June 7

Sonoran Jazz

Jazz/Funk

To purchase tickets: • Order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily) Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets are available. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more adults by calling 480 481.8104. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased. No outside food, beverage or alcohol allowed. Programming subject to change.

June 14

The Del Rayz

Blues/Boogie June 21

Pat Roberts and the Heymakers

Rockabilly/Blues June 28

Big Pete Pearson

Blues

Sponsored in part by:

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special events Breakfast with the Butterflies Saturday OR Sunday / March 9 OR 10 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Dorrance Hall and Boppart Courtyard Doors open 10 a.m. / Breakfast and activities available 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: Adults $35 / Children $30 General Public: Adults $40 / Children $35

K.H.ARTS presents MOMIX: Botanica February 22 - 23 / Friday / February 22 / 8 p.m. Saturday / February 23 / 2 and 8 p.m. / Orpheum Theatre

Last spring Desert Botanical Garden and Ballet Arizona presented the Phoenix premiere of MOMIX: Botanica. Three sold-out performances in the Orpheum Theatre delighted audiences with high energy dance, magical puppetry and other special effects. We are pleased that K.H.Arts is bringing MOMIX: Botanica back to Phoenix for three more performances in February and ask Garden members to mention the word Garden when purchasing their tickets. K.H.Arts will donate $3 for every ticket purchased in this manner.

At the Desert Botanical Garden we are all aflutter over the return of Breakfast with the Butterflies! Join us for a colorful celebration marking the opening of the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast by Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events, children’s crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and music by Poranguí. All guests will receive admission into the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Children will receive their own pair of butterfly wings to wear and take home. To Purchase Tickets:

• Order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily) Open seating only. Tickets are limited. Advance ticket purchase required. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased.

Visit kharts.com to learn more about MOMIX: Botanica. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or 602 262.7272.

Spring Plant Sale

18th Annual Scottsdale Artist League Spring Paintout Saturdays / Throughout the Garden March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Show and Sale / Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 5, 6 and 7 Center for Desert Living Trail / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Artists League will cosponsor their 18th annual Spring Paintout. As visitors walk through the trails, they will come across 50 of Scottsdale Artists League’s best landscape painters capturing Garden scenes. All the artwork from the Paintout will be on display and for sale for the final weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Artists League’s Scholarship Fund. For more information visit www.scottsdaleartistsleague.org. 6

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Sponsored by The Arizona Republic and Chipotle Mexican Grill March 15 – 17 / Event Plaza Parking Lot Garden Members Preview: Friday / March 15 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open to the General Public: Saturday / March 16 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. AND Sunday / March 17 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. No admission charge to enter the Spring Plant Sale

The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale is a one-stop shopping experience featuring the widest variety of aridadapted plants available in one location. This spring’s sale has the largest selection ever, with many new and unusual plants and seeds. Garden volunteers and horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. There is also a used book sale with a broad range of subjects with all proceeds benefiting the Garden’s library. (Book donations are accepted at Garden Admissions. Sorry, no magazines.) Specialty retailers offer pottery and other garden accessories.


Agave on the Rocks Friday / March 22 / 6 - 10 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $65 MEMBERS ACT NOW! All members that purchase their ticket prior to Sunday, February 24 will receive $5 off each ticket!

Celebrate Sonoran roots at the 11th Annual Agave on the Rocks, a deliciously fun evening at the Desert Botanical Garden. Do not miss this chance to sample gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, listen to fabulous music and sip refreshing margaritas. To Purchase Tickets:

• Order online at dbg.org • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily) Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present.

ANNUAL MARGARITA EVENT

Desert Botanical Garden Friday, March 22, 2013 DBG.ORG

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 Garden. No refunds, exchanges or rain dates. Sponsored in part by:

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Grand Tour of Gardens

The 27th Annual Dinner on the Desert

Phoenix Home & Garden Sunday / April 7 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday / April 27 Jan and Tom Lewis, Co-Chairs

Phoenix Home & Garden magazine invites you to celebrate springtime by taking part in the 15th annual Grand Tour of Gardens. Stroll through some of the Valley’s most enchanting outdoor spaces while talking with gardeners, landscapers and plant enthusiasts. Each private garden offers a different perspective on desert living, and visitors are encouraged to explore.

Dinner on the Desert will honor the Garden’s timeless, treasured beauty and celebrate its 75th anniversary. The evening begins in Ottosen Entry Garden with a signature cocktail and warm welcome by co-chairs Jan and Tom Lewis. Enjoy the setting sun as you stroll to Dorrance Hall. Savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres while you bid on distinctive plants, pots, garden art, and unusual and exciting experiences. The magical outdoor setting of the Garden—heightened by Philip Haas’ extraordinary Four Seasons sculptures—is the stage for your evening of Garden-inspired cuisine. The party continues with music, dancing and desserts under the stars.

The self-guided tour costs $45 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Botanical Garden. Purchase your tickets online today at www.phgmag.com/gardentour or by calling 480 664.3960.

Tickets start at $500. Reservations are limited. Please call Esther Battock at 480 481.8182 for more information or reservations.

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National Public Gardens Day

Celebrates Its Fourth Year as National Geographic Live Arizona Community Partner

Friday / May 10 / 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Presenting National Sponsor

Sponsored by

Community Partner

Presented by

Spread the word and help raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship. Admission to the Garden and the Spring Butterfly Exhibit is free on National Public Gardens Day. Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. The Music in the Garden Concert this evening is a ticketed event and is not free with admission. Visit dbg.org to purchase concert tickets.

2013 Speaker Series

Use the code “desert” when ordering tickets and 10% of your ticket price will be donated to the Garden by Mesa Arts Center.

Ballet Arizona presents Topia 2013 May 14 - 18, 21 - 22, 24 - 25, 28 - June 1 Desert Botanical Garden

Børge Ousland Adventures in Polar Exploration Wednesday / March 6 / 7:30 p.m.

Polar adventurer, avid outdoorsman and former member of Norway’s Marinejeger (the equivalent to our Navy Seals), Børge Ousland is the first person ever to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported, and the first to cross the Northwest and Northeast Passages by sea in a single season. Journey with him to the Poles in this charismatic and compelling presentation of bigger-than-life images, video and stories. Ousland will report on his latest expeditions with photos and hair-raising video direct from the field.

Topia, an original ballet created by Artistic Director Ib Andersen, fuses nature and dance. The ballet is performed in an outdoor desert venue on an 80-foot panoramic stage. Andersen’s brilliant choreography is set to the music of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Tickets on sale at the Ballet Arizona box office, 602 381.1096 or ticketmaster.com. Garden members will receive 10% off their tickets when using promo code: VIPTopia.

Photo credit: Børge Ousland

Ticketing Information 480.644.6500 / www.mesaartscenter.com/natgeolive Mesa Arts Center – One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

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member events Patrons Circle Member Events Saguaro Circle, Curator’s Circle, Director’s Circle and Founder’s Circle

members give $1,250 - $25,000 annually and are part of Patrons Circle. Spring Plant Sale Preview Thursday / March 14 / 4:30 - 7 p.m. Chair: Tennille Blair

Patrons Circle members are invited to enjoy this special evening event, which includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as an 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 Marcos Voss at mvoss@dbg.org, 480 481.8179.

Tour of Private Gardens Sunday / March 24 / 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Co-Chairs: Connie Binns, Barbara Ottosen and Nancy Swanson

Patrons Circle members will enjoy an intimate and relaxing stroll through several exquisite private gardens. An optional lunch is available for purchase. For additional information, please contact Lauren Svorinic at lsvorinic@dbg.org, 480 481.8147.

melodie’s program Spring Programs Summer Entertaining: Healthy Cooking Class and Tasting Join Chef Madelyn Pryor to make some cool and healthy summer fair, including fruit cocktails and an unforgettable BBQ. This cooking demonstration and tasting features menus loaded with antioxidants, phyto-chemicals, high fiber, low-fat and healthy dairy alternatives. This class is open to cancer survivors, their family and friends at no cost. Limit 15. Thursday / May 16 / 2 - 4 p.m. Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602.712.1006

Kid2Kid/Family2Family Desert Exploration

Serving Cancer Survivors and their Families

Melodie’s Program was created in honor of the late Melodie Lewis, a past president of the Desert Botanical Garden. Her passion for the Garden and The Wellness Community led us to offer Wellness Community classes at the Garden to bring cancer survivors here to enjoy this healing and nurturing environment. Together we seek to expand the supportive community for cancer patients, their family and friends.

Tour the Desert Botanical Garden while you learn about the life cycles of plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert. Become your own desert detective as you explore and collect information about desert life through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Following the tour, you are welcome to spend the rest of the day at the Garden with your family, including a visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. This program is open to children who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer and their families at no cost. Space is limited. Saturday / May 4 / 10 - 11 a.m. Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602.712.1006 Desert Botanical Garden SPRING CALENDAR

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landscape and gardening Landscape and gardening classes can be found at dbg.org/adultclasses.

Spring Tree and Shrub Care Learn from an expert arborist how to care for your garden’s woody plants after the cold season. The class will discuss spring pruning of trees and shrubs, including those damaged by frost. It will cover the best timing and methods for spring pruning, including restoration and rejuvenation of sheared or overgrown shrubs. Instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25. Sunday / March 3 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Xeriscape Basics

YOUR DESERT HOME A Gardening Program

Your Desert Home A Gardening Program is designed for the home hobbyist interested in plants and is geared toward those wanting to learn more about low-desert gardening and techniques. The classes offered will give you the necessary skills and training to be a successful home gardener. Classes are open to all regardless of intent to complete the program. Additional information including registration and completion forms can be found in the program listings at dbg.org/educationprograms. Classes and Guidelines Your Desert Home requires completion of five core classes and 10 elective classes. The five core classes will get you started in your garden and are identified with (Core) following the class. They are introductory in nature and will help you build a solid foundation in whatever type of gardening endeavor you pursue. Select core and elective classes (all other classes) in the Landscaping and Gardening section of the calendar or visit dbg.org/education-programs/classes-trips. This program is self-directed, self-tracked, and participants will receive an exclusive Desert Botanical Garden gift to inspire their gardening adventures upon completion of 15 classes (five core classes and 10 elective classes). For more information, email aelliott@dbg.org or call 480 481.8171.

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In summer months, outdoor water use accounts for nearly 50% of water used around the average home. By learning the seven basic fundamentals of xeriscaping you will be able to create a beautiful yet water-conserving landscape. Choose the appropriate lawn turf, plants, mulches and irrigation systems for your climate, soil and existing site conditions. Learn about the diversity of plant foliage, flower colors, climate and seasonal water conservation techniques that can both save you money and improve your garden. Water conservation through creative landscaping gives a whole new meaning to “going green.” Instructed by Tom Stephens. Limit 25. Tuesday and Thursday / March 5 and 7 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. In this class you will learn the single biggest mistake people make when planting fruit trees in the desert; when to plant and how to manage your fruit trees; watering and fertilizing techniques; and why fruit trees are like art. The good news is that the same urban orcharding techniques apply to planting one tree or hundreds. Instructed by extension agent Richard Gibson. Limit 25. Wednesday / March 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Small Space Patios and Gardens Creative planning, careful selection and installation of hardscape and plants, and proper maintenance can turn a small garden into an enjoyable and attractive outdoor living area. Landscape architect Tom Stephens will show you how to develop a conceptual design for your small outdoor space that will be useful, beautiful, easy to maintain and cost efficient. Limit 25.

Best Plants: Annuals and Perennials Learn about the best plants to grow in your home landscape. It may seem challenging to find plants that can tolerate the Sonoran Desert environment, but there are many, both native and introduced, that thrive in our area. This class will be conducted as a walk through the Garden, identifying recommended plants with information on how to use them in your own landscape. This class is one of a five-part series, which will occur throughout the year covering: trees / shrubs / ground covers and vines / cacti and succulents / grasses, perennials and annuals. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 24.

Tuesday and Thursday / March 26 and 28 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

Saturday / March 9 / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners In the low desert, vegetable gardeners can plant and harvest something fresh from their garden any day of any month. Just follow 10 basic steps, plant according to local planting calendars, and understand irrigation. You will leave this class with the tools to plant and harvest all year long. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 25. Tuesday and Thursday / March 12 and 14 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Home Landscape Design Basics I (Core) The Home Landscape Design series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are attractive, comfortable, functional, sustainable and appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor will walk participants through each phase of design and assign exercises relating to each phase, from programming through concept design. Class participants can use their own gardens for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Basics I will cover basic design processes and principles. Contemporary design philosophies, such as xeriscape, permaculture, sustainability and regenerative design, will be discussed. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite class to the Home Landscape Design Basics II class. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25. Wednesdays / March 13, 20 and 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $75 / General Public: $94

Caring for Your Desert Garden (Core) Low-desert gardeners are confronted with special challenges when it comes to tending to their landscape. In this introductory class, participants will gain the basic skills and information needed to assist them in making choices on how to properly care for a garden while minimizing its impact on the environment. We will emphasize the importance of plant selection, which will affect how you maintain your garden for years. The class will also cover the best practices for planting, efficient watering, proper pruning methods, fertilizing and other general maintenance tasks to create a successful low-water use garden. Instructed by Angelica Elliott. Limit 25. Monday and Wednesday / April 1 and 3 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

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landscape and gardening

Best Plants: Shrubs

Home Landscape Design Basics II (Core)

Learn about the best plants to grow in your home landscape. It may seem challenging to find plants that can tolerate the desert, but there are many, both native and introduced, that thrive in our area. This class will be conducted as a walk through the Garden, identifying recommended plants with information on how to use them in your own landscape. This class is one of a five-part series, which will occur throughout the year covering: trees / shrubs / ground covers and vines / cacti and succulents / grasses, perennials and annuals. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 24.

The Home Landscape Design series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are attractive, comfortable, functional, sustainable and appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor will walk participants through all stages of design and assign exercises relating to each phase, from programming through concept design. Class participants can use their own gardens for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. We will discuss more detailed aspects of garden design, including both the hardscape and softscape parts of the landscape. Home Landscape Design Basics II class should be taken after the Home Landscape Design Basics I class. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25.

Saturday / April 6 / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens When temperatures flirt with 117 degrees, and nights fail to cool, summer gardens can be a lush, green, productive oasis, complete with harvestable crops! Tomatoes produce into July, eggplants grow throughout the season, Armenian cucumbers pick up when others fade away, and melons sweeten summer mornings. Okra, related to mallow and hibiscus, provides lovely flowers each morning to add to salads or prepare in traditional ways. Basil fills the garden, invites bees galore, and adds flavor to sweets and savories. Join this class to find out how to grow these bounties here. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 25. Tuesday / April 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

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Wednesdays / April 10 and 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75


All about Lavender People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. Roman soldiers wore it into battle believing it had protective powers. The essential oils of lavender are said to deepen sleep, speed wound healing and disinfect your home. Lavender can also be used in cooking to create culinary treats such as encrusted seared ahi tuna or lavender butter. We will discuss the uses and lore of this phenomenal plant and learn which varieties grow best in the low desert and how to harvest and store this magical plant. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 25. Thursday / April 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Native Vegetable Gardening: Ancient Knowledge, Modern Needs Gardening in the desert is both challenging and rewarding. Growing food in the Sonoran Desert requires techniques and plant varieties unique to the region. Over millennia, the native peoples of the Southwest developed ingenious farming practices and remarkable arid-adapted crops, which enabled them to elicit abundance from the desert. Join Chris Schmidt to learn how you can use these crops and apply this ancient wisdom in your own garden to grow delicious, nutritionally rich, place-based food with as little water as possible. Limit 25. Saturday / April 13 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $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 their 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. Learn about 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 13 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44 Desert Botanical Garden SPRING CALENDAR

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landscape and gardening Vegetable Container Gardening Whether you are supplementing a garden bed, gardening on a balcony, or just beautifying a patio, containers are a great way to grow your own vegetables. This step-by-step workshop focuses on the challenges of growing produce in containers in Phoenix and the Southwest. Learn about potting soils, watering, mulch, the importance of location and how it all changes through the seasons. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 25. Sunday / April 14 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Vegetable Garden Design A vegetable garden does not have to be square. It could be tiers off the back porch or a raised serpentine swath of color along a walkway. Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to copy the indigenous, sunken waffle beds to channel water, and more. We will draw up a plan for your own edible, sustainable, accessible and beautiful garden. Now is the best time to plan for cool season success. Get ready to think outside the box! Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25. Wednesdays / April 24 and May 1 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Selecting and Growing Herbs We grow herbs for many different reasons. Culinary herbs add flavor and zest to our meals, and medicinal herbs promote healing. Herbs also provide fragrance and beauty to our gardens, and no matter how we choose to grow them—in raised beds, containers or traditional beds—they are fun and easy to grow. This class will cover all the basics, including plant choice, soil types, watering schedules, planting calendar, amounts of sun and shade and other tips on cultivating your own healthy herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 25. Sunday / May 5 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

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Cactus Cultivation and Care A diverse array of cacti can be planted in your landscape or containers. Whether you begin by growing your own plants from seeds, cuttings or divisions, or purchase your plants at a nursery, this class will provide you with easy-to-use techniques for overall care and maintenance of healthy, vibrant plants. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 25. Tuesday / May 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Irrigation System Maintenance 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. Familiarize yourself with all three types of irrigation systems (drip, sprinklers and bubblers) and specific needs for each. Learn how to maintain systems for peak efficiency to ensure healthy plants. 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 / May 11 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens It is coming—the blinding heat of a Phoenix summer. This course will help you get your produce garden ready. Find out which vegetables can take the heat, and which will have to get out of the frying pan. With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25. Wednesday / May 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Pruning Trees and Shrubs In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your green 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 / May 19 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

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landscape and gardening Landscape for Life

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Landscape for LifeTM, developed by the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM. The Garden is pleased to present this series of classes to help homeowners become better stewards of the land, by implementing sustainable practices that can restore and protect the environment for future generations. Landscape for LifeTM is composed of five lessons that explore the roles of the five universal elements of residential landscapes: water, soils, plants, plant practices and materials. Participants will each be asked to create a base map of their own property. In a practical application, they will use the base maps to assess their sites and then learn how to implement sustainable practices by incorporating the five elements in their own landscapes. The classes are designed to engage the student and examine each topic through a combination of presentations, class discussions, exercises and field trips. Thursdays / April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $135 / General Public: $169

Gardening Arts Succulent Hanging Baskets Create a beautiful hanging basket of succulents appropriate for a trailing display. Learn which succulents have the best growth habit for making stunning hanging baskets and how to prepare the planting container. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 20. Sunday / March 3 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $85 / General Public: $106

Design Captivating Containers Break free from fussy annuals and venture into the world of captivating containers. Join award-winning designers Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture, and Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture, to learn bold container planting techniques unlike anything you have seen before. They will focus on low-maintenance containers and will cover plant staging, planting in grids, monopots, top-dressing and companion plants. In this interactive class, you will create your own container garden to take home with an assortment of plants, stones, glass and tile! All materials provided. Limit 20. Saturday / May 18 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $85 / General Public: $106

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photography and art Photography and art classes can be found at dbg.org/adultclasses.

Digital Desert Photography Learn the keys to photographic excellence using digital cameras! Getting Started This beginner class is ideal for digital camera owners who want to be able to create dramatically better photos every time. The class emphasizes learning how to use different functions and features available in your digital camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. Topics also covered include: basic composition, general tips for taking better pictures, and use of auto-scene modes. Open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Gardens is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.

Photography and Art Capturing Wildflowers Spring is approaching, which means only one thing for nature photographers: wildflower season! There is something magical about coming across a landscape covered with wildflowers. Capturing this landscape can be intimidating. However, there are simple techniques you can use to obtain dramatic results with minimal effort. In this class you will learn how to use the right equipment, how to achieve correct exposure and metering, close-up techniques, how to get sharp images, and proper composition. This class is recommended for photographers with different cameras and all levels of experience. Some shooting in the Garden will be included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12. Saturday / March 2 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Smartphone Photography – iPhone and iPad Sometimes the best camera is the one that is always in your pocket and allows you to register spontaneous and spectacular moments. Also, phones and tablets connected to the Web let you share these moments instantly using email, Facebook, Twitter and other means. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot with your smartphone or tablet, as well as the must-have apps to create great photos. iPhone or iPad required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 12. Saturday / March 2 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR Saturday / May 4 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Saturday and Wednesday / March 9 and 13 Saturday / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. OR Sunday and Wednesday / May 5 and 8 Sunday / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Next Steps In this class, the focus is on intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital SLR camera. You will learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of dial modes. Topics discussed include: creative use of exposure controls; auto focus options; metering and exposure; use of histograms and highlights; understanding the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings; and image resolution and white balance. Hands-on assistance will be provided while setting up your camera for varying lighting and scene conditions using appropriate metering and focus options. Some shooting in the Gardens is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10. Saturday and Wednesday / April 13 and 17 Saturday / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. OR Saturday and Tuesday / May 11 and 14 Saturday / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members: $70 / General Public: $88

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photography and art Moonscape Photography The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of learning and fun. Moonscape photography explores the idea of photographing the world in the absence of sunlight. Learn how DSLR cameras have an amazing ability to capture light during a full moon. In this class, students will be able to explore the Garden at night and take pictures with long exposures in the different environments the Garden offers. This class requires a DSLR camera (with detachable lenses), a tripod, and a wide-angle lens. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10. Wednesday / March 27 / 6 - 9 p.m. OR Thursday / April 25 / 6 - 9 p.m. OR Friday / May 24 / 7 - 10 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Photographing Birds: Early-Bird Package Deal Buy Photographing Birds: An Introduction and Photographing Birds: Field together as a package through February 28 and receive an exclusive 20% discount!

HDR Photography

Members: $56 / General Public: $70

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to make your photos look more realistic, with more visible details? Learn how to master High Dynamic Range (HDR), a technology that captures the full range of highlights and shadows. This four-hour class is divided into three parts, an introductory classroom portion, a hands-on session shooting in the Garden, and an editing session transforming your photos into HDR art. This class requires a DSLR camera and tripod. We also recommend that you bring your laptop with Adobe ® Photoshop ® or HDRsoft Photomatix Pro Software. Instructed by Jeff Lowman. Limit 10.

Offer expires on February 28. Programs may be purchased separately after March 1.

Saturday / March 30 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Photographing Birds: An Introduction Birds have long captivated people with their unmatched beauty and grace, their song, and ability to fly. Whether you are photographing birds in your backyard or heading to that incredible birding trip, this class will teach you how to capture beautiful images of your favorite avian subjects. Techniques covered in this class include making correct exposures, producing sharp images, designing the image, approaching wild birds, metering, and guidelines for proper conduct in the field. This class is open to all camera owners and recommended to DSLR camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden will be included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12. Friday / May 3 / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Photographing Birds: Field

Photographing butterflies is filled with both opportunities and challenges. At the Garden, we are fortunate to have exclusive access to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion with an array of beautiful subjects. Photography considerations include isolating our subject from the background, as well as controlling the depth of field, color and light, reflectivity, exposure, and composition. Being mindful of these considerations is crucial in photographing butterflies. Learn important techniques in this training event, which includes a hands-on portion at the Butterfly Pavilion. This class requires a digital camera and a mid-range to telephoto lens. We also recommend bringing a macro lens and a monopod. Instructed by Christine Keith. Limit 10.

Join us for a unique opportunity to be guided as you photograph birds in the field. The class is ideal for those with limited time and opportunity to practice their photographic skills in an environment that provides the best chance to capture images of a number of Arizona’s most popular bird species. We will help you test those new skills and techniques learned in our Photographing Birds: An Introduction session and provide additional guidance for more experienced bird photographers. This is an off-site class and transportation is not included. Directions will be provided with class confirmation. While the class is open to all photographers it is best suited to those individuals owning a DSLR camera. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Thursday / April 4 / 8 - 11 a.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Saturday / May 4 / 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

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Master Your Point and Shoot Camera Learn how to obtain the best results from your digital point and shoot camera. This hands-on class focuses on learning how to set up your camera and use its many features. Time is allotted for hands-on training on the Garden trails. This is an excellent, entry-level class for students new to point-and-shoot style digital cameras. Instructed by Jeff Lowman. Limit 10. Saturday / April 13 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Mastering the Tools of Photography The Mastering Series of classes is recommended for DSLR digital camera owners only.

To capture something unique, as you see it, you must be proficient in light and exposure, composition and timing. Mastering the appropriate techniques for using your camera’s tools will ensure success in every situation. The classes listed below are instructed by photojournalist and landscape photographer Christine Keith. Light and Exposure Making a good exposure starts with understanding light and how to use existing light to your advantage. In this course, we will study light sources and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade. We will take a walk in the Garden to examine high contrast and low contrast scenes. We will discuss ISOs, exposure compensation, and how to use your camera’s histogram and gray cards. Limit 10.

Mastering Field Photography and Editing Understanding exposure, composition, and how to best position yourself in the field are some of the key considerations in field photography. Learn from landscape photographer Christine Keith in this six-hour class where you will be guided in the field and learn how to edit your own photos of the Garden. During this training, you will learn the art of editing raw images, taken in the field portion of the training, using Adobe® Photoshop®. This class requires DSLR camera and lenses, tripod, and a laptop with Adobe® Photoshop® software. Students must also bring 15 of their best portfolio images to be critiqued in class for composition and craftsmanship. Limit 10. Saturday / April 20 / 1 - 7 p.m. Members: $75 / General Public: $94

Storm-chasing Photography Learn how to capture the perfect desert storm in this class and be ready when monsoon season arrives this summer. This training is aimed at photographers who are looking for one of the most exciting and adventurous type of photography in the area–desert thunderstorms. If you are ready for the challenge, join photographer Jeff Lowman, who will discuss the appropriate gear and equipment and the tips and tricks needed to capture the storm! This class requires DSLR camera and tripod. Limit 10. Thursday / May 9 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Saturday / March 2 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Composition and Seeing Edward Weston said that composition is the strongest way of seeing. Building on our understanding of light, we will look at how to use natural light to shape our compositions. We will also examine traditional rules of composition and the work of selected landscape photographers. In this class, we will talk about depth of field, where to hang the frame in capture, and cropping using Adobe® Photoshop®. The use of a tripod is recommended. Limit 10. Sunday / April 7 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Flash and Capturing Action Timing demands an ability to anticipate, see and capture peak action. Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism, called this element in taking pictures, “the decisive moment.” It is an essential ingredient in both landscape and people photography. In this class, we will talk about basic flash techniques, shutter speeds and f-stops. We will look at the Garden in terms of weather, time of day and season, and study successful photographs of nature. An off camera flash and tripod are recommended. Limit 10. Sunday / April 21 / 1 - 5 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

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photography and art Art Gourd with Philodendron Sheaths and other Botanical Treasures Nature provides bountiful treasures that can be used when decorating gourds. Philodendron and numerous dried pods, reeds, beans, flowers, beads, and grasses can be used. Let your imagination run and learn how to prepare and attach the sheaths of this tropical plant and use additional materials to add interest and texture to create a gourd masterpiece! Although all materials are included, students are welcome to bring their own botanical items. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12. Saturday / March 2 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Members: $90 / General Public: $112

Eco-dying for a Sustainable World Through experiments, you can uncover the secret of plant dyes. Using common plant materials such as rosemary, eucalyptus, Arizona black walnut, leaves and seed pods, we can create eco-dyed fabrics with long-lasting original prints. In this class, the science behind dye baths and printing with plants will be explained, and participants will be able to create a finished piece of fabric that can be used in many creative ways. This is a fun and sustainable way to explore and document your own backyard and neighborhood. All materials included. Instructed by Judy Newland. Limit 15. Sunday / March 10 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Desert Wildflowers in Watercolor Take advantage of the beautiful desert wildflowers blooming in the Garden. In this class, you will sketch and photograph wildflowers, such as lupine, poppy and penstemon, to create your own original watercolor painting. Beginner students will learn watercolor techniques that include mixing and blending colors, and glazing; more advanced students can improve their skills through exercises and demonstrations. All levels welcome. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Illuminated Desert on Vellum Join a group of artists doing a book of flowers from plants at the Garden. Learn the fine art of painting on vellum using watercolor and the traditional dry brush technique, often used for botanical painting. In this class, you will choose a plant at the Garden and depict it, with its first genus initial, combining shell gold and watercolor on vellum. Watercolor experience required. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15. Wednesdays / March 6, 13, 20, and 27 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $170 / General Public: $205 20

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Tuesdays / April 2, 9, 16, and 23 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $130 / General Public: $162

The Art of Lizards in the Garden Lizards are the most varied, fascinating and abundant of all reptiles. Several beautiful species live at the Desert Botanical Garden. Learn about their habits, and draw and paint these wonderful creatures with graphite, watercolor and colored pencil. All levels welcome. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15. Wednesdays / April 3, 10, 17, and 24 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $130 / General Public: $162


Cyanotype Silk Scarves Create a beautiful silk scarf using one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes—cyanotype. Participants will be given a pretreated 15x60-inch silk scarf and learn to apply botanical elements, gathered from the Garden, creating white impressions on the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype’s photosensitive iron-based formula. Your unique scarf will make a great wardrobe addition or holiday gift. Once you have completed the workshop you will have the skills to produce more fabric cyanotypes on your own. All materials included. Instructed by Laszlo Layton. Limit 15. Sunday / April 7 / 1 - 4 p.m. Members: $75 / General Public: $94

Designing Jewelry from the Desert In this workshop, participants will use a piece of cholla skeleton as the focal point to create a unique, textural necklace. Cholla skeletons are the wood parts of the cholla cactus which have been beautifully weathered by the harsh desert. Participants will accent their pieces with real turquoise beads and learn how to make their own copper wire beads, use patina solution to darken metal, forge their own clasps, and finish their pieces using seed beads of their choice. No previous jewelry-making experience is required. All materials are included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 15.

Nature Sketching and Journaling

Saturday / May 4 / 1 - 4 p.m. Members: $56 / General Public: $70

Wednesdays and Saturday Wednesdays / May 1 and 8 / 6 - 9 p.m. Saturday / May 11 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Members: $90 / General Public: $112

Nature journaling is an effective and artistic way to record observations on everything from world expeditions to backyard gardens. Learn sketching techniques using graphite, watercolor pencils and ink markers, as well as quick and easy ways to capture trees, clouds; grasses and water. Sketchbook and field kit provided, see online listing for additional required materials. A Saturday guided field trip is included and the optimal location will be determined and communicated to attendees. Transportation is not included. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15.

Gourd Masks Create a stunning gourd mask reflecting your style! In this class you will learn how to clean a gourd, apply your design, and select the color medium and/or wood burning for decoration. You will also learn how to attach adornments including feathers, beads and other embellishments. Although all materials are included, students are welcome to bring their own specialty feathers, embellishment, wood burner, and utility knife. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12. Sunday / May 5 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Members: $90 General Public: $112

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foods and well-being Foods and well-being classes can be found at dbg.org/adultclasses.

Cooking 101: Slice and Dice Want to cook like the pros? Having good knives and knowing how to sharpen and use them is a foundational culinary skill. In this class, you will learn the qualities of a good knife and how to choose one suited to a specific task. We will also talk about tips for boning chicken, dicing onions, working with meat and vegetables, and other topics. Join us in the teaching kitchen, learn some insider tips and tricks, and sharpen your knife skills! Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15. Sunday / March 3 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Cooking with Fresh Herbs With just the right touch, a fresh herb can transform a dish from decent to outstanding. In this class, we will explain when to use fresh herbs, how to store them, and how to extract the most flavor without diminishing their quintessential freshness. Each recipe will highlight a different herb. This is a vegan class taught by Madelyn Pryor. Limit 15. Tuesday / March 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Cochinita Pibil: A Mexican Tradition Cochinita pibil is one of the best-known and bestloved dishes of the Yucatan. “Cochinita” means little pig, and “pibil” has roots in the Mayan language and means buried. Many want you to believe you cannot make this dish at home and must pay high prices to eat it in a restaurant. Join us at the Garden kitchen where we will prove otherwise, and send you home ready to prepare an authentic Yucatan feast. Get ready to savor this traditional dish and learn how to choose the meat, make the rub, find the ingredients, tame the searing heat of the traditional habanero peppers, and why we love Seville oranges! Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15. Saturday / March 30 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Vegan India Take an exotic trip to India without ever leaving the Desert Botanical Garden. Taught by Jason Wyrick, chef and co-author of the New York Times best seller 21 Day Weightloss Kickstart, this class will cover curries, chutneys and chai. Come explore the cuisine of India, vegan-style, and learn authentic methods and modern techniques for creating these spectacular dishes. Being vegan has never been so delicious. Limit 15. Tuesday / April 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62 22

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Harvesting and Cooking Cholla Buds

Take Another Piece of My Tart

Join us on an adventure as we harvest the suprisingly delicious and nuritionally rich buds of the misunderstood 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 ethnobotanist Martha Burgess. Limit 15.

Janis Joplin might have changed the lyrics of her song if she tasted the tarts we will make in this class. With just one versatile, foolproof crust, this class will teach you how to make four easy tarts that will have your friends and family wide-eyed and drooling. An appetizer tart, a savory tart, and two dessert tarts will open the door for personal interpretation, inspiration and much kudos. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15.

Friday / April 19 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $55 / General Public: $68

Marvelous Main Course Salads with Herbs Simplify meal planning for any season with satisfying one-dish salads infused with the flavors and fragrances of fresh herbs and the spices of the Southwest. Drawing on recipes she developed for her award-winning book The Garden of Eating, Chef Rachel will show you how to make three mouthwatering main-dish salads, a simple dessert, and offer ideas for accompaniments. The recipes that will be demonstrated are wheat free, gluten free, and mostly dairy free. Limit 15.

Sunday / April 28 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Nature’s Medicine Cabinet Using a common sense approach and allowing nature to take its healing and nurturing course, you will learn how to better sustain your family’s health. This class will give you powerful tools to understand how to use nature to nourish and heal skin, and identify herbal remedies for eczema, psoriasis, cuts, scrapes, bruising and warts. Also, you will learn the different techniques used in preparing herbs, and take home a salve made during the class. Instructed by Linda Curry. Limit 20. Wednesday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Saturday / April 20 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

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foods and well-being Squash Blossoms Three Ways Have you ever considered buying those beautiful squash blossoms from your local farmer’s market? Do you know the difference between female and male blossoms? Join executive chef Greg Reynolds, from the Fabulous Food team, as we cook outdoors in the Garden and show you how these extraordinary flowers can be used to create delicious dishes, including squash blossom relleno and blossoms with shrimp. Limit 25. Saturday / May 18 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Cool Lemon and Lime Desserts for Hot Days Are you ready to put your culinary skills to the citrus test? “L” is for luscious when lemons and limes take on the dog days of summer. In this class, we will start with a new interpretation of lemonade, and then teach you how to make four different desserts, two using limes and two using lemons. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15. Sunday / May 19 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Sundown Yoga: Early-Bird Package Deal Buy all Sundown Yoga classes as a package through February 28 and receive an exclusive 20% discount! Members: $58 / General Public: $72

Offer expires on February 28. Programs may be purchased separately after March 1.

Sundown Yoga at the Garden Yoga is an ancient technique that focuses on body, mind and spirit to improve health and wellbeing. Originating in ancient India, yoga is much more than exercise; it is a practice that enhances breathing, meditation and self-awareness. Yoga philosophy envisions not only inner harmony, but harmony with our environment. What better way to unwind from daily stress than coming to the Garden for a sundown yoga session? In this unique opportunity, you will be guided as you deepen your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon. Limit 15. Wednesdays and Thursdays / 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays / March 6 or 20 Thursdays / April 4 or 18 Wednesdays / May 8 or 22 Members: $12 / General Public: $15 (price per session)

From Harvest to Plate This is your chance to meet Stephen K. Eldridge, executive chef at the Garden’s exciting new restaurant. In this workshop, Eldridge will discuss seasonal garden-to-table cooking and show how organic vegetables should be harvested. He will take you on a tour of Gertrude’s garden to pick vegetables for a spring ragu that he will prepare, along with homemade pasta and cheese. Limit 25. Saturday / May 25 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Members: $50 General Public: $62

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explorations in natural sciences Explorations in natural sciences classes can be found at dbg.org/adultclasses.

Mars, the Desert Planet

Astronomy in the Garden

Arizona has been and continues to be important to the exploration and understanding of planet Mars. Leading scientists at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, continually use the unique terrain of the Southwest in their research as a Mars analog. Join Danny Foley, ASU geologist who has worked on the Mars Rover mission and other Mars research projects, as he discusses the geology and exploration of a planet that has canyons that could stretch from New York to Los Angeles and a volcano almost three times as high as Mt. Everest. Limit 24.

Spend a celestial Friday evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky from one of the best locations in the city for stargazing. We will walk to an ideal location in the Garden to explore and learn about the night sky in the Sonoran Desert, with and without telescopes. Instructed by members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society. Limit 24.

Tuesday / March 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $25 / General Public: $32

Friday / April 12 / 7 - 9 p.m. Members: $25 / General Public: $32

Antartica: The World’s Largest Desert The coldest, driest, windiest and highest elevation continent on Earth is also the world’s largest desert, receiving less than eight inches of precipitation a year. Learn about this frigid landscape and arid environment with Antarctic geologist Danny Foley, who spent a field season at a remote camp deep within the Transantarctic Mountains. Limit 24. Tuesday / May 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Mineralogy of the Sonoran Desert Explore the diverse mineral riches of Arizona’s natural resources and the geology of the Sonoran Desert through the building blocks of rocks and minerals. Why are some minerals shiny, while others are dull? Why some are common, and others coveted precious stones? Through lecture and hands-on investigation, learn about mineral formation and the basic geologic skills needed to identify and understand various minerals and their unique natural properties. Instructed by Danny Foley. Limit 24. Tuesday / April 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $25 / General Public: $32

Geological Tour of “Hole in the Rock” in Papago Park

Geology of the Grand Canyon The geological history 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 Danny Foley. Limit 24. Tuesday / May 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Spring into Bird Songs

Explore the fascinating geological history of Arizona and learn how to identify rocks and interpret geological processes during a hike in Papago Park, adjacent to the Desert Botanical Garden. While most of the short hike is easy, there are some areas of loose gravel with unstable footing. Instructed by Danny Foley. Limit 25.

This class, which will start in the classroom and finish on the Garden trails, will put you well on your way to knowing your backyard birds by sight and sound. If you have woken to the birds singing in your garden and wished you knew who to thank (or to scold), then this is the class for you. Taught by the Garden’s own education department bird enthusiast Emily Morris. Binoculars and bird guides provided. Limit 15.

Saturday / April 6 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $25 / General Public: $32

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explorations in natural sciences Creatures of the Garden Complementing the Garden’s flora is a splendid variety of other critters, large and small. Look into any cactus flower and you will see insects collecting pollen. Stop and look in and around the trees and you will find ground squirrels, lizards and maybe one of the resident desert tortoises. In this class, we will learn more about the Garden’s animal side and then head out to the trails and put our identification skills to the test. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 24. Saturday / March 23 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

The Desert Tortoise Revealed Relicts of an epoch when this area was a tropical deciduous forest, tortoises are an important part of the Sonoran Desert history. Learn about their survival mechanisms, why they are considered keystone species and their future prospects in a changing world. We will discuss proper etiquette when encountering a tortoise in the wild, as well as how to care for them in captivity. After the lecture and discussion, participants will have a chance to meet the resident Garden tortoises. Instructed by Laurie Nessel. Limit 20. Sunday / April 14 / 3 - 4:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Brewing and Botany Hummingbirds In this class, we will reveal the secret lives of hummingbirds as we explore their behavior. Learn about the unique structures that allow them to produce such wondrous colors and discover how they are able to fly in such miraculous ways. We will go into the Garden to uncover hummingbirds’ surprising feeding strategies and courtship behaviors and gain practical experience in the identification of hummingbirds. Although not required, students are welcome to bring their own binoculars. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24. Sunday / March 24 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Spring and Summer Warblers Warblers are among our most colorful birds, and they can be very common in spring migration. Although their active and engaging behavior is one of their most attractive features, it can also make it difficult to identify these busybodies. In this class, you will learn about which warblers to expect in our area in the spring and summer and how to identify warbler groups by their shape and foraging methods. You will also learn ways to attract these birds to your yard. As part of the training, a field trip to a restoration area is included. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24. Wednesday and Saturday / April 3 and 6 Wednesday / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 10 a.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50 26

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Learn how subtle variations on four simple ingredients (two from plants, one from the Earth, and one from the air) shaped the world and how beer is considered the third most popular drink on earth, behind only water and tea. In this class, you will learn how different varieties of beer are made and how botany has influenced the fermentation process from early to modern times. This program will cover brewing in the Southwest from ancient civilizations to modern microbreweries. Instructed by award-winning home brewer Danny Foley. Limit 24. Tuesday / April 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Orioles, Meadowlarks and Blackbirds This amazingly diverse group of birds ranges from brilliantly colored orioles to pure black blackbirds, and from beautifully melodious meadowlarks to harsh voiced grackles. Explore what unites this diverse group and its controversies. We will talk about which species are present in our region and learn the skills needed to overcome difficulties in identifying them. We will also explore their behavior and ecology, including their intriging feeding preferences. The class includes a walk around the Garden to observe their behavior and practice our new identification skills. Although not required, students are welcome to bring their own binoculars. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24. Saturday / May 4 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Natural science classes sponsored by Maricopa Audubon Society


DBGenus

Parkinsonia (Cercidium)

The Garden is committed to giving students an in-depth look at their favorite groups of desert plants. Each plant grouping, or genus, will be examined in terms of taxonomy (classification), morphology (structure), ethnobotany and horticulture. This unique approach to the plants in the Garden’s collection will provide new perspectives whether you are walking our trails, gardening in your backyard or just enjoying nature.

Explore the diversity of the genus Parkinsonia. This genus is home to trees native to semi-desert regions of the Americas and Africa, including our beloved palo verdes and Arizona’s state tree, Parkinsonia florida. Discover how these trees’ adaptations to desert conditions have made them incredibly versatile species for our landscapes. This classroom and trailside course will be taught by Rebecca Senior, ISA Certified Arbortist® and Desert Landscape School instructor. Limit 25. Saturday / May 11 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 / General Public: $32

Volunteer opportunities The Garden is beautiful in the spring, and there is no better time to start volunteering. We are committed to providing our volunteers with first-class training, continuing education that is fascinating and fun, and a true sense of purpose. Whether you are a Master Gardener, a plant novice, or an experienced “people person,” there is a place for your unique skills, interests and enthusiasm here at the Desert Botanical Garden. Every volunteer is asked to be a Garden member and to participate in an orientation process. Most volunteer positions require specialized training, which we provide. This spring orientation sessions occur in February. To get started, please visit the Garden’s website, dbg.org/volunteer. There you will find a volunteer application. Fill it out online, and we will contact you to get the process going. We invite you to join our hard-working team!

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education through travel and adventure Education through travel and adventure classes can be found at dbg.org/adultclasses.

Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip

Rancho de los Caballeros Tour

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. This relaxing trip also allows participants to view the wildlife attracted to this oasis with the backdrop of the rugged desert landscape. Learn about the cultural and natural history of this rare riparian ecosystem. Price includes continental breakfast, professional guides, river raft and safety gear. Limit 16.

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 moderately difficult 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 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 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 and gratuities are included. Transportation from the Garden is available. Departure time is 8:30 a.m. and return time is 4 p.m. Limit 20.

Friday / March 1 / 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. Members: $100 / General Public: $120

Thursday / March 14 / 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Members: $50 ($65 with Garden transportation) General Public: $62 ($77 with Garden transportation)

Bagdad AZ Mine Tour Join geology instructor Danny Foley on a tour of Arizona’s Bagdad Copper Mine. Get the chance to peer over the edge of an open-pit mine. Sort through some of the tailings for traces of copper minerals, including chrysocolla, malachite and azurite. Walk through the mill to see how the rocks are crushed down and processed to remove copper. Stand next to trucks bigger than some houses that can haul over 250 tons of material. Visit the incorporated town of Bagdad and hear some of the history behind one of Arizona’s oldest, and yet technologically superior, copper mines. And of course, there will be roadside geology discussions as we drive there and back. Bagdad is a major open pit copper/molybdenum mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. The Bagdad site was one of the first mining claims in Arizona, staked in 1882, and has been actively mined since. Includes transportation from the Garden and snacks. Lunch at The Diner on Main is not included. Limit 10. Saturday / March 23 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

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Wallace Gardens Tour

A Geology Road Trip

Do not miss an exclusive opportunity to view and enjoy a private collection of desert plants from around the world without leaving town. Join us at Wallace Gardens in north Scottsdale for a gentle walking tour led by Lee Brownson. This tour, on private trails, is not open to the general public and 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 a contribution to Wallace Gardens. Transportation not included. Directions will be provided with class confirmation. Limit 20.

The greater metropolitan Phoenix area is called the Valley of the Sun, but do you know why? Or why the Mogollon Rim is a literal rim around that valley? Learn how the famous Papago Park “Hole in the Rock” got to be there, view spheroidal weathering, volcanic plugs, basalt and aplite dikes, fault lines, and other examples of the processes that shaped the Valley of Sun. Join Garden instructor Ken Furtado as he takes us past Sunflower, around Roosevelt Lake, into Globe, and back to Phoenix via Apache Junction. We will stop at various points along the way to get a closer look at the rocks and to make brief treks of one-quarter mile or less. Lunch will be on your own in Globe, arriving back at the Garden mid-afternoon. Includes transportation from the Garden. Limit 10.

Saturday / March 30 / 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Saturday / April 6 / 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Members $50 / General Public $62

Tucson Nurseries Tour Join us as we head south to explore the plant nurseries of Tucson. We will be visiting some of the most significant and well-known nurseries specializing in cacti, succulents and plants native to the Sonoran and other deserts. Each stop will include a special tour of the nursery and guests will have an opportunity to purchase a limited number of plants to bring home with them. The program will be led by Angelica Elliott, Garden landscape and gardening education manager, and Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 20. Day-trip includes: • Round-trip transportation • Nursery tours and discounts • Entrance to Tohono Chul Park • Lunch Not included: • Plant purchases Friday / April 12 / 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Members: $85 / General Public: $106

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A Taste of Arizona: Desert Botanical Garden Tour of Sonoita Wineries Join us as we visit three wineries in beautiful southern Arizona to learn about varietals, wine-making techniques and sustainable practices. Of course, we will also taste some great wines! We start the day at the Wilhelm Family Vineyards for a tour and catered lunch. Next, we visit Kief-Joshua Vineyards, a family business committed to sustainable agriculture, and we end our day at Dos Cabezas Wineworks, producing wines in Arizona since 1995. Limit 40.

Urban Farm Tour The concept of urban farming is becoming more popular throughout the U.S. as people strive to create more productive and sustainable urban landscapes. Do not miss this opportunity to visit several local farms to see how the concept of urban agriculture is being applied to the Sonoran Desert. This will be an exclusive, behind-thescenes tour of several of the more significant city farms in the Valley of the Sun. At each location you will hear firsthand comments from representatives of each farm about design, installation and maintenance. Price includes roundtrip transportation and picnic lunch. Limit 12. Saturday / April 20 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Members: $60 (includes Garden transportation) General Public: $75 (includes Garden transportation)

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Day-trip includes: • Round-trip transportation in a luxury motor coach • Professional tour guide • Lunch • Wine tastings at three wineries • Bottled water and snacks on board the coach Not included: • Personal expenses • Gratuities for driver and guide Friday / April 19 / 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Members: $140 / General Public: $175


Circle Z Ranch Nature Weekend Travel with us this spring to one of the best birding locations in the world! The historic Circle Z Ranch near Patagonia, Arizona is situated on 6,500 acres at 4,000 feet elevation and has entertained guests since 1926. We will explore the grasslands and oak-covered foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains and the riparian gallery forests along the ever-flowing Sonoita Creek. This variety of habitats supports a tremendous diversity of birds, plants and other wildlife. As this trip is scheduled during the best birding time of the year, there is sure to be a mixture of migrants and local species, including Lazuli bunting, vermilion flycatcher, gray and zone-tailed hawks, and the broad-billed hummingbird. The weekend program will be led by renowned author and naturalist Lynn Hassler. Trip leader for the Garden will be Jack Gilcrest. Accommodations range from individual rooms to suites. Limit 12. Three-day trip includes: • Lodging for two nights • Catered meals prepared at the ranch (Friday dinner / Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch) • Guided tours and handouts Not included: • Transportation to and from Circle Z Ranch • Personal expenses Friday – Sunday / April 26 - 28 Arrive Friday at 4 p.m. / Depart Sunday at 2 p.m. Members: $675 per person General Public: $845 per person

Antelope Canyon and Glen Canyon Tour Come with us to the frontier of adventure at Page and Lake Powell. Located beside the Navajo Nation, Page is rich in geographic, cultural and historic marvels to explore. Our tour starts with a visit of Wupatki National Monument en route to Page. Upon arrival, guests enjoy lunch on their own before we tour the inner workings of the monumental Glen Canyon Dam. For dinner, we enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Powell before retiring for the evening. On Saturday morning, our Navajo guide leads us through the narrow slot canyons of Antelope Canyon. Then, we have lunch at Colorado River Discovery and board the rafts for a float trip on the Colorado River. We head south Sunday morning, stopping for a short hike to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Lunch is on your own in Flagstaff, arriving at the Garden late afternoon. Three-day trip includes: • Roundtrip transportation in a luxury motor coach • Professional driver and tour guide • River raft trip with lunch • Guided tour of Antelope Canyon • Lodging for two nights (including breakfast) • Dinner cruise on Lake Powell • Admissions to Wupatki National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreational Area • Bottled water and snacks • Garden staff / host Not included: • Personal expenses • Meals not mentioned • Gratuities to guide(s) and driver Friday – Sunday / June 21 - 23 $675 per person double occupancy (Roundtrip from the Garden) $765 single occupancy (Roundtrip from the Garden)

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Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

Seven-night Cruise Package Escape the summer heat and join Garden staff member Luana Vargas for an exceptional experience along the Arctic Circle. Much like our Sonoran home, the people and ecology of Iceland are shaped by weather and powerful geological forces. Experience this unique world as we cruise the coastline in the comfort of a superb mega-yacht and explore the natural wonders of the island. Iceland has become a top destination for experiencing pristine nature, gorgeous vistas and vibrant culture. Summers in Iceland are surprisingly warm, lush and green; with days lengthening until the sun dips but never sets. Birders will be especially excited to visit this country, home to huge colonies of kittiwake, razorbill, glaucous gulls and Arctic fulmar. On day six of this journey, you will visit the Vestman Archipelago, home to eight million puffins—the symbol of Iceland. Naturalists and photographers alike will find endless subjects among the breathtaking landscapes, geological features and wildlife.

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Come along and experience an exotic, pristine and truly magical landscape! The seven-night cruise package includes: • Seven nights in a deluxe outside stateroom on Le Boréal • Zodiac landings and shore excursions • Naturalist lectures • Garden staff / host • Airport to ship transfers • Superb dining with all meals included during the cruise • Mineral water, coffee, wine served with meals • Afternoon tea • Flat screen TV/DVD, internet access, safe, hair dryer, satellite telephone, French bath products, bath robe • Onboard entertainment • Optional bar package available for $45 per person per day July 30 – August 7 Cruise rate from $3,975 (per person, double occupancy; rates do not include airfares)

For additional information, please contact Luana Vargas, Garden Program Director for Adult Education, or call Affinity Group Tours at 480 544.0144.


Gardens and Glass Tour of Seattle Join Garden staff members Tina Wilson and Elaine McGinn for a quick trip to Seattle where we will visit local gardens and relish the culture of the cool northwest. The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, but we will also explore the lovely Bellevue Botanical Garden, showcasing plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. August will be prime time for blooming hydrangeas. We will soak up the culture from the top of the Space Needle to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. And a culinary tour will give you a behind the scenes experience of the sights, sounds and flavors of Pike Place Market on the waterfront. The five-day tour includes: • Lodging with continental breakfast for four nights at the Executive Hotel Pacific • Complimentary wine tasting every evening • Guided culinary tour of Pike Place Market • Welcome dinner • Guided tour of the Chihuly Gardens and Glass Museum as well as the Museum of Glass in Tacoma • Guided tour of Bellevue Botanical Garden and the gardens at Chateau Ste. Michelle • Admission to the Space Needle Observatory • Wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery • Airport transfers in Seattle Call for quote on airfare and trip cancellation insurance.

Reserve your spot now – this tour is sure to sell out! August 21 – 25 $998 per person double occupancy $1,359 per person single occupancy

Call Affinity Group Tours at 480 544.0144 for additional information and to register.

LAST CHANCE Sonoran Sky Tour By popular demand, the Garden returns to southern Arizona to explore the night sky and learn how giant telescope mirrors are being developed to produce the widest, fastest and deepest scans ever captured by a single telescope. Friday and Saturday / March 29 and 30 (Roundtrip from the Garden) $429 per person, double occupancy $489 per person, single occupancy

Call Affinity Group Tours at 480 544.0144 for additional information and to register.

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children and family education Children and family education classes can be found at dbg.org/childrenprograms.

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

Spring Session

March 26 – April 26

Young children discover the wonders of the desert alongside their caregiver in our nature-based preschool program. We use music, stories, arts and crafts, nature walks, movement, touch and observation to explore a new theme each week.

Classes available for 3 – 4 year olds:

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.

March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

NEW THIS SPRING! Siblings 12 months and under are now welcome to join us.

Limit: 12 children with an accompanying adult.

Tuesday mornings March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday mornings Friday mornings March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Classes available for 4 – 5 year-olds: Limit: 14 children with an accompanying adult.

Tuesday afternoons March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 / 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday mornings March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday afternoons March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25 / 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Class Fees Member: $100 per five-week session General Public: $125 per five-week session For more information, please call 480 481.8123; or to register visit dbg.org/seedlings or call 480 481.8121.

Science Enrichment Program: Learning Labs

Join us to explore and understand the wonders of the Sonoran Desert this spring. Each month participants will take an informative hike followed by a tasty snack and a classroom investigation. Our uniquely designed curriculum blends handson, inquiry-based learning with a dose of fun and is taught by enthusiastic Garden staff and volunteers. This spring we will learn about the fascinating interactions between plants and animals through a study of pollinators including bees, butterflies and birds. No pre-registration required. Meet at Admissions. Price includes child and accompanying adult. Adult participation is optional. For ages 4 – 13 March 21, April 18, May 16 / 1 - 3 p.m. Members: $15 / General Public: $20

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Girl Scout Program: Desert Discovery

Our Desert Discovery programs will create a fun and memorable experience for girls as they learn about life in our desert. Girls will experience nature first hand and will connect with each other and our desert community. Troops can select the topic and time that works for them. Participants of each tour will receive a participation patch as they complete activities that help them fulfill requirements to earn Girl Scout badges. Bountiful Butterflies Scouts will learn about the life cycle and habitat requirements of butterflies and visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Available October, November, March, April and May. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are welcome. Program fee: $8 / scout and $8 / chaperone

Sonoran Survivors

Desert in the Dark What is our desert like in the dark? Scouts will experience the Sonoran Desert at night while learning about the stars and nocturnal animals through this self-guided program. Available Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 - 9 p.m., late May through late August. Registration begins March 1. All levels of Girls Scouts are welcome. Program fee: $6 / scout and $6 / chaperone

Program capacity: 5 scouts minimum, 25 scouts maximum; 1 chaperone per 4 scouts For additional information or to register, please visit dbg.org/girlscouts or call 480 481.8121.

Where is the water and why is our desert so hot? Scouts will learn about conditions in a desert and how desert plants and animals are able to thrive in such an extreme place. Available October through May. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are welcome. Program fee: $6 / scout and $6 / chaperone

Bugs and Beyond Insects and other invertebrates thrive in the desert. Scouts will explore numerous desert habitats while learning how to identify five different insect species. Available October through May. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are welcome. Program fee: $6 / scout and $6 / chaperone

School Groups

Spring Break Children’s Class

Sonoran Desert Adventure Field Trip Program

Urban Farm Tour

The Garden offers field trips for grades pre-K to eight. These science-based nature programs utilize the Garden’s unique resources to inspire students with hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences. Teachers can select from 11 different and exciting topics. Field trips correlate with Arizona Academic and Common Core Standards for each grade level. Students can also visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion from October through November, and March through May for an additional fee. For additional information, visit dbg.org/fieldtrip or call 480 481.8121.

Join us for this full day class that will explore the journey of food from the ground to the plate. Students will start at the Garden, learning about the importance of plants to humans with activities, investigations, and a fun snack; they will then travel to a local farm to see veggies growing in person. The day will finish back at the Garden where the children will learn how to grow their own food at home! Campers must bring their own sack lunch. For ages 8-12.

Supported by Act One Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, The Boeing Company, Cox Charities, Coyotes Charities, The Dorrance Family Foundation, the Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Foundation, The Ferry Family Foundation in Memory of Ernest S. and Virginia D. Ferry, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Meridian Bank, SRP and Thunderbirds Charities

Wednesday / March 13 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Members: $48 General Public: $60

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children and family education Family Classes Preschoolers: Wild about Wildflowers

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

Discover the many colors and shapes of the desert spring with your preschooler in this fun and interactive preschool program. We will go on a nature walk, read a story, eat a yummy snack, and make a fun craft! Price includes one child (ages 3 - 5) with an accompanying adult. Saturday / March 9 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $24

Become a Hummingbird Scientist Practice being a real hummingbird scientist by learning about their colors, their behaviors, and how to identify common Phoenix species. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly upside down and backwards; they are fast, extremely territorial and beautifully colored. We will explore the wonders of these jewels of the sky and make our own hummingbird feeder to take home. This program is designed for families with children ages 6 - 13, but children 17 and under are welcome. Price is per person. Saturday / April 13 / 9 - 11 a.m. Member: $16 / General Public: $20

Spring Star Party Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society for a family friendly evening of exploring our night sky with high powered telescopes and interactive activities. Learn to identify constellations, investigate the colorful rings of Saturn, and view the largest planet in our solar system—Jupiter! This program is designed for families with children ages 6 - 13, but children 17 and under are welcome. Price is per person. Saturday / May 18 / 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. Members: $16 / General Public: $20

Miraculous Mobiles with Artist Carolina Escobar Bend wire and stretch fabric to make a hanging work of art. Starting with a walking tour of her contemporary artwork, Whispers of a New World, Carolina Escobar will inspire families to make art of their own. Escobar uses bright colors and shapes inspired by nature, and she will guide families in the construction of their own mobile to take home. All materials are provided. This program is designed for families with children ages 6 - 13, but children 17 and under are welcome. Price is per person. Saturday / May 25 / 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $18 / General Public: $22

For more information, please call 480 481.8123; or to register visit dbg.org/childrenprograms or call 480 481.8121. Children and family education programs are generously supported by The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.

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Desert Rainbows May 28 – 31

Explore the startling array of colors of the Sonoran Desert; you will be amazed how many colors you will find. To further heighten the imagination and wonder of camp, we are happy to welcome back Childsplay theatre company. You will never think the desert is ‘just brown’ again! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 24 campers. Ages 4 - 6 / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Members: $130 / General Public: $160


Summer camp at the Garden is always an adventure! Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. The Garden’s enthusiastic educators encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Every day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free choice learning, snack, games, art projects and more! Wet and Wild Desert June 17 – 21

Splash into the summer by celebrating the wonderful ways of water. We will spend the week learning about where our water comes from, how it cycles through the environment, and how desert creatures survive with limited rainfall. We will cap off this wet and wild week with a trip to the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, where the kids will meet plants and animals of the Salt River. Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 28 campers.

Bring on the Birds! June 3 – 7

Join us to discover the fascinating diversity of Arizona birds. Did you know that people come from all over the world to look at birds in Arizona? Learn why birds sing, how they make nests, what they eat, and how far they can fly. To practice your new bird watching skills, we will be joined by a bird expert on a field trip to Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Finally, Liberty Wildlife, a bird rescue organization, will bring some of their rehabilitated education birds to teach us even more! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 28 campers.

Ages 7 - 12 / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Members: $250 / General Public: $310 For more information, please call 480 481.8123; or to register visit dbg.org/camp or call 480 481.8121.

Ages 7 - 12 / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Members: $250 / General Public: $310

Insect Investigations June 10 – 14

Investigate the tiny and tough world of insects in this week of camp. Did you know that the Sonoran Desert has the highest number of different types of pollinators of anywhere in the world? This must be a perfect place to study insects! This week of camp has many special guests, including experts on butterflies, bees and ants. Join us and become an expert too! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 28 campers. Ages 7 - 12 / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Members: $250 / General Public: $310 Desert Botanical Garden SPRING CALENDAR

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registration information

Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20% discount on education programs. To become a member, go to dbg.org/membership-support. Register Early Advance registration is required for all education programs, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be confirmed by email. Should your program be unavailable, your payment will be refunded.

Adult Program Registration Information Register online at dbg.org/adultclasses. For additional inquiries, email AdultEduc@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 Monday through Friday.

Adult Education Policies Refunds are available for cancellations made at least five (5) business days prior to the event (less $20 fee). No refunds are available less than five (5) business days and fees/registrations cannot be transferred to another date or program. • Programs may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the Desert Botanical Garden cancels a program. • Refunds will not be issued for missed class sessions. • Special rules and cancellation fees may apply to trips. • A waiver of liability may be required for specific programs.

Youth and Family Program Registration Information Register online at dbg.org/youthprograms. For additional inquiries, email teacherrsvp@dbg.org or call 480 481.8121 Monday through Friday.

Children’s Program Policies Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the event. Cancellations made less than 10 business days will incur a 25% cancellation fee. • Programs may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the Desert Botanical Garden cancels a program. • Refunds will not be issued for missed class sessions or after program start date. • A waiver of liability is required for all children’s programs. Please visit dbg.org/girlscouts for Desert Discovery Girl Scouts Program cancellation policy information.

If you are unable to attend an on-site class, you may send an alternate adult participant with your confirmation.

Adult Education Age Requirements • 13 to 17-year-olds may attend with an adult. Both must pay full class fees. • Less than 13 years, may not attend.

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Adult/Student members receive $15 off weekday lift tickets, and $10 off weekend lift tickets. Children (6 - 12 yrs) receive $10 off weekday lift tickets and $5 off weekend lift tickets. (Discounts not valid 3/10 - 3/16). Adults/Students/Children receive $5 off lift tickets during holiday periods (3/10 - 3/15/13). Members receive 15% off lodging (Discounts not valid 3/10 - 3/16). Offer expires 4/1/13. Simply present your Desert Botanical Garden membership card and a photo ID at the ticket office to receive the discounts outlined for you and your family. durangomountainresort.com | #1 Skier Place | Durango, CO 81301

Enjoy the Benefits of Garden Membership • Free Garden Admission – 362 days • Free Butterfly Exhibit Admission – March-May and OctoberNovember. • Guest passes to the Garden and Butterfly Exhibit • Reciprocal admission and discounts at more than 250 other gardens, arboreta and conservatories • Discounts: Music in the Garden concert tickets, Purchases at the Garden Shop, Guest Admissions, Classes and Workshop fees, and March/October Plant Sale purchases. The following membership level provides admission for one adult only and does not include children. $65 Aloe Vera Club – One guest pass

$700 Golden Barrel Club – 10 guest passes, one free scooter rental per visit, invitation to three exclusive events or programs, recognition in a Garden publication and new member Garden Discovery Tour

The following membership levels provide benefits for two adults and members’ children/grandchildren under age 18. $75 Senita Club – Two guest passes $100 Cholla Club – Four guest passes and one free scooter rental per visit

Additional donor levels are available for annual gifts of $1,250 and higher.

$150 Agave Century Club – Six guest passes, one free scooter rental per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, recognition in a Garden publication and new member Garden Discovery Tour $300 Boojum Tree Club – Eight guest passes, one free scooter rental per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, recognition in a Garden publication and new member Garden Discovery Tour $500 Ocotillo Club – 10 guest passes, one free scooter rental per visit, invitation to two exclusive events, recognition in a Garden publication 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 dbg.org

Please contact the Garden at 480 481.8179 for information about these levels.

APPROACHING RETIREMENT? Now may be the time to consider a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) to provide income for life at a fixed payout rate. It also secures an immediate income tax deduction for you and, upon your death, what remains will provide for the future of the Desert Botanical Garden. For a gift investment of $10,000, the Desert Botanical Garden agrees to make annuity payments to one or two annuitant(s) for life. Payments are based upon the age of the donor(s). Best of all, a charitable annuity can be quick and simple. This contract executed between the donor and the Garden needs no attorney assistance. (We encourage you to speak with your tax advisor to fully understand your own individual tax implications.) Your generosity can benefit both you and the Garden. To learn more visit the Garden’s website at dbg.org (click Membership/Support, then Planned Giving) or contact Susan Shattuck, gift planning officer, at 480 941.3507 or by email at sshattuck@dbg.org.

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

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 480 941.1225 | dbg.org

Open Daily

Wildflower InfoSite

Patio Café

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

March and April dbg.org/wildflowers

Open Daily

Garden Closed

Where are the wildflowers? Go to dbg.org/wildflowers during March and April for reports from Arizona’s desert parks and gardens. No Internet? Call our Plant Hotline. See Plant Hotline info this page for hours and information.

Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and July 4

Garden Closes Early February 20 / March 22 / 3 p.m. April 27 / May 23 / noon

Admission Fees Members: Free Adults: $18 Seniors: $15 (60 years and older) Students: $10 (13 – 18 and college with ID) Children: $8 (3 – 12) Children under 3 are admitted free.

Schilling Library

Free Admission

Gertrude’s

Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month from 1 - 8 p.m.

Garden Information 480 941.1225 / Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Membership Helpline 480 941.3517 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June – September / Monday – Friday October – May / Daily

Members receive personal assistance with any membership questions, renewals or issues purchasing tickets for special events.

Plant Hotline Desert Plant Questions planthotline@dbg.org or 480 481.8120 / Monday – Friday 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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

Call Center 480 481.8188 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily

For special event ticketing, check dbg.org for current information.

480 481.8133 / Weekdays 12 - 4 p.m.

Find information about plants and other desert topics in our special reference collection. For specific research, please call ahead. 480 719.8600 Lunch and dinner reservations or go to dbg.org/gertrudes to book online 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Visit the Garden’s newest destination! Join us for breakfast and birdwatching, lunch and a leisurely stroll through the stunning grounds, or a perfect handcrafted cocktail at sunset and a beautiful, locally sourced dinner by Chef Eldridge.

Get the latest info for the Garden at

On the Cover:

Learn about growing artichokes and other vegetables in the desert at the Center for Desert Living Trail. Photo by Adam Rodriguez.

The Garden’s Patio Café offers visitors a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Call 480 941.1225 for seasonal hours or to ask about group options and facility rental information.

Group Tours and Activities For reduced group rates for 10 or more, call 480 481.8104 or go to dbg.org/groupsales.

The Garden Shop 480 526.8891 / Open Daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Shop in the newly renovated Garden Shop for distinctive gifts, books, home and garden decor, gourmet foods and unique desert plants. Shipping is available.

The Mission of the Desert Botanical Garden The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.

The Garden is powered with 100% renewable energy provided by

Official Airline of Desert Botanical Garden

FREE WI-FI is available in five locations within the Desert Botanical Garden: the area in front of Admissions, Ottosen Entry Garden, Boppart Courtyard, the Center for Desert Living Trail, and Ullman Terrace. Partial funding provided by the Arizona Community Foundation. PLEASE RECYCLE. Passing your calendar on to a friend is a great place to start.

Spring 2013 Garden Calendar  

Daily and weekly activities. Special events and member events. Kids classes and summer camp.

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